Services for Bonnie Stone, 96, of Chariton, will be Monday, December 19, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Chariton. Burial will follow at the Chariton Cemetery.
Family will receive friends on Sunday, December 18, 2022, from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.
Bonnie Lou Price was born March 14, 1926, in Russell, Iowa to Fred and Ethel Price. She grew up in Russell, and graduated from Russell High School in 1943. She was active in high school and church activities, and also worked part time to help her mother.
After high school, Bonnie started working at the Chariton Seed Store for Edmond Stone and Sons. It was there, she met their son, Keith, after his return home from the war. Knowing she’d found the love of her life, they were married on June 27, 1948; and began their happily ever after. They were blessed with six children: Linda, Carol, Karl, Sherri, Kirk and Don. She made a happy home for her family, and was a Sunday School teacher, Scout leader, Brownie leader, PTA room mother, all while driving them where they needed to be and attending all of their activities. As her children married and blessed her with grandchildren, and great grandchildren, her loving heart embraced them all, and her greatest joy was always to have her family around her. Her love had no limits, and she welcomed them all with love and something to eat, anytime day or night.
She was baptized and a member at the Methodist Church in Russell, later transferring her membership to the First United Methodist Church in Chariton. With her strong faith and a serving heart, she graciously helped wherever she could. Her church has been a home to her, with an extended church family she cherished.
At the age of 56, she started working in the Music Department at the Chariton Public Library. She enjoyed the work and developed many friendships with the patrons, especially the children. She decided to retire 25 years later, as God gave her a new purpose.
She started a card ministry that knew no boundaries. She sent greeting cards with hand written messages for all occasions. As her outreach grew, she’d buy more cards and stamps to send more loving thoughts. Stacks of cards were mailed daily, and her joy was in knowing she made someone’s day a little brighter.
She lived a full life sharing love, kindness, strength, and an angelic smile to all. Her life was lived to make other’s lives better. She was surrounded by love, with a smile in her heart, when God took her hand and gave her His heavenly reward.
Bonnie passed away December 14, 2022. She will be dearly missed by her children: Carol Honeywell, Karl (Lori) Stone, Sherri Chandler, Kirk (Rita) Stone, and Don (Cris) Stone; loving grandchildren: Julie (Mike) Ohrazda, Mark (Lili) Honeywell, Karla (Don) Frisby, Shawn (Teri) Stone, Tanner (Jen) Stone, Jerid Delpierre, Aimee (Brooke) Delpierre, Tyler (Calan) Chandler, Tracy (Ryan) Jobman, Tiffany (Matt) Klaassen, Jenna (Aaron) Madison, and Brianna (Seth) Ruppert; loving great grandchildren: Nathan, Alison, Eugene, Alex, Alexis, Mercedes, Reagan, Beckett, Lia, Asher, Rye, Adry, Maizie, Terra, Elsie, Amelia, Elly, Makenna, Kyler, Samuel, Ollie, Ada, Abraham, Selah, and Jovie; relatives and friends.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Stone; daughter, Linda Stone; great grandson, Chance Frisby; sons-in-law, Eugene Honeywell and Gary Chandler; and sister, Muriel Witman.
The service will be livestreamed through the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/bonnie-stone