Leatha M. Bunker 95, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at Kansas Christian Home.
She was born March 4, 1920, in Carmen, Oklahoma, to Floyd S. and Leah B. (Garvin) Taylor. On April 23, 1939, she married Arthur M. Watkins Jr., and he preceded her in death in 1972. She later married Edwin R. Bunker on June 25, 1982, and he preceded her in death in 2005.
Leatha loved music and enjoyed playing the piano. She also enjoyed dancing and was an excellent ballroom dancer. Her greatest joy in life was her family, and she was good mom to her loving children. She greatly looked forward to spending time with her loving family and many friends.
Leatha is survived by her son: Eugene and his wife Kathryn Watkins of Newton; daughters: Lynda White and her husband Grover of Mulvane, and Diana Hopper and her husband Bob of Castlerock, Colorado; step-children: Larry Bunker and his wife Pat of California, Ellen Griffen and her husband Scott of Arkansas, and Susan Schoenecker and her husband Dan of Shulte. She also is isurvived by grandchildren: Curtis Watkins, Kim Benningoff, Ron Watkins, Don Larson, Mark Larson, Tracie Horsch and Kerrie Jackson, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, three brothers, Alvie, Ralph and Lester, and one sister Ada. She also was preceded in death by one great-grandchild.
A graveside committal service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at El Paso Cemetery in Derby with Chaplain Denny Bell presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Petersen Funeral Home.