Bonita Marlene Allen, 84, of Lawson, Mo., passed on July 10, 2020.
Bonita was born July 21, 1935 in rural Smithville, Mo., to Warren Lloyd and Hilda Marie (Marshall) Allen. She went to Northwest Missouri State University and received her Masters in Teaching. Bonita started her teaching career at Riverside, Mo., and eventually changed to Liberty schools in Liberty, Mo., and retired there in July 1989.
When Bonita was nine, she started going to Elmira Baptist Church and eventually became a lifelong member.
She is survived by her sister, Dixie Johnson of Lawson; nine nieces; six nephews; 16 great nieces; 12 great nephews; and lots of great-great nieces and great-great nephews.
Bonita was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rex Allen; sister, Ellen Riddle (Yogi); sister, Georgia Haag (George); and one great niece.
Graveside services for Bonita will be held at 10 a.m., July 15, 2020 in Prairie Ridge Cemetery in Polo, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution in Bonita’s name be given to the Elmira Baptist Church, 33038 James St., Lawson, MO 64062.
Arrangements are in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home Lawson Chapel.
Our Sincere Condolences
My heartfelt condolences. I grew up in the Elmira Baptist Church. What a wonderful lady.
She will be missed.
I remember Bonita fondly as my history teacher when I was in 7th grade around 1982. She was very kind and a good teacher. She definitely made an impact on many young learning minds. Thank you to her service of education. She will be remembered. My deepest condolences for your loss.
Desdia (Moyer) Clarke
Ms. Allen taught all five of the DeLongs 1968-1975. Nice lady and great teacher. I am sure she will be missed. God speed.
Theresa DeLong Odneal
A lifelong social studies teacher I never forgot, as so many of us from Liberty Junior High.
Dedicated to teaching us history, the constitution, and respect for our heritage.
My sincere condolences to the family of Bonita Allen.
I am very saddened to hear the news of the passing of Miss Allen. I hope she knew what a wonderful impact she made on her students. I remember her fondly.
Elaine Cottingham Jackson
A dedicated history teacher to crazy junior high students. She always started class with a smile and made sure everyone learned. Prayers for her family.
Lana Huston Southwick
I was saddened to learn of Miss Allen’s passing. She was certainly dedicated to her craft & one of those teachers I’ve never forgotten. I can’t imagine how many students were fortunate enough to have her through the years, she was one of the best!
RIP Miss Allen You’ve earned every jewel in your crown!
My deepest condolences to the family.
Bonita was an inspirational teacher of history and life in LHS Jr. High. I had just moved with my family to Liberty from a small town in N Mo… so everything was very new. When I had her in class, I remember her red lipstick, pencil skirts and button down blouses with high heels.. as a girl interested in fashion I was always interested in her looks. She made history interesting and fun… I loved it and wanted to know more. So blessed to see her have a wonderful life as she gave to others!