|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1921|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 2005|
Viola May (Fulgham) Bunn, 1921-2005 Rarely do you hear it said that, "in the seventy-five years that I have known her, I never heard her speak an unkind word about another person". Those were words that Ben Bunn used to describe his wife of almost sixty-five years as the family gathered around Viola Bunn's bed on Wednesday evening in her home on the family farm, celebrating with song and prayer. A few short hours later, Viola Bunn passed from this life, surrounded by her husband, Ben Bunn, and the love of her children and several grandchildren. Viola was born at Culver, Oregon, and later moved to Dayton with her parents, Claude and Olive Fulgham. The Fulghams operated a meat market in Dayton, Oregon, with Fred and Estella Bunn. Their children, Viola Fulgham and Ben Bunn were high school sweethearts and graduated together from Dayton High School in the Class of 1937 as the Salutatorian and Valedictorian respectively. On October 7, 1940, they married in the Dayton Assembly of God Church in a ceremony conducted by the same minister who married Viola's parents on the same date twenty-six years earlier. They made their home on the Bunn family farm between Dayton and Lafayette. Her greatest pride was her family. Foremost was her love and life partner, her husband. Next, her children; a doctor and pharmacist, businessman and developer, lawyer and legislator, housewife and teacher, legislator and commissioner, mother and author, caregiver and loving daughter, soldier and teacher, legislator and congressman, school counselor and administrator, and educator and preacher. She was equally proud of her grandchildren, believing and teaching them to aspire to goodness and grow to be the unique and wonderful person God created them to be. Survival in a large clan is key for newcomers, and so a "Band of Outlaws" was formed in the early 1970's. The Outlaws (spouses of the original children) inducted Viola as "The Original Outlaw," and outlaws became, for Viola, the same as her other children, regardless of changes or marital status. As an accomplished pianist, she made music come alive in the hearts of those who listened, whether in her home or in the church. She established "music club" at her baby grand piano, teaching her grandchildren and passing her love for music on to them. She loved to garden and to crochet for her grandchildren. Her applesauce and potato salad were famous. The crochet dresses for her granddaughters rivaled fashion designers' creations. After suffering a stroke in October 2002, through undeniable faith and optimism, she continued to teach her children and grandchildren, life is a gift to be cherished and worth fighting for. She lived her life with an enduring faith that always guided her thoughts and actions. She was an utmost encourager and exhibited unconditional love to all of those whose lives she touched. Viola was an avid Portland Trailblazers fan. She would watch basketball games with a passion she shared with her grandchildren, as well as daughters-in-law. She kept statistics on each player, each game, watching trades to determine if management knew what they were doing. She loved competition and pushed through the disappointment of the 1989-90 World Championship loss. Her favorite player came to be Arvydas Sabonis, "he played with character." Viola and Ben enjoyed "retirement" on the farm. It provided the time and place for family gatherings. Their only absence was travel abroad with family members or to winter in Hawaii where it was "fun to stretch out on the beach at Waikiki." She always returned with a surprise for the grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ben Bunn and eleven children: Darlene Zickefoose of Newberg, David Bunn of Dayton, Kathy Beckwith of Dayton, Stan Bunn of Newberg, Sandra Elwell of Boise, ID, Ben Bunn, Jr of Dayton, Jeanette Johnson of Meridian, ID, Marietta Thompson of Eagle, ID, Jim Bunn of Amity, Tim Bunn of Eagle, ID, and Tom Bunn of Dayton, numerous "outlaws," 67.5 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; but, who's counting? She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Edmond and Leo Fulgham; a sister, Theressa Thornton Rambo, and two sons, Mark Alan and Nicholas Eli. Services will be held at the Nazarene Church on the Hill, McMinnville, Oregon on Monday, March 28, 2005, at 2:00p.m. under the direction of Macy & Son Funeral Directors. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at the chapel of Macy & Son, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-6pm. Memorials may be given to Legacy Hospice McMinnville or Church on the Hill c/o Macy and Son Funeral Directors.
Benjamin Adam Bunn (1919 - 2014)*
Evergreen Memorial Park
Created by: Kenneth Bunn
Record added: Aug 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40756708