May Bunts (1926 - 2017)

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May Irene Bunts
May 10, 1926 - July 28, 2017
May Irene (Cornell) Bunts, 91, of Nampa, passed away at a local care facility on Friday, July 28, 2017 following a series of strokes over four months. A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate her life will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, August 4, 2017 at the College Church of the Nazarene, 504 E. Dewey Ave. in Nampa. A private inurnment will be at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise. Services are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Ave. So. - 442-8171. An online guest book and the complete obituary are available at
May Bunts was born on May 10, 1926 in Fargo, North Dakota, the third of five children born to J.R. and Minnie Christiansen Cornell. May grew up on farms in Moorhead, MN and Nicholas, NY. She graduated from Nichols (NY) High School in 1944 and from Eastern Nazarene College (B.A.) in 1948 and from Cornell University (M.A.) in 1954. She taught high school English for 48 years in Nichols, NY; College High on the campus of NNC; Berkeley, CA and Greenleaf Friends Academy. She retired in 1996. She married Larry Bunts on August 19, 1950 in Binghamton, NY. She gave birth to their only child, Rhea Laurie Bunts Jenkins on October 12, 1961.
May is survived by her husband of nearly 67 years; her daughter; 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. May was a member of the Church of the Nazarene for over 70 years.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the May Bunts Scholarship at Northwest Nazarene University, 623 S. University Blvd., Nampa, ID 83686.


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Aug. 2, 2017
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