Mittie Marie Campbell Bunker was born in Glendale, Trinity County, Texas on January 14, 1937, and entered into eternal life with our Lord on May 2, 2018 in Webster, Texas.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron Isaac Campbell and Mittie Thompson, as well as her siblings, Altha Odom, Lorene Hightower, and Eugene Campbell, and her beloved husband, Edward Franklin Bunker.
She is survived by her children, David Bunker and wife Leigh Ann, Bo Bunker and wife Julie, and Brenda Stoddard and husband Howard.
She had 5 grandchildren: Crystal McMahon (and husband Patrick), Aaron Bunker (and wife Hannah), Chris Stoddard (and wife Erika), Amanda Medrano (and husband Josh), and Cody Bunker.
She had 8 great-grandchildren: Ethan McMahon, Avery McMahon, Cason Bunker, Grace Bunker, Eli Stoddard, Scarlett Medrano, Olivia Stoddard, and Natalie Medrano.
Marie was a four-year letterman in high school basketball, with her team taking home top honors in the state of Texas all four years. She also played volleyball, tennis, and participated in drama club while in high school. She graduated from Angleton High School in 1955 and in later years continued her education at San Jacinto College.
She was married on May 4, 1957 to Edward Franklin Bunker. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary just 3 days before he went to be with the Lord on May 7, 1982.
Marie worked as a secretary at Sears Roebuck & Co. where she met her husband-to-be, Ed Bunker. Later, she worked as a secretary for the District Office of the Assemblies of God, and as church secretary at First Assembly of God in LaPorte. She continued her secretarial career at Shell Oil Company and ultimately retired in 2005 from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Marie taught Sunday School and was involved in youth group ministry at several churches during her lifetime, including Golden Acres Assembly of God in Pasadena, Texas, First Assembly of God in LaPorte, Texas, Cornerstone Assembly of God and Christian Temple Assembly of God, both in Houston, Texas.
Marie and Ed launched the Bible Quiz program for teens at First Assembly of God in LaPorte, and were also instrumental in helping other churches start Teen Bible Quiz programs. She spent hours and hours developing questions about the Bible passages that the youth were learning in order to help them perform better in competition. Her passion for this program resulted in teens developing a love for the Word of God that has remained in their hearts to this day.
Marie lived in a senior community after her retirement, and was voted Valentine Sweetheart on more than one occasion there. She loved organizing games, theatrical plays, and other events for her fellow residents. She also organized both local outings as well as out-of-state trips for the OK Fellowship (a group for seniors) at Christian Temple for many years.
Marie was most proud of her family and doted on her many grandkids and great grandkids. She came to every program and athletic event that she could in order to cheer them on. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, whether reading, fishing, watching movies, or playing games. A more recent passion of Marie’s involved making things with her hands. She would make crafts at her retirement community, painting clay figurines, making jewelry, placemats, napkin holders, you name it -- and all of her children and grandchildren possess evidence of her creativity. These items were truly labors of love for her family. We used to joke with her that we were going to have to build an extra room in order to display all the artwork she bestowed upon us!
Her passing leaves a hole in our hearts that will not be filled until we see her again in Heaven, but we know that she is rejoicing with the angels right now and is reunited with her beloved husband, Ed, and other family members who have gone on before her. We share the hope of God’s promise in II Corinthians 5:8, that to be absent from this body, is to be present with the Lord. To paraphrase Paul in 2 Timothy 4, she fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith, and has received her crown of righteousness.
Marie’s life was a life well-lived, and we can only imagine the joy she is experiencing today. We love you the mostest, Mom and MeeMaw, and we’ll see you in heaven.