Bonnie Bench Bonnie Fay Bench, 85, passed away in her home on May 26, 2016. Bonnie was born in Springfield, Missouri on December 11, 1930. Bonnie Fay Hayes married Ollie Wayne Bench on January 15, 1948. Ollie preceded Bonnie in death on May 31, 2013. Bonnie was also preceded in death by Donna Jean, her first born and only daughter at age 5. She loved and missed Donna her whole life. Bonnie lost her parents, Carl and Ruth Hayes of Springfield, Ollie's parents, Harry and Virgie Bench of Nixa, her only brother Carl Jean Hayes of Springfield, her brother and sister-in-law Leon and Opal Potter and their firstborn Tommy Jo, age 2, of Nixa, brother-in-law Sammy Bench of Oklahoma, and many aunts and uncles. Bonnie had a large family from her side and loved and cared for them all. Bonnie is survived by her three sons, David Wayne and wife Jen of Seymour, Steven Lynn and wife Suzy of the Ridge and Jimmy Blane and wife Brenda of Springfield, three grandchildren, Lucas Bench and wife Sarah, Charisa Bench, and Jacob Bench and wife Christine, and five great-grandchildren, Caden, Jack, Levi, Finn, and Cohen. Bonnie loved all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with all her heart and no one could ever ask for a better mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Bonnie worked at Fanny Mae Candy Shop, the Springfield Tablet Factory, and Royal McBee Typewriter Company before settling in as a homemaker, which she loved the most. Raising children, livestock, working in the garden, canning vegetables, and feeding her children were things that she loved the most and did for as long as she could. She always asked if you were hungry, and even if you said no you would have to eat anyways. Bonnie was the keeper of everyone's things that would have been lost and she cherished those items and the stories that went with them until the day she died. We miss her more than anything, but we know she is back now with all she lost and we will again be back with her when our time has passed. Bonnie's services were private, just as she asked, with Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home arranging and Mike Herr officiating. Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain... When you awaken in the morning's hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft starlight at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there; I did not die.
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