Jeanette Bunch, 98, died on Friday, December 3, 2021 at her home in Hattiesburg, MS. She was born in Stillwater, OK and moved to Starkville, MS in 1946 with her husband Dean. She lived there for 67 years and moved to Hattiesburg to be near family after Deanís death in 2013.
Jeanette grew up in Stillwater and earned a bachelorís degree in microbiology from Oklahoma State University. She worked at an airplane factory during World War II when Dean was overseas. After the war they moved to Knoxvillle, TN where Dean earned a Masterís Degree in Agronomy. After his graduation they moved to Starkville and he worked at Mississippi State in the Seed Technology Laboratory. He ultimately became the labís director and later was Director of International Programs for Agriculture and Forestry. She was a stay-at-home mom for their 3 children and later went to college at Mississippi State where she obtained a degree in education. Afterward she enjoyed working at schools in Starkville for a number of years teaching reading.
Jeanette had an optimistic spirit and, according to her, had ďa charmed life.Ē Her interests included sewing, cooking, knitting prayer shawls with church members, swimming with her grandchildren and her friends, and traveling. She and Dean made several international trips and she enjoyed the sights of Costa Rica, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. Mississippi State had a contract with USAID and the Bunch family moved to Brazil from 1964-67 so that Dean could assist their Ministry of Agriculture in developing seed laws. She willingly assisted Dean in hosting parties in their Starkville home for international students and Mississippi State personnel. She and Dean were charter members of Trinity Presbyterian Church where they worked and worshipped for more than 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dean, their infant son David, and their grandson Jonathan Bunch.
She is survived by her brother Charles Kelley (Sue); her children, Karen Walker (Lee), Gary Bunch (Connie), and Deanna Stevenson (David), as well as 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Jeanette will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Starkville at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Beat 4 project at Trinity Presbyterian, 607 Hospital Road, Starkville, MS 39759.