GENEVA, N.Y. - Services for Lynne Eileen Bunnell, 68, of Geneva, N.Y., will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Geneva with an open reception to follow at the family's home on Lochland Road. All friends and family are invited. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Geneva Public Library, children's programs.
She died Friday, March 1, 2013, unexpectedly yet peacefully at the Geneva General Hospital in Geneva, N.Y., surrounded by family members.
Lynne was born near Sandy Lake, Pa., and grew up in Houghton, N.Y. After graduating from college, she married David Bunnell in 1966. Lynne taught school for several years and had a life-long interest in the education of inter-city children; she specialized in childhood learning disabilities.
She and Dave raised their family in Dallas, Texas, where they lived for more than 30 years. In Dallas, Lynne was involved in a number of cultural, civic and charitable activities, including the Dallas Junior Symphony League, the Junior League of Dallas, the Park Cities Garden and Sewing Club. Lynne and Dave moved to Marshall in 2002, where they lived for five years before retiring to Geneva, N.Y., closer to Lynne's childhood home.
While in Geneva, Lynne became a member of the Allyns Creek Garden Club in Rochester, the Catherine Foster Hopkins Art Reading Club of Geneva, and the Geneva chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Building on her long-standing interest in interior design and her talent for home decoration, Lynne opened Annie Walker's in 2009. This home-furnishings boutique has become known for its unusual and elegant furniture, accessories and accents, which all reflect Lynne's creative touch and artistic flair.
Lynne was a loving wife to her husband and devoted mother to her three children, Jason, Jessica and Rebecca. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Judy Slawter of Ballston Spa, N.Y., Mrs. Deborah Barker Richmond, Va. A third sister, Sheryl Slate of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away in 2009.
Lynne will be remembered by her many friends for her passion and enthusiasm for life, and for all things beautiful. She had an outgoing personality and a loving, giving spirit. Her thoughtfulness and generosity were known to many.