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Bonnie Marie Roberts, age 99, of Perry, Oklahoma was the daughter of Harry Earl and Bertha Mae Cawood Koch. She was born August 7, 1915 in Potter Community, south of Hayward, in southeast Garfield County and died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the Green Valley Nursing Home in Perry, Oklahoma.
Bonnie grew into adulthood serving the Potter Community Church in many capacities for most of her first fortyeight years. She attended grade school at Stanton, graduating from Hayward High School in 1932. In 1936, she received her Bachelors Degree in Education from Central State Teachers College in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Her first four years of teaching until 1940 were at Hempfling School in Noble County. Bonnie married her best friend and sweetheart, Jessie Daniel Roberts on April 27, 1940 at Central Christian Church in Enid, Oklahoma with Rev. Sours officiating. The couple was engaged in farming in the Potter Community from 1940 until the late 1960s. Jessie preceded her in death on June 2, 1984. In December 1954 she returned to the teaching field at Lone Star School in Noble County for four years.
In 1960 the family moved to Marshall, Oklahoma. They united with the Christian Church in 1963. Here she served the church in many ways for the next thirty years, before moving to Enid in January 1993. She taught 3rd and 4th grades at Marshall School for eighteen years, from 1958 to 1976, when the school annexed to CovingtonDouglas School. She retired from the CovingtonDouglas School in 1977.
She was a member of OEA and Garfield County Retired Teachers, the Palettes Art Group at Marshall for twentyfive years and the Waukomis Christian Church.
Bonnie was a person of many hobbies and felt that using your mind and hands in a worthwhile way extended her life. Not only did she enjoy nature and painting, but she gardened and shared what she grew with friends. She wrote and published a book of stories and a history of Hayward Church and School. She make quilts for the YWCA, Salvation Army and for many others. She enjoyed piano playing and her work in genealogy.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Perry, Oklahoma, with Pastor Martin Foster presiding, assisted by Pastor Dave Jones, Waukomis Christian Church. Interment will be at Marshall Lions North Cemetery in Marshall, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of the BrownDugger Funeral Home. Bonnie was a woman who enjoyed sparkle and bling, therefore the family has requested that those attending her service are encouraged to wear cheerful holiday attire.
Casket bearers are Sammie Hill, Steve Ross, Gene Voskuhl, Tom Gleason, Edmond Earnheart, Vance Hammer and Mike Murphy. Honorary casket bearers are Jim Sissney, Randy Ward, Bill Winchester and Kenny Heckman.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014 at the BrownDugger Funeral Home in Perry, Oklahoma.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Waukomis Christian Church, YWCA of Enid or Companion Care Hospice, all in care of BrownDugger Funeral Home, 1010 North 7th Street, Perry, Oklahoma 73077.
Bonnie is survived by her three daughters, Jean Nealis and her husband, Tom of Enid, Oklahoma, Cleta Simms of Perry, Oklahoma and Sue Klingaman of Mulhall, Oklahoma seven grandchildren, Pam Nealis Zelaya and her husband, Al of Trabuco Canyon, California, Sharlott Klingaman Davis, Gary Davis, both of Perry, Oklahoma, Robert Klingaman and his wife, Schloe of Ponca City, Oklahoma, Mark Nealis and his wife, Heather of Owasso, Oklahoma, Scott Klingaman and his wife, Tracie of Perry, Oklahoma, Gayle Nealis of Owasso, Oklahoma, Curt Simms and his wife, Kelly of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma fifteen great grandchildren and five great greatgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie her parents, Harry and Bertha Koch son, Jarold D. Roberts brothers, Melvin Koch and Sylvan Koch sister, Ruby Kirchner soninlaw, Dean Klingaman.
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