Dorothy Merla Bunt
February 20, 1930 – February 14, 2015
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and treasured friend Dorothy M. Bunt. Dorothy died at Cherington Place care home in Surrey on February 14, 2015 following a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and a short struggle with pneumonia. Dorothy was born in Vancouver, and upon marrying Bill, she moved to Chilliwack in 1952 where she lived until 2009, after which she relocated to Surrey. While still doing an excellent job of raising four grateful children, Dorothy started a 22-year career with the BC Ministry of Human Resources in Chilliwack before retiring in 1995. In her retirement years, Dorothy enjoyed her many friends and family, travelling in general (and cruises with Bill and other family members in particular), shopping, and just enjoying life. She even attempted parasailing after heart bypass surgery in the early 1990s. Dorothy’s sense of humour and kindness touched many and she always brought a positive energy to any situation. She was very proud of her family and often bragged of her children and grandchildren. Dorothy was also very fond of her cat “Buddy”.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, William (Bill) G. Bunt, her parents, Harold L. Doidge and Martha Doidge, and her two sisters, Helene Turner and Ruth Dorsey. She is survived by her four children: Merlin (Sandy), Bill Jr. (Lynn), Sherri, and Susan (Dave), her ten grandchildren: Jeff, Trevor, Lacey, Hayley, Michael, Whitney, Christopher, Anthony, Danica, and Nicole, as well as four great-grandchildren: Jake, Nate, Alexis, and Amaya. Many thanks go to the staff of Cherington Place care home who loved Dorothy and cared for her very well in her final years. A graveside service will be held at Chilliwack Cemetery on Little Mountain at 1:30 p.m. on February 26, 2015 followed by a reception at the Coast Chilliwack Hotel on First Avenue in Chilliwack at 2:30 p.m. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Dorothy’s name to the Alzheimer’s society of BC or to their local SPCA chapter.