Mary Lou Bunce, age 87, of Cambridge and formerly of Deer River, died February 15, 2021 at GracePointe Crossing. Memorial services, which will include a mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Deer River, will be planned for summer 2021, a date has not yet been determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 15 1st Ave NE, Deer River, MN 56636.
Mary Lou Bunce (Box), of Cambridge and formerly of Deer River MN, died peacefully at the age of 87 on Monday February 15, 2021.
Mary Lou was born in Deer River in 1933, the #6 child of Tom and Molly Box. She lived there and graduated from Deer River HS, class of 1951. On June 16, 1956 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Deer River, she married Albert Bunce and for 64 amazing years was happily and lovingly married. Mary Lou and Al settled in Richfield where they made good friends and raised their family. She was a Mother to 3 children: Patty (her favorite), Tom (her favorite), and Pam (her favorite) which then led to her becoming Grandma of 8 wonderful grandchildren (Laura, Michael, David, Nicole, Jack, Molly, Samantha, Sarah) and great Grandma to Marshon, Jr.
After Al retired they moved back to Deer River and started a 22 year tradition of spending the winters making more friends and having fun in Yuma, AZ. It was in Yuma that she and Al developed a talent for working with stained glass. That talent resulted in many beautiful pieces of art, including a window in the chapel at the Deer River hospital and three beautiful religious pictures that hang in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Over the years she gifted many stained glass pieces to family, friends, and charitable causes in the area.
She and Al then moved to Gracepointe Crossing in Cambridge. It was there that she lived her last 4 years, becoming part of a supportive caring community of people whose compassion and warmth allowed her to live her final days with dignity and peace. We are thankful for you all.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Molly (Grossell) and her 9 brothers and sisters; Lenore Champlain, Mildred Moore, Robert (Bud) Box, Georgia Ann Meade, Jack Box, Nancy Walsh, Janet Hentges, John Box and Sally Evans.
She lived a life filled with family and friends, she was always determined and maybe just a tad sassy (in a good way!) with the motto of “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!” Gracious, grateful, and appreciative of life’s gifts….she will be missed greatly and remembered fondly by many friends, family, and especially Al.