CAMBRIDGE – Lula Mae (Buzzell) Bunker, 108, passed away Oct. 30, 2013, at Dexter Health Care. A resident of Cambridge since 1934, Lula was born Sept. 10, 1905, in Etna, a daughter of Ellsworth and Elizabeth (Soule) Buzzell.
Lula attended schools in Etna, graduated from MCI in Pittsfield in 1923, and attended Farmington State Normal School. In 1927 she married Robert N. Bunker of Main Stream, who predeceased her in 2005 after 77 years of marriage.
In addition to teaching school in Athens and Harmony, she was employed at Baxter Canning Company in Hartland, Snowflake Freezing Plant in Corinna, and as a bookkeeper for Bartlett Woolen Mill in Harmony and Bunker’s Garage in Cambridge. Lula was a member of Cambridge Baptist Church and a past member of Eastern Star, Farm Bureau, and Snow Devils Snowmobile Club. Lula and Bob loved their camp at Moose Pond and their Cuddy Lot. They enjoyed the outdoors of Maine while traveling in their motor home, flying, fishing, snowmobiling, and four-wheeling. Lula continued their traditional evening games of Liverpool Rummy with family and friends until she was no longer able to live alone. Since May 2011, Lula resided at Dexter Health Care.
She is survived by daughter, Marita Bunker Farrar and husband, Rodney, of Ripley; daughter-in-law, Nancy Bunker of Cambridge; nephew, Freeman Buzzell Jr. and wife, Donna, of Madison; six grandchildren, Dennis Folsom and wife, Sonia, of Readfield, Brenda Folsom and husband, Gerard, of Parkman, Pamela Farrar of Ellsworth, Timothy Farrar and wife, Rhonda, of Sidney, Valerie Bunker Ripley of Windham, and Mark Bunker of Cambridge; 15 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Bob, she was predeceased by her twin sister, Laura Buzzell in 1909; brother, Freeman Buzzell Sr. in 1945; daughter, Elizabeth Bunker Folsom in 1962; grandson, Douglas Folsom in 1966; daughter-in-law, Sharon Bunker in 2002; great-grandson, Colin Noiles in 2008; and son, Robert N. Bunker Jr. in 2011.
Friends may call 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main St., Dexter, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. with Pastor Lois Field officiating. Burial will be at the Cambridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, to honor her life and those family members who predeceased her, donations may be made to The Cancer Research Fund, care of The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Those who wish may sign an online guest register and leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com.