Dolores was born to Corina and Carlos in 1938 in Portoviejo, Ecuador. As a young girl she and her sister Celeste moved to Panama to live with their oldest sister Olga and her family. They both completed their educaton here and graduated from high school. As a young woman she met an American soldier named Larry Bunn from North Carolina. Even though they could not speak the same language, they fell in love and were married in a bilingual ceremony on August 5th of 1955. Her life would be forever changed.
With everything she owned in a single straw suitcase, she left for America with her new husband. They arrived in New York aboard the U.S.S. Gibbons on September 24, 1955. She told a story of how she would gaze at the sky out of their hotel room window looking for Superman.
Dolores and Larry started their new lives together in Wilson, NC. There, with the help of her husband and new family she would learn to speak english. She also learned from television and radio. Together they raised three children, Kim, Larry Jr. and Sabrina. She was hard working and tireless and always did everything she could to help support her husband and family. They lived in many places as an Army family, even in England. Like so many other wives, Dolores bravely faced the uncertainty of having a husband who was sent to Vietnam for a year long tour of duty.
One of her proudest achievements was becoming an American citizen. After successfully completing the required citizenship courses, she was naturalized as an American on September 8, 1966. Dolores was proud to call herself an American from that day foward.
In 2014, Dolores was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery to remove the cancer, followed by a series of radiation treatments. Chemotherapy was recommended but Dolores was against it. She did not want the negative side effects to rob her of her quality of life. With courage and her faith in God, she became a cancer survivor.
Preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Larry Anderson Bunn of Lucama, NC. Dolores is survived by their three children, Kim Celeste West, Larry Anderson Bunn, Jr. and Sabrina Lynn Hall. Dolores also leaves behind three grandsons, Aaron Mikaele Aki, Matthew Wayne Schmitt and Ashton Loren Schmitt as well as two great grandsons. As the youngest of six sisters, she precedes her only rermaining sister Aura, who will be 101 in August of this year.
Dolores was raised in the Catholic faith from childhood. She attended church daily as a child saying she felt close to God there. In the mid 60’s, she and her husband Larry became Sabbath keeping Christians and raised their children in that faith. All through life, they lived their faith by helping family and friends whenever needed or called upon.
Dolores was a member of and attended the Living Church of God in Matthews, NC. She loved God and people.
A Blessing and Tribute to Our Mother
Above Rubies – Proverbs 31:29-31
29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Please join family and friends to celebrate the life of Dolores Bunn.
A service will be held on Sunday August 4th, 2019 at 4:00 PM at:
Matthews United Methodist Church
801 South Trade Street
Matthews, NC 28105
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a contribution to your local church in Dolores’s memory.
When: Sunday, August 4th, 2019 4:00pm
Location: Matthews United Methodist Church
Address: 801 S. Trade St. MATTHEWS, NC 28105