OBITUARY

Clista Marie Bunch

March 29, 1920April 6, 2019
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Clista Marie Bunch passed away on April 6, 2019 in Salem, Oregon at the age of 99. Clista was born on March 29, 1920 in Bogue, Kansas to Harry and Mae (Clampett) Dunning. Clista grew up with her 3 sisters in the Bogue area and going to school in Stockton. Her father was a wheat farmer while her mother raised turkeys and took in laundry and sewing. The family experienced extreme hardships and poverty, struggling through The Great Depression and The Dust Bowl. They lived in a sod house with a dirt floor and their mother made all of the girls’ dresses out of old flour sacks. In 1939, unable to survive farming in Kansas, they loaded their belongings in the family car and moved to Albany, Oregon. Upon arrival, they pitched a tent in a relatives back yard and picked beans that first summer. Clista often described their awe at the beauty of Oregon-the mighty trees, beautiful flowers, as well as the Pacific Ocean. Once they arrived, Oregon truly felt like their home. In 1940, Clista met and married Max Nettleton. They had 2 daughters, Linda and Dee-Dee. In 1954 they moved to Salem and bought their home in the Northgate Neighborhood. Clista was a homemaker for many years, while max was a butcher with his own shop. Max passed away in 1972. Clista worked for several different businesses in Salem as a secretary, spending several years at Agripac., Inc. Later, Clista married Robert Bob” Bunch. They moved to a townhome at the Terrace Green Estates in Keizer. Bob died in 1980 and she continues to live there for another 45 years. Clista enjoyed music and dancing, gardening, taking long walks around Terrace Green, socializing with friends and spending time with family. She loved to see new places, the beach, her favorite resort was Driftwood Shores in Florence. She enjoyed life, keeping herself in good health and staying active. Clista is survived by daughter Dee-Dee Mostoller of Salem and her sister Verda Krug-Underwood of Albany, her grandchildren include Shelley Alsdorf of Salm, Steve Bevens of Camas, WA, Patrick Farrier of Keizer and 6 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Linda in 2012. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 22 at 10am at First Christian Church, 685 Marion St NE, Salem with burial following at 2pm at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland under the care of Howell Edwards Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors. Contributions may be made in her honor to the MS Society, Oregon Chapter, 5331 SW McAdam Avenue, Portland, OR 97239.

  • FAMILY

  • Harry Arthur Dunning, Father
  • Mae Ada Dunning, Mother
  • Linda Nettleton, Daughter
  • Dee-Dee Mostoller, Daughter
  • Verda Krug-Underwood, Sister
  • Three grandchildren and Six great-grandchildren
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jacob Farrier
  • Colton Farrier
  • Patrick Farrier
  • Steve Bevens
  • Nick Alsdorf
  • John Alsdorf
  • DONATIONS

  • MS Society of Oregon

Services

22 April

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:20 am

Salem First Christian Church

685 Marion Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

22 April

Graveside Committal Service

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Willamette National Cemetery

11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd
Portland, OR 97086

REMEMBERING

Clista Marie Bunch

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Shelley Alsdorf

April 14, 2019

I'm so grateful to have enjoyed so many happy years with you! You were a wonderful Grandma- always active and full of fun! You've taught me strength, determination and great discipline over the years- a true role model for our whole family. I'm honored to have been "your only granddaughter"! Thank you, Grandma..... I love you and will miss you. Give my Mom a big kiss and leave me a good seat up there! Love, Shelley xoxo

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