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Dorothy Mae Bunker

Dorothy Mae Bunker age 94, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 9, 2014 after a long and happy life. She was living in Legacy House in Logan, Utah near her daughter Lorraine, husband Lindsay Burton, children and grandchildren. Dorothy was born in Great Falls, Montana on July 31, 1919, to William "Elmer" and Daisy Wilson. She attended school in Great Falls with her sister Mary Alice and cousins and graduated from high school in Kalispell, Montana. Dorothy married John L. Bunker in Spokane, Washington in September of 1942. The couple lived in a cabin in Seabeck, Washington while John served in the Navy in Bremerton. They moved to Great Falls, Montana in 1946 where they lived and raised their four children. Dorothy worked for many years at Sacajawea School. In 1969 the family moved to Lakewood, Washington, near Dorothy's mother and sister. When John preceded her in death in February of 1977, Dorothy moved to Steilacoom, Washington where she resided until moving to Utah in 2004. A devoted member of United Church in University Place, she served as church photographer and enjoyed many friends. Dorothy had lifelong passions for writing, dancing and learning. Her love affair with dance began as a child, being serenaded by the music of her father's fiddle and her sister's piano. Her passion for reading, journaling and writing (particularly children's stories) offers insight into her heart and soul. She loved gardening and filling her landscape with flowers and vegetables wherever she lived. She is survived by her children and their spouses: Linda and Stephen Black, Bozeman, MT; Kerry and Sheri Bunker, Nashville, TN; and Lorraine and Lindsey Burton, Logan, UT. She was also preceded in death by her son David Bunker (Linda Shipley). Dorothy was a devoted wife and loving mother with wonderful memories of times with her children and grandchildren (David and Aaron; Jami and Jodi; Kjersten; Scott, Chelsea, Jay, Kimberlee, and John). She was also blessed with 20 great-grandchildren (and counting). A memorial service will be planned for the summer of 2014 at University Church in Washington.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 17, 2014
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