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Pauline H. Smith, 65, of Clayton, N.C., passed peacefully at the SECU Hospice House in Smithfield, N.C., with her devoted husband, Stephen P. Bunker, by her side.
Born in Haverhill, June 13, 1952, she was one of six children of the late Charles H. and Donna M. (Mosher) Smith and was a graduate of Northern Essex Community College, where she majored in drug and alcohol addiction, with a minor in psychology.
Her career started as counselor at Turning Point, Inc. in Newburyport. However, with the onset of family illnesses, she dedicated herself to helping them. She was always there to help in sickness as well as in the dying process, taking care of her parents, her sister, her father-in-law, and her mother-in-law, and continued to dedicate her life to helping others, regardless of what their needs were.
From a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, to wonderful sister, aunt, dear friend, and committed caretaker, she felt blessed to have the chance to do the things that meant the most to her - taking care of those who were in her life.
Pauline was a Christian woman with great faith, always praying for someone. She did a lot of volunteer work throughout her life, especially while residing in North Carolina, with various church groups, non-profit agencies, as well as the Alzheimer’s Association.
In addition to her true love and husband, Stephen P. Bunker of Clayton, N.C., she leaves her sons, Shawn J. Arcidiacono, Joseph Arcidiacono and Stephen P. Bunker, Jr.; grandchildren, Ariana Arcidiacono, Isabella Arcidiacono, and Austin D. Bunker; her precious great-grandson, Bentley D. W. Bunker; her brothers, Charles C. Smith, Keith E. Smith and Scott E. Smith; her sister, Dawn M. Burke; along with several generations of nieces and nephews; extended family members; and many dear friends, all of whom loved her dearly. She was predeceased by her daughter, Laurie A. Bunker and her sister, Bonnie L. Chapman. Her passing has left a huge whole in the hearts of those she touched, but her lifelong dedication to nurturing and caring will heal their hearts and lift their spirits.
Visiting hours at the Monument Square Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 334 Main St., Haverhill, will be Friday, June 30, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., immediately followed by a service of “Celebration of her Life.” By request of the family, burial will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to MADD, 25B St., Unit B, Burlington, MA 01803 or online at ma.state@madd.org.
Published on  June 28, 2017
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