An Eldest Child’s Eulogy for His Mom

Tony B and the Recursive Mothers
Tony B and the Recursive Mothers

Elizabeth Louise Bunn of Baltimore, Maryland, aged 79 years, died in the morning of October 13, 2017 of natural causes during a protracted convalescence following kidney surgery.

Born on November 8, 1937 to Helen Louise and Nathaniel Gambrill, Betty, as she was called by those who knew and loved her, was a person of exceptional tenacity and perseverance.  Afflicted with polio at the tender age of four, she survived the rigors of the “Iron Lung” treatment, and matured to develop a rich life despite her infirmity.  At age twenty, she eloped with Robert Archie Bunn.  From their union were born three children…and indeed she would proceed to imbue them with a spirit to achieve that would equal her own.

Shortly after the birth of her first child, she worked for a while as a substitute teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools.  However, two subsequent births caused her to stay at home to focus on rearing her children.

Once all her kids were in school, Betty returned to school herself, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University.  While working in a clerical capacity at Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Towson, she went on to earn a Master’s degree in Sociology from Coppin State College in Baltimore.  During this period, with her kids in their teens, her health began to decline as she endured the progressive complications of post-polio syndrome.

Confined to a bed from about the age of forty, she nevertheless continued to inspire her children (and countless others) to achieve.  Betty would go through great pains to make sure to be present on occasions that recognized milestones in her children’s careers, as each would go on to have direct worldwide impact in their various endeavors.

Betty leaves to mourn her, sons Robert “Tony” Bunn and David Bunn, daughter Gabrielle Goodman, granddaughter Nikki de Neergaard-Bunn (from Denmark), stepson Robert “Jeff” Bunn, daughters-in-law Deborah Bunn and Karen Bunn, brother Michael Gambrill, sister-in-law Carol Gambrill, numerous cousins, niece Erica Gambrill (and her sons), nephews Raymond Gambrill and Michael Gambrill, and many who were both inspired by and/or inspiring to her.

Also, the family would like acknowledge the devotion of Becky Kur (from Nigeria), who worked as Betty’s personal caregiver for a great many years.

Finally, Elizabeth Bunn was a woman of uncommon Christian faith.  Throughout her many trials and tribulations, she was never heard to curse God.  Instead, might she be remembered for her frequent utterance of the phrase “God is good!”  May she forever rest in the peace of That Goodness.



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