Paula Bunton Obituary, Death – On September 7, Paula Bunton lost her brave battle with cancer after touching tens of thousands of lives. Of course, her family will miss her most. She leaves her beloved mother Ruth Garriott Bunton, brother John, and niece Anna. Father Paul Bunton and sister-in-law Linda Bunton died before her. Jack, Alice, Jayne Perkins, Prudie Campbell, AnneTaylor (Will) Renshaw, Katie Campbell (Bobby), Mary Rose (Joe), and Caroline Renshaw are also present.
Paula planned to attend Lafayette High School from Fayette County schools. She graduated from North Central High School after her family moved to Indianapolis for her father’s job. She earned a Rank 1 from Georgetown College and a BA and MA from Eastern Kentucky University. Paula and her family attended Lexington’s Immanuel Baptist Church. Paula taught masterfully. She was the first Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High teacher and taught at Leestown and Beaumont Junior High. Paula influenced many young people throughout her career. Her students will remember her as a great teacher who challenged and inspired them to do their best while being honest and fair. Her coworkers will remember her honesty, fun, and cooperation.
Paula’s quick wit, love of fun, and loyalty won her many friends. Paula made several lifetime friends at EKU. Paula had many close friends from her teaching career, in addition to those who liked boating at Herrington Lake, golfing at Spring Valley Golf Club, and sunning on Destin and Sanibel beaches. She attended every Birthday Girls’ supper. As for Paula, “once a friend, always a friend.” She adored celebrating kids’ birthdays, bridal and baby showers, graduations, and weddings with her friends. Paula loved traveling and led youth and adult tours across Europe. She often indulged in her favorite vice—fine dining. Her friends said she was a “foodie.”
After a multi-course meal, she often said, “This is really good, but not as good as my mother’s.” On Thursday, September 14, Immanuel Baptist Church will hold a Celebration of Life. The visitation runs from 4:00 to 5:30. Celebration begins at 5:30 PM. Instead of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Lexington Humane Society, Bluegrass Care Navigators, or your favorite charity in Paula’s name. Visitation: 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Immanuel Baptist Church Lexington, 3100 Tates Creek Rd., Lexington, KY, United States, Thursday, September 14, 2023.