AUBURN — Margaret Brown Bunker, 87, of Auburn, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, with family by her side.

Margaret was born in Norway, Feb. 24, 1924, the daughter of Edward and Muriel McKeen Brown. She grew up in Norway and was affectionately known by some as Peg. She graduated from the University of Maine in 1945, with a Bachelor’s degree in dietary science. She was a sister of Chi Omega Sorority.

Following graduation and prior to the end of World War II, she worked as a dietician at the University of New Hampshire. Margaret married Dana E. Bunker on June 15, 1946. They returned to the University of Maine, where Margaret worked as a dietician in the dining hall while Dana completed his education.

In 1948, Margaret and Dana left Maine for a period of years, but later returned to Auburn and made a home for their young family. Many years later, she continued her education becoming an elementary school teacher, retiring from Sherwood Heights. She experienced an overwhelming joy when her students found a love for reading.

In 1987, she and Dana retired to Melbourne, Fla., where she became actively involved in the Suntree Community while still enjoying summers on Taylor Pond. Upon Dana’s death, she again returned to Auburn in 1998, never missing a beat.

She was actively involved in the life of High Street Congregational Church and especially enjoyed her years singing in the choir. In 2006, Margaret moved to Schooner Estates. She enjoyed the Art Club, Little Theatre, The Taylor Pond Yacht Club, gardening, knitting, reading and golf.

Above all, Margaret’s greatest joy in life was caring for and nurturing her family.

She is survived by a daughter, Diane Clark and husband, Donald, of Ogdensburg, N.Y.; a son, Jeffrey of Auburn; a son, Peter and wife, Susan, of Auburn; nine cherished grandchildren; two beloved great-grandchildren, with two more due within the next few months.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Dana; and a brother, Malcom (Bud) Brown.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hattan, Robin Turner and the staff of Marshwood Center for their extraordinary guidance and compassionate care.

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