Bonnie Lee Vineyard, age 86, of Luray, MO, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka.
Bonnie was born July 3, 1932 in Murdoch, OH, a daughter of Clifford and Florence Hill Walker and grew up on a beautiful dairy farm on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio.
She graduated high school in Loveland, OH, and worked as a secretary for a short period until meeting her future husband Carrol H Vineyard who was from Revere Missouri. Bonnie met Carrol when he escorted a family friend/neighbor on a trip to Ohio to see Bonnies family. Bonnie and Carrol married on June 26, 1954, at the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Murdoch, OH then moved to a farm in Luray Missouri to forge their life. They raised three kids along with a menagerie of animals through the years. It was there that she remained until recently.
Survivors include a son, Jeffrey (Beth) Vineyard of Farmington, IA; two daughters, Karen Vineyard of Luray, MO and Lisa (James) Ware currently in Kindsbach, Germany; eleven grandchildren: Brad (Jeannie) Cochenour of Keosauqua, IA, Aaron and Adam Mason, both of Luray, MO, Brittany (Marco) Tenorio of San Antonio, TX, Alexandria Ware of Houston, TX, Jeffrey Vineyard of Burlington, IA, Amanda (Lucas) Bean of Mediapolis, IA, Tressa (Spencer) Troutman of Donnellson, IA and Martin, Lizan and Anderson Vineyard, all of Farmington, IA; 9 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Alvin (Marjorie) Walker of Loveland, OH, Martha (Ronald) Bivens of Murdoch, OH, Shelby (Lynn) Gulliford of South Carolina, and Susan (Barry) Fields of Morrow, OH; brother-in-law, George (Rita) Vineyard of Burlington, IA; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carrol on October 1, 2012; siblings: Patricia, Charles Eldon, Wes, and one at birth.
Bonnie enjoyed being a farm wife, spending many hours alongside Carrol on a tractor or with livestock, and enjoyed gardening, cooking, and volunteering for church/community activities as well. Her favorite hobby was playing the piano and organ She was a well-known figure in the community and was often found sitting on a piano or organ bench at countless functions. She played the piano at Chambersburg Church until it closed and then she started playing for services for many years, at the Luray United Methodist Church. Even though it was getting to be a chore over the last couple years she was able to continue to play with the assistance of faithful friends who could help her onto the piano or organ bench. Through the years Bonnie played for countless weddings, funerals and other activities throughout the county. She loved sharing her talent and loved spending time visiting with her many friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Luray United Methodist Church with Pastor Donna Reid officiating. Special music was provided by George Vineyard, guitar hymn medley and Rae Jean Martin, pianist with congregational hymns “How Great Thou Art”, “Jesus Loves Me’ and “God Be With You.
Honorary pallbearers were Adam Mason, Amanda Bean, Tressa Troutman, Lizan Vineyard, and Anderson Vineyard.
Pallbearers were Brad Cochenour, Aaron Mason, Jeffrey Vineyard, Martin Vineyard, Brittany Tenorio and Alexandria Ware.
Burial was in the Revere Cemetery.
Visitation was held Sunday from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. at the Luray United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Luray United Methodist Church or the Clark Co. Nursing Home.
The family was served by Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka.