Bonnie Lavoie Flowers James

Bonnie Lea Lavoie Flowers James, 79, was born March 10, 1933 in Concordia, Kansas, to Alfred and Mildred (Kern) Lavoie. She passed away October 3, 2012 in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, Missouri, after a short illness.

Bonnie graduated from Concordia High School in 1951. She married Gerald Flowers on December 24, 1952, and to this union two children were born, Greg and Chris. They lived in Kansas until 1955, when they moved to Houston, Missouri. Bonnie worked at International Shoe then later worked for Brown Shoe in Cabool, Missouri, for 32 years. She retired from there when the factory closed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gerald Flowers; four sisters, Alverta Gray, Albeana Bonebrake, Louella Owens and Betty Hess; and a brother, Meryl Lavoie.

Surviving are her husband, Gardiner William “Bill” James of the home in Cabool; her son, Greg Flowers and wife Nancy, and her daughter, Chris Honeycutt and husband Joe, all of Houston; five grandchildren, Kerry Maxwell, Gretchen Floyd, B.J. Honeycutt, Alicia Thomas and Amanda Kotlarczyk; eight greatgrandchildren, Carmen Floyd, Colin Floyd, Kaliegh Maxwell, Spencer Maxwell, Maddison Thomas, Emily Honeycutt, Chase Honeycutt and Kaelyn Honeycutt; Bill’s brothers, Jackie James and wife Rose, Richard James and wife Cathy, and Jim Joe James and wife Sue; Bill’s sons, Edward James and wife Evelyn and Bill James, Jr. and wife Julie; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Bonnie enjoyed life on the farm, raising a garden and taking care of her family.

When Gerald passed away in 2007, she remained on the farm at Bado, Missouri. She was an active member of Bado Community Church and the XYZ senior adults of First Baptist Church. She enjoyed going places and eating out, especially with friends and neighbors Steve and Vicki Brown.

Bonnie attended her 60th class reunion in September 2011 and met once again her high school sweetheart, Bill James. They had not seen each other for 60 years and soon decided they didn’t want to be separated again. Bill and Bonnie married June 16, 2012.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be sorely missed by all her family and friends.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Bado Community Church, in her honor, in lieu of floral arrangements.

Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2012, at Bado Community Church with Rev. Randy Scheets officiating. Pallbearers were B.J. Honeycutt, Eric Maxwell, Jamie Floyd, Colin Floyd, Steve Brown, Caleb Kotlarczyk. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Flowers and Raymond Flowers. Burial was in Bado Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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