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Elizabeth Bunting Ackerman

Elizabeth Bunting Ackerman, 52, of Gilbert, AZ died Thursday, December 31, 2020, with her brother and husband by her side after an extended battle with cancer.

Elizabeth, or Liz as she would like to be known, was born in Durham, NC in 1968 and was the daughter of James Blair Bunting Sr, and Carolyn Elizabeth Hackney Bunting. On August 31, 2002 she married David J. Ackerman in Raleigh, NC.

Liz graduated from Charles E Jordan High School, in Durham, NC in 1986. After High School, Liz went on to complete her degree Speech and Language Pathology from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, in 1992.  In 1999, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Hawaii Pacific University and worked in various medical and cardiac nursing positions in North Carolina including the University of North Carolina Hospitals and Wake Medical Hospitals, before moving to Arizona with her family, where she worked in patient care as well as administrative nursing positions later in her career.  More recently, Liz worked with Banner Health as a Case manager and with Honor Health Systems as a RN Auditor.

Liz was known by her many friends and coworkers as kind, loving, caring and fun-loving, a devoted mother and a professional colleague of integrity.  Despite her strength and sturdiness, she was an empathic and gentle soul with an interest in the well-being of others, and a keen sense of what was right.

Liz was a dedicated mother, volunteering at Mesquite Elementary School, South Valley Junior High School, and Campo Verde High School.  She took great joy in her children, and actively supported Elyse’s music endeavors at Campo Verde High School, Gilbert Town Fiddlers and Youth Symphony of the Southwest, and Mitchell’s love of hockey and participation in several sports.

Liz was predeceased by her father, mother, and mother-in-law Delores Dianna Ackerman.

In addition to her husband and children, Liz is survived by her brother, Dr. James Blair Bunting Jr. (Dr. Anne Hedges Horst) of Washington, DC, her father-in-law Robert C. Ackerman of Wellsville, NY, sister-in-law Dianna M. Ackerman, of Wellsville, NY, brothers-in-law Robert S. Ackerman of Olean, NY, and Thomas C. (Dawn) Ackerman of Fuquay-Varina, NC and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A local memorial service will be planned for those who knew and loved Liz and will be announced at a future date.  A private service will be held at York’s Corners Cemetery, Willing, NY, at a later date.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Elizabeth to The Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) Association, contributions can be made for Elyse and Mitchell Ackerman College Fund via Zelle to,  or to a charity of your choice in Liz’s name.

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  • Giovanna Pico Posted January 7, 2021 4:34 PM

    In my thoughts and my prayers

    • David Ackerman Posted January 13, 2021 6:37 PM

      Thank you, Gio.

  • Sarah Rice Posted January 8, 2021 8:59 AM

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Liz was a great person and will forever be missed.

    • David Ackerman Posted January 13, 2021 6:45 PM

      Thank you, Sarah.

  • Julie Haskett Posted January 9, 2021 7:17 AM

    When I think of Liz, it’s always with a smile on her face. She was such a sweet person, so friendly to everyone, and an advocate for her patients.

    • David Ackerman Posted January 13, 2021 6:44 PM

      We all love and will miss her sweet smile. Thank you.

  • Wyatt Dixon Posted January 9, 2021 6:35 PM

    Liz and I grew up as friends in Durham and graduated from Jordan High School together. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Your family is in my prayers. One of my fondest memories of Liz was her laugh! It was amazing! May the Lord lift and bless your family!!

    • David Ackerman Posted January 13, 2021 6:38 PM

      Thank you, Wyatt. Her laugh was simply the best. and missed terribly.

  • Caroline Niblock Posted January 10, 2021 9:51 PM

    Wuz was a wonderful person who I grew up with in Durham NC. She was funny and delightful and we shared many good times on Camelot Court. She was a cherished family friend.

    • David Ackerman Posted January 13, 2021 6:41 PM

      Thank you Caroline. Two words that describe her beautifully.

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