Betty Mae Bundy was 'kind, giving person,' dedicated mother, grandmother

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | 5:35 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Years ago, Betty Mae Bundy's daughter Rita would watch her mother apply makeup and ask if she, too, could wear lipstick. Mrs. Bundy would say, "Pucker up," and then kiss Rita, pressing traces of her own lipstick onto her daughter's lips.

Like those lipstick stains, Mrs. Bundy left lasting impressions on many of those around her through her compassion, kindness and unyielding good spirit. 

"She was just a good old lady," son-in-law Chris Fleenor said. "She never had a cross word to say about anyone, and when it was sweltering outside she'd always say, 'It ain't hot.'"

Betty Mae Bundy died Thursday, July 17, 2014. She was 82.

She was born Nov. 1, 1931, to Paul and Helen Turner. She married William Byron Bundy on March 27, 1948.

Together, they raised three daughters in their Columbia home.

"She was a very kind, giving person," said Linda Bundy, one of Mrs. Bundy's daughters.

When one of her daughter's friends didn't have a place to live, Mrs. Bundy opened her home to the girl for a few months.

Among the many things Mrs. Bundy held dear, her family was most important to her. She loved spending holidays with her three daughters and their families.

"She didn't get to see the grandchildren a lot," Linda Bundy said. "So when they were around, she was very happy to see them."

Mrs. Bundy enjoyed being outside. She grew tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini in her garden and enjoyed going fishing with her husband.

She was also a sports fan and loved watching Missouri football and basketball games. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs were two other teams she followed.

Before her husband died in 1994, the Bundys competed in the Shirts and Skirts Bowling League at Town and Country Lanes. Mrs. Bundy won several awards for bowling.

"Earlier, my uncle was telling me how blessed my sisters and I are to have someone like her as a mother," Linda Bundy said. "And I told him, 'Yes, we are truly blessed.'"

Mrs. Bundy is survived by three daughters, Linda Bundy, Nancy Bundy and Rita Fleenor and her husband, Chris, all of Columbia; six grandchildren, Tori Smith and her husband, Joe, Cari Miller and her husband, Chris, Traci Fleenor and her husband, Brett Crowley, Patrick Fleenor and his wife, Naomi, of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Byron Bundy and his wife, Dymund, and Derrick Bundy; three great-grandchildren, Jenna, Taylor and Brock; and several nieces and nephews. 

Her husband, William Byron Bundy, and her brother, Paul Turner Jr., died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery, 30 E. Broadway.

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