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Bonnie Jean Stephenson, 75, of Eldon, IA passed away Monday, February 5, 2018 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa, IA under the care of Hospice of Davis and Wapello County. Funeral services will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon, IA with Pastor Dave Albert officiating. Burial will be held in the Floris Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will begin at noon on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Living Hope Bible Church with family present to greet friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions in Bonnies honor may be directed to the family. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Bonnie Jean Stephenson was born on October 23, 1942 in Iowa City, IA to Harley and Lena Reser Essary. Her early years were spent in Batavia, IA where she attended school. On May 6, 1961, at her parents home, Bonnie was united in marriage to Ronald Gene Stephenson. The two soon began a family, and Bonnie assumed the role of loving mother and wife. They became the proud parents to three children; Ron Jr., Tony, and Laura. Bonnie loved being a stay at home mom and the time it allowed her to watch her children grow. As the children grew older and became more independent, Bonnie entered the workforce. She began working for Plexco in Fairfield and remained with the company for 18 years, retiring in 1996. Bonnie had a love and talent for quilting and sewing. She made many quilts throughout her life. Bonnie would show the completed quilts to her husband Gene who always replied, Thats a keeper. She took pride in her flowers and caring for her garden. Bonnie was a member of the Living Hope Bible Church where she was active in Helping Hands. She was a caring person who will be deeply missed by her many family and friends.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Linda Essary and one son-in-law, Gerold Bone.
Left to share her story is her loving husband, Gene Stephenson of Eldon, IA; three children, Ron Jr. (Diane) Stephenson of Eldon, Tony Stephenson of North Carolina, and Laura (John) Rosenberger of Arkansas; two grandchildren, Mike Stephenson and Josh Robertson; eight siblings, Alice (Butch) Reese, Betty (Bill) Covert, Dave (Cindy) Essary, Jim (Peggy) Essary, Charles Essary, Tom (Theo) Essary, Joe (Joyce) Essary, and Tena (Paul) Weiland, as well as many extended family and friends.
Published on February 7, 2018
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