HOWLAND - Jamie Rae Grocott Bunker, 56, of Howland, passed away at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic Downtown Campus, ending a yearlong battle with cancer.
Jamie was born Jan. 23, 1953, in Warren, the daughter of William and Roselyn Gonella Grocott.
A lifetime area resident, she was a 1971 graduate of Howland High School. In 1975, Jamie received a dual bachelor's degree in elementary education and special education, and in 1988, she earned a master's degree in curriculum from Youngstown State University.
She taught at Fairhaven School her entire educational career at various levels. In February 1991, she was promoted to the position of transition coordinator, where she would remain until her retirement in 2008.
Her accomplishments over the years were many. She was a Warren Little Panther cheerleader from 1962 to 1965. She was the first Bolindale and Deforest homecoming queen in 1966. She was a foreign exchange student to Spain in 1969, and in 1993, she received the Golden Apple Teacher of the Year award presented by NEOSERRC for her outstanding efforts in serving students with disabilities.
Jamie loved spending time reading, shopping, making jewelry, traveling, writing poems, attending car shows with her husband and playing slot machines. Her favorite destinations included Las Vegas, Florida, Hawaii and Maine. She was a founding member of the Howland Roadhounds Car Club with her husband, Bruce.
Her most favorite thing to do, however, was to spend time with the loves of her life, her two grandchildren, Gavin and Haidyn.
On July 12, 1975, she married her best friend since 1966, Bruce Myles Bunker, and they had two sons, Benjamin Myles and Brett William.
Jamie will be sadly missed by her loving family, husband, Bruce; sons and daughters-in-law, Benjamin Myles and Amanda of West Farmington, and Brett William and Megan of Champion; grandson, Gavin; granddaughter, Haidyn; sister and brother-in-law, Deborah Ann and Bruce Gilger of Howland; one niece; four nephews; six great-nieces; and four great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, William, on July 17, 1975; her mother, Roselyn, on Dec. 27, 1998; and by her dog, Rusty.
The Rev. Don King will celebrate a Mass of Christian burial 10 a.m. Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Church. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Roberts-Clark Chapel and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Interment will be at Howland Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made to the Fairhaven Foundation, 45 North Road, Niles, Ohio 44446, attention Linda Tiihonen.
To view this obituary online or send condolences, go to www.robertsclarkchapel.com.