Bonnie Rose (Gentry) Capps was born January 19, 1932 at the family farm south of Roscoe, Mo., to Jeremiah Thomas and Beuna Lillian (Allen) Gentry. She passed away on May 2, 2015 at 83 years of age.
Bonnie attended grade school in a one room school house at Riverview near her home. Her sister, Betty, was her teacher at one time. She then attended high school at El Dorado Springs, graduating in 1949. After high school she attended Draughan’s Business College in Springfield until she obtained work for the Milking Shorthorn Association in Springfield.
She married Herman Clyde Capps January 18, 1953. They were married for just over 47 years until his death in 2000. According to legend, their first meeting was as they passed each other on a county road. Bonnie was with her folks and she turned to look back at Herman after they passed and he had turned to look back at her as well. She asked her folks who that was and they told her it was Herman Capps, but they call him Cappy. Their first date was to the El Dorado Springs picnic. After their marriage she worked for a few years at the Humansville Bank and helped Herman with the dairy, beef, and grain farm, grew a very large garden, and raised two children, Jeffrey Clyde, born November 22, 1953, and Cherie Dianne, born February 14, 1960. She attended Brush Creek Baptist Church for most of her adult life and served as their treasurer.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, James Anson (Jim) Gentry and John Richard (Dick) Gentry, and one sister, Marjorie Beatrice (Bea) Peterie.
She is survived by one sister and her best friend, Betty Olive Martin; her two children, Jeff and wife Vicki, and Cherie and husband Terry Weant; two grandchildren, Jeremy Brett Capps and wife Jessi, and Callie Rose (Weant) and husband Brennan Miller; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews besides numerous friends and neighbors.
Bonnie had many interests and loves, including shopping, travel, birds, flowers, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, board games (especially Scrabble), TV watching, and music, but most of all her family. She enjoyed watching her granddaughter, Callie, play high school basketball and softball and was looking forward to attending her graduation from Missouri State University with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Radiology. She recently attended a Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart concert with Cherie and was excited to get autographs from some of the performers. She just returned from a trip to Georgia and Florida where she helped Callie and Brennan look for an apartment as they will be moving there for Brennan’s new job. Herman and Bonnie were able to visit all of the 50 states, except for Alaska, as well as several Canadian provinces and Mexico. She also accompanied Jeff and Vicki on an ocean cruise that included a stop in Cozumel. One of her joys was buying gifts for others, which helped feed her addiction to shopping. She liked to feed songbirds and watch them outside her window. And, while she enjoyed flowers, her thumb was usually more brown than green when it came to planting and caring for them.
Bonnie will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and loved her.