Mary L. Bunnin

September 28, 1943 ~ December 27, 2020 (age 77)


Mary Lynn Bunnin (Larson), age 77, of Escanaba, passed away Sunday morning December 27, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 28, 1943 in Escanaba, MI, the daughter of Nils and Rilla (Christian) Larson. Mary graduated from Escanaba High School with the Class of 1961, attended Bay de Noc Community College, Northern Michigan University, and the University of Wisconsin-Stephens Point. She had lived in Wisconsin and California before returning to Escanaba in the late 1970s.

Mary was always actively involved in the community and constantly gave back. Her career was focused on seniors, having worked for MDS – Community Action Agency for 30 years in various roles. She was Director of Foster Grandparents Program and Director of VISCAP, and the Escanaba Senior Center. She participated in events such as Walking for Warmth, and was involved with the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, and Caregivers Support Group in Escanaba. Mary was an active member of the First United Presbyterian Church, where she took her role as a deacon very seriously.

Mary was a kind and generous person who enjoyed life. She was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and also enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs play. Mary was fond of occasional stops at the casino, a good game of Bridge, and seeing shows. She was an original, one-of-a-kind individual whose spirit touched so many. Above all, Mary dedicated her life to her three children.

Mary L. Bunnin is survived by her children, Rhonda Bunnin of Los Angeles, CA, Jeff Bunnin of Escanaba, MI, and Lori Bunnin of Chicago, IL; brother, William Larson of Escanaba, MI; sister Judith Micheau of Iron Mountain, MI; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Nils H. and Rilla C. Larson; husband, David Elias Bunnin; daughter, Dawn Lynn Bunnin; and brother, Jay Larson.

Private family visitation and funeral services will be held on January 5, 2021 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba with Pastor Robert Derheim officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the Delta County Cancer Alliance or the Foster Grandparent Foundation. 

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