February 17, 1922 - February 12, 2017
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts | Age 94
Mrs. Alberta B. 'Buckie' (Bulkley) Somers, of the Community at Southgate, formerly of Waynesville, North Carolina and Sarasota, Florida, died Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was 94.
Born on February 17, 1922 in Collingswood, New Jersey she was a daughter of the late Charles and Erma (Hineline) Bulkley. A graduate of Haddonfield High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey she later graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She married Alfred J. ' Jay' Somers on December 26, 1942 in Haddonfield. Jay enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country during World War II. Buckie worked as a lab technician at Duke University Hospital before staying at home to raise their children.
Jay's work as a CPA and financial executive took them to Cedar Grove and Westfield, New Jersey and later to Chagrin Falls, Ohio for 15 years. Upon Jay's retirement they divided their time between Waynesville, North Carolina and Sarasota, Florida. They moved to Southgate in 2013 to be closer to their daughter.
They enjoyed rounds of golf and friendships that ensued from memberships at Bent Tree Country Club in Sarasota and Waynesville Country Club in North Carolina. Buckie enjoyed a good game of bridge with friends. Social by nature she will be remembered for her great sense of humor. She and Jay were active members of Haywood Christian Ministry and Habitat for Humanity, both in Waynesville, N.C.
In addition to her husband of 74 years, Jay Somers, she leaves their children, Alfred J. Somers Jr. of Sarasota, Florida and Janet L. Gauvin and her husband, Ron of Southbridge; her grandsons, Ryan Gauvin and his wife, Melinda and Keith Gauvin and his wife, Elaina, all of Spencer; her great-grandchildren, Aliyah, Alivia, Christopher and Nicolas; her sister, Erma Glenn of Kennesaw, Georgia; nieces & nephews.
A Memorial Service to honor and remember Buckie's life will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Southgate, 30 Julio Drive, Shrewsbury. The Rev. Lynne Dolan will officiate. There are no calling hours.
Memorials in Buckie's name may be made to Haywood Christian Ministry, 150 Branner Avenue, Waynesville NC 28786 or Haywood Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 283, Waynesville, NC 28786.
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