Obituary: Bonnie J. Slates, OCT. 18, 1932 – MAY 25, 2020

Bonnie Slates
Posted: May. 26, 2020 8:44 pm

Bonnie J. Slates, 87, of Palmyra, Mo., passed away Monday, May 25, 2020, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2020, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra. Father Kelechi will officiate. Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2020, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Bonnie was born on Oct. 18, 1932, in Mary's Home, Mo., to Robert Morgan and Elizabeth Rehagen Morgan.

She was married to Marion Slates on Nov. 17, 1961, in Palmyra, Mo. He preceded her in death on May 23, 2012.

Survivors include her three daughters, Mary E. Springer (Noble) of Tebbetts, Mo., Ellen Goodwin of Palmyra, Mo., and Dee Gottman (Matthew) of Palmyra, Mo.; two brothers, Robert Morgan of Warrensburg, Mo., and Marshall Morgan (Ruby) of Barnett, Mo.; one sister, Alice Bounds of Jefferson City, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Dwayne( Becky) Goodwin, Darin (Joelle) Goodwin, Ronald Smith (Carla), Dr. James Smith (Lesley), Bonnie Smith, Amie Smith, Elizabeth Tomka (Derrick), Dustin Lawrence (Annabelle) and Kyle Schneider (Brandy); 34 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Diane Sullens; sisters, Shirley Saily and Delores Burns; brothers ,Stanley Morgan and Donald Morgan; and son in-law, Dwayne Goodwin.

She worked at the Crown Shoe factory in Palmyra, Mo., ran a home daycare for 37 years and worked as a CNA for Maple Lawn Nursing Home for many years.

Queen Bonnie was loved and cherished by all who knew her. She was quite proud of the fact that she was chosen as the 2019 Sweetheart Queen of Maple Lawn and the regional runner-up. She was the president of the Resident Council for Maple Lawn and was a very vocal advocate for those residents.

Bonnie was a woman who enjoyed life to the fullest and had many activities and hobbies that she loved. You could always find her participating in Bingo, working on her flower garden, reading a good book (usually the Amish Romance Series), or just watching the hummingbirds and cardinals enjoy a meal out her window. In her younger days she was known as the "Motorcycle Mama' as she was thrilled anytime she and her husband would go for rides on his Harley. She was so trusting of him that she would even fall asleep holding onto him during these rides.

The matriarch of a very large family, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Her family knew her as a very patient and kind woman who would do anything for her family.

She was a devoted member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra, Mo.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Dwayne Goodwin OFS, Darin Goodwin, Ronald Smith, Dr. James Smith, Dustin Lawrence, Kyle Schneider and Derrick Tomka.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Maple Lawn Auxiliary Fund or St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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