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Bonnie Stephens, 84 - April 04, 2012


Bonnie Marie Stephens, 84, of Gothenburg died April 4, 2012, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating.
Interment will follow in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell.
She was born July 21, 1927, in Gordon, daughter of Clida J. and Florence A. (Glover) Cunningham.
She grew up at Gordon and graduated from high school there. She lived in Gordon, Rushville, Norfolk and Gothenburg.
She married Johnie E. Stephens on June 28, 1954, at Rapid City, SD. To this union, five daughters were born: Verona, Jolene, Kari Lynn, Celeste and Roxanna.
Stephens worked as receptionist and bookkeeper for Dr. Craig Bartruff for many years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also very active in United Methodist Church in the UMW and Bible studies.
She loved reading, enjoyed arts and crafts and always enjoyed visiting with new residents and showing them around at Stone Hearth, family members said. She also enjoyed the activities and exercise classes.
She was preceded in death by: husband, Johnie Edward Stephens in 2002; her parents, Clida J. and Florence A. Cunningham; son-in-law, Kevin Bell; grandson, Brent Beguin; granddaughter, Jessica Wiebelhaus; sister, Hope Saxton; sister, Doris Carpenter.
Surviving are: her daughters and their families—Verona and Perry Beguin of Spearfish, SD, and their children Shawn, and Tina; Jolene and Mark Aragon of New Braunfels, TX, and their children Timothy, Jeremy, Curt and Nicole; Kari Lynn and Bill Wells of Norfolk and their children Andrea, Mitch, Corey and Tiffany; Celeste and Mike Schuhmacher of Chadron and their children Casey and Crystal; Roxanna Bell of Wittmann, AZ, and her children Zac and Samantha; 17 great grandchildren; brother Wayne Cunningham; two sisters—Delores (Bill) Nydahl, and Marva Jeanne Holst; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Memorials may be directed to the Johnie Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o American Legion, 304 16th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

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