Louise Bundy - a longtime Tacoma resident - had the unfortunate distinction of being Ted Bundy's mother. Through most of her 88 years, it couldn't have been easy being the mother of one of America's most notorious killers.
As the Adam Lynn of the Trib notes in his piece, Louise Bundy was the married mother of five and working as a secretary at the University of Puget Sound when allegations against her son Ted - the eldest of the Bundy brood - came to light in the mid-1970s. Despite the evidence against him, Louise Bundy stood firm in her support of her serial-killer son - until the very end. On the day of Ted Bundy's execution, she reportedly talked to him twice, telling him at the end of their final call, "You'll always be my precious son."
From the Trib:
Her son's troubles took a toll on her. She and her husband, John, endured jokes and dirty looks over the years and often were forced to change their telephone number to avoid angry calls.
Through it all, she loved her boy.
An active member of Tacoma's First United Methodist Church until she became too sick to attend, the church's pastor, the Rev. Melvin Woodworth, tells the Trib "I always enjoyed Louise."