Marylou Bonnell, 86, of Star City, went home to be with the Lord at 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born on Aug. 15, 1932, to the late Otho W. and Lula D. (Emerson) Crawford in Lansing, Michigan.
Marylou graduated from Winamac High School in 1950. On June 10, 1951, she married the love of her life, Wayne Bonnell, at the Star City United Methodist Church. He survives. Marylou was an active member of the Star City United Methodist Church.
Marylou was a true philanthropist, having been instrumental in the creation of the Community Foundation of Pulaski County where she served 10 years as a director. She gave a lot of time and energy to her community.
In her younger years, Marylou was a talented cake baker and decorator. She was also a master at gingerbread cookies. She was one of the first female bus drivers for Star City and Winamac schools. Marylou and Wayne established Pond View Golf Course in 1974 which grew to include Pine View Golf Course in 1985 and Mystic Hills Golf Course in 1998.
Marylou was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband Wayne Bonnell of Star City; daughters: Vicki Pugh of Winamac, and Ann [Fred] Shidler of Monticello; sons: Jeff [Rae] Bonnell of Rincon, Puerto Rico, and Steve [Stephanie] Bonnell of Star City; grandsons: Mike [Sam] Pugh, Dave [Heather] Pugh, Brian [Tammy] Bonnell, Shawn [Jessica] Bonnell, Greg [Kami] Shidler, Brandon [Nicole] Shidler, Chase [Amanda] Bonnell and Noah Bonnell; granddaughters: Emily [Mike] Haschel, Christina “Bubba” Turpin, Amy Stearns and Amber Vogley; 22 great-grandchildren; brothers: Bill [Phyllis] Crawford of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Bob [Janet] Crawford of Palo Alto, California; sisters: Jenny Tenney of East Leroy, Michigan, and Sandy [Jim] Johnston of Winamac; sister-in-law Gwen Crawford; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Otho W. and Lula D. (Emerson) Crawford; brothers: John [Florence] Crawford and Phil J. Crawford; and brother-in-law Dave Tenney.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Star City United Methodist Church in Star City. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor Tom Richards officiating. Burial will take place at Buck Cemetery in Star City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Star City United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com.
(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 17, 2018)