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Rosalene Cutlip (Bunny) Harkins Obituary
Rosalene Cutlip
Rosalene Cutlip (Bunny) Harkins, a 48-year resident of Sarasota, died on August 25, 2013, at the age of 88.
Bunny was born in Webster County, W. Va., and lived there until she moved to Sarasota in 1965. She was the daughter of J. D. and Ada Cutlip. J. D. was a prominent merchant in Webster Springs, W. Va. Bunny attended the University of New Mexico, where she received a degree in economics. She also met the love of her life, Harry H. Harkins, a veteran of World War II who was attending summer school in New Mexico. They were married in 1948 and moved to Webster Springs, where Harry was a pioneer in the new field of cable television. Bunny supported her husband's career and raised their three sons. The family moved to Sarasota in 1965. In 1976, the couple built their dream house on Siesta Key, where Bunny lived until her passing.
Bunny was predeceased by her husband, her parents and her sister, Virginia Root. She is survived by her three sons, Harry Jr., Scott and Jefferson, her sister, Ruth Rexroad, her daughter-in-law Julie Wehner Harkins, her son-in-law Joseph Shepard, and many nieces and nephews. Bunny was able to travel the world with her husband, and will be greatly missed by her family, her many friends, and her grand-dogs. The family is grateful for her dedicated caregivers, led by Julie Audet, who Bunny loved as a daughter.
A celebration of Bunny's life will be held at her home this fall, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the or to Tidewell Hospice.

Published in Herald Tribune from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2013
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