Alberta ‘Buckie’ Somers

Feb 14, 2017

WAYNESVILLE — Alberta B. 'Buckie' Bulkley Somers, of the Community at Southgate in Shrewsbury, MA, formerly of Waynesville, N.C. and Sarasota, FL, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was 94.

Born on Feb. 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 Dec. 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 and nephews.

A memorial service to honor and remember Buckie's life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Southgate, 30 Julio Drive, Shrewsbury. 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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