The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 3, 2014

Constance "Pat" Bunce

LOWELL, Kan. — Constance Patricia "Pat" Bunce, age 79, passed away at her home on her birthday, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, after a long illness.

Pat was born in 1935, to Thomas and Macy (Ferguson) Reed at Hockerville, Okla.

She married her longtime sweetheart, Donald Ray Bunce on April 2, 1954, in Picher, Okla. They moved from Picher, Okla., to Lowell, Kan., in 1967. They shared almost 48 loving years together before he passed away March 18, 2002.  Also preceding her in death were her beloved parents and sister, Carol Fowler.

She worked for years as the repairs seamstress at King Louie Factory, Baxter Springs, Kan. She was a member of Hockerville Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was an avid seamstress and sewed for countless family members and friends. She also enjoyed flowers and was known for all the beautiful flowers in her yard. She loved to watch the birds and had a variety that nested there at her home. She and Donald cherished their blue birds the most.

Surviving are three sons, Tom Bunce and wife, Tammy, of Galena, Kan., Don "Bub" Bunce, of Lowell and Tim Bunce and wife, Lexa, of Quapaw, Okla.; one daughter, Trisha Harrington and husband, Kenji, of Diamond, Mo.; one brother, William "Bill" Reed and wife, Linda, of Tempe, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, Tommy Joe, Joshua, Samantha, Christopher and Bodee Bunce, Kelly Casillas and Cameron, Colton and MaKensie Harrington; 10 great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Cody, Morgan, Audrey, Ethan & Clayton Bunce, Taylor and Brendon Anderson, Kamryn Casillas, and Jaedeigh Woods.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, at the First Assembly of God Church, Baxter Springs. Her son-in-law, Kenji Harrington and grandson, Joshua Bunce will officiate. Burial will be at Baxter Cemetery, Baxter Springs. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m.Tuesday, March 4, at Derfelts Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made through Derfelts.

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