ELLSWORTH – Karen Willey Bunker, 79, died peacefully on Oct. 17, 2013. She was born in Franklin on Nov. 24, 1933, the daughter of Richard C. and Winifred Willey.
Karen fondly remembered her days at Ellsworth High School. She attended Fisher Secretarial School in Boston before her marriage to her husband Walter in 1952. They lived in West Gouldsboro while raising their children and moved to Ellsworth in 1982. Karen embarked on a career in real estate after her children were grown. Karen and Walter recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Karen was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served in the Grand Family. She also volunteered at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital while her health allowed.
In addition to her husband, Walter, Karen is survived by her daughters, Pam LaHaye and her husband, Dick, of Morrill, and Kim Bunker-Hodgkins and her husband, Mike, of Trenton; three grandchildren, Matthew LaHaye and his wife, Machelle, Kathryn LaHaye Deetjen and her husband, Bobby, and Molly Hodgkins; great-grandchildren, Carmen LaHaye and Noah Deetjen; her sister, Joan West and husband, Jerry, of Virginia; sister-in-law, Jane Willey of Georgia; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her granddaughter, Sophie Hodgkins; her sister and brother-in-law, Alice and William Rollins; her brother, Dick; and her niece, Karen Rhodes.
Friends of Karen and Walter are invited to visit and share memories 2-4 p.m. Nov. 9, at their home in Ellsworth. A graveside service will be held at Bunker Memorial Cemetery, South Gouldsboro, at a date and time to be announced. Those who wish to make a gift in Karen’s memory may contribute to the Sunshine Fund at Courtland Rehabilitation and Living Center to brighten the lives of patients there. Memorial gifts may be sent to Courtland, at 42 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605. Karen’s family would like to express their gratitude to the Courtland staff for the warm and responsive care she received during her stay there.