Obituary: Violet Mildred Magnuson Bunch


Violet Mildred Magnuson Bunch, 93, passed away on April 17, 2018. She was born on April 20, 1924, in Burlington, Colorado to Elmer and Mary Magnuson as the second of five daughters.

The Magnuson family ranched and farmed on the Eastern Colorado prairie. Violet worked the farm alongside her mother and her four sisters, Helen, Ila, Vivian and Delores. On a daily basis, the women took on the physical labor required to manage a ranch of 600 head of cattle, 18 horses, and farming wheat, corn and barley. 

During her teenage years, Violet participated in county track meets and won blue ribbons in broad jump and several running events. She was an avid horseback rider and especially enjoyed barrel racing. After high school, Violet continued her education at business college in Denver and La Junta, Colorado.

She married Charles Bunch, her high school sweetheart, on May 4, 1947 in La Junta. Together they had three children: Charlotte, Marilyn and Robert. She and Charles enjoyed dancing, fishing, hunting, traveling, and entertaining friends. They enjoyed almost 38 years of marriage before Charles passed in 1985. 

Over the course of a very active life, Violet was involved in garden clubs, women’s clubs, and Optimist Club. In her years with the North Carolina Garden Club, she won several awards for flower arranging, and her loved ones closely associated her home and yard with the many beautiful flowers she kept year-round. In Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas, she was an active member of women’s prayer circles. 

Violet had a passion for crossword puzzles, the color green, playing Bridge or Pitch and tending roses. She loved to cook for large gatherings and was especially known for her pies. 

She traveled throughout her life with family and friends to worldwide locations, including China, the Middle East, and fulfilling a lifelong desire to see the island of Capri. Violet was an enthusiastic sports fan cheering on her children and grandchildren’s teams, as well as the local Lago Vista girls’ teams where she was welcomed as a beloved mascot. She never met a stranger and was always interested in everyone’s life and well-being.

Violet was always eager to support and counsel family and friends with her frequent letters, her smiles and hugs and her faith in God’s love. Her hands were frequently occupied with knitting and crocheting everything from blankets to booties, and many friends and family received her carefully crafted gifts of love. She encouraged all of her family to acquire a good education and celebrated graduations with a picture of the graduate and Violet wearing his or her cap. She guided her family to develop good life skills and led by example, working hard and with a joyful heart in everything she did.

Violet has now joined her parents, four sisters and her beloved husband Charles in heaven. She will be remembered as a devoted and kind mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother by daughter Charlotte Hanna (Sam), daughter Marilyn Augustine (Greg) and son Robert Bunch (Katherine); grandchildren Charles Whitten (Jennifer), Jason Pelley (Cerise), Elizabeth Godwin (Norm), John Hanna (Romy), Kathy Lopez (Gabe), Mark Hanna (Lindsey), Paul Hanna (Kasey), David Bunch and Lauren Bunch. 

She was also blessed with 13 great grandchildren: Kaitlin and Emily Whitten, Alex Pelley, Henry, Sammy, and Margot Hanna, Ainsley and Keira Godwin, Evelyn and Rachel Hanna, Wyatt and Lincoln Hanna, and William Lopez. She is also survived by, in her words, “oodles of” beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Violet wrote, “[My family is] the light of my life … throughout our lives, [Charles and I have] tried to do volunteer work, community services and tried to make the most of difficult situations to teach our children to be good citizens. Our riches in life are not only our children, but our friends.”

Visitation will be held at Beck Funeral Home on RR 620 from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. To sign the online guestbook, please visit Funeral service will be at Bethany United Methodist Church (Anderson Mill Road) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 with reception immediately following. A graveside service will be held at Cook Walden Capital Parks Cemetery following the reception. 

The family wishes to thank the staff of the skilled nursing facility at Longhorn Village, and the staff and caregivers of ComForCare for their attention and care over the last three years.

The family appreciates flowers or donations made to the church or charity of your choice, in Violet’s name.