Patricia Louise (Knapp) Bunker, age 85, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away following an illness on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
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She was preceded in death by her parents; 1st Lt. United States Army Coastal Artillery, Raymond Adelbert Knapp and Evelyn Cecilia Cooper Knapp; sisters, Valerie Cooper (Knapp) Ramsay and Shirley Ray (Knapp) Seeto.
She was born in Fortress Monroe, Va. and lived for a short time in Michigan, then moved to Gloucester where she graduated from Gloucester high school. She then spent her young adulthood in Boston. She married her husband in the early 1950's and moved to Marblehead, Mass. She had a great love for the New England Sea Coast.
In 1970 she moved with her husband and son to Los Alamos, where they made their home. She spent several years working as a hostess and bartender at The Pub in White Rock. She had a massive collection of cook books and was an avid reader and collector of antiques. She was a professional dancer and taught dance for the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Boston and for many years she taught line and tap dancing at the White Rock Senior Center. She loved to cook and bake and held numerous cooking classes in her home for the Extension Homemakers Club. She won many blue ribbons and best in show awards from the Los Alamos County Fair. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend.
Mrs. Bunker is survived by her loving husband and children, Franklin Joseph Bunker of Los Alamos; Dayle Bunker Persons of Marblehead, Mass. and Bruce Raymond Bunker of San Rafael, Calif.; 5 nieces/nephews; 10 great-nieces/nephews and many relatives and friends. Per Patricia's request, no services will be held and her ashes will be taken home to Marblehead, Mass. The family of Patricia Louise (Knapp) Bunker has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory. 505-662-2400 - www.devargasfuneral.com
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from May 23 to May 24, 2013