My Aunt Bunny unexpectedly passed away yesterday from a heart attack. She is my dad's older sister, #2 of 4 siblings. She is the mother to my two cousins Richie and Jason, who I grew up with like brothers. It totally stinks that I can't be with my Dad, cousins and family during this time. I live in Arizona and even if I could drive home, the international border is still closed because of COVID.
I have lived away from my hometown now for almost 30 years so most of my memories of Bunny are from childhood. She worked overnight as an nurse and slept through the days but still helped my mom out by babysitting me one whole summer. I have so many memories playing with my cousins, watching many movies because she had First Choice and recorded everything on old VHS. I remember watching Beverly Hills Cop as a kid and there was a scene were the man talked about being a virgin. I asked her what that meant and she told me to ask my mother! hahaha!
Most people who know Bunny know of her incredible talent sewing, knitting and crocheting. She made many, many Halloween costumes for many family members and friends. She never used a pattern and they were incredible. She was also humble and generous, never taking any money for anything! She made me 2 costumes that I wore over and over again.... a devil costume and a blue fairy costume. Here she and I are in 1986 where I won a costume contest at the Boys & Girl Club!
That summer she, her boys and I took the VIA train from Saint John to Ottawa to visit my Dad, who was stationed there with the Air Force. She bought me a Disney coloring book to stay busy on the trip and I still have it. She was always thoughtful and generous.
Years later I took my younger sisters out for Halloween. She let me borrow a costume as I took them door to door.
I moved away and went many years without seeing her. But on a couple trips home we connected. She only met my kids twice:
Obituary of Assunta "Bunny" (Melanson) Patterson
It is with great sadness that the family of Assunta “Bunny” C. Patterson (Melanson) announces her passing which occurred on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born December 18, 1950, in Saint John, NB, she was a daughter of the late James and Vera (Robichaud) Melanson.
Bunny worked as an RN at CentraCare and the General Hospital until her retirement. She was a member of the women’s axillary for 50 years having served as former President of #2 Branch which is now #64 Branch. She had received a Palm Leaf badge for her service there. Bunny was a devoted mother to Richard and Jason, and she adored her grandchildren. A staunch Christian, she was always fun-loving, always looked at the bright side of things, always went out of her way to help others in need, and she was loyal to her family who she loved so dearly.
She is survived by her two sons, Richard Patterson (Cynthia) and Jason Patterson (Amber); sister, Geralda “Gerry” Stevens (Frank); brother, James “Jay” Melanson (Pamela); sister-in-law, Debbie Melanson; eight grandchildren, Skylar Patterson, Samantha Patterson, Reilly Patterson, Noah Herbert, Emma Herbert, Tanika Bourgoine, Frankie Goguen, Samantha Dean; great-grandson, Ralph Whittaker; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Richard D. Patterson, and her brother, Bernard “Bernie” Melanson.