Bonnie J. Hamilton Varnell, 88, passed away August 7, 2022, at Centerpoint Medical Center with family members by her side.
Bonnie was born on July 20, 1934, in Miami Station, Missouri. She married her soulmate, Herbert Varnell on July 16, 1950.
She had a great love for children. She taught Sunday school at Salisbury Hills Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Norborne. She also worked with children in the Mission Friends program. Bonnie also went to school and studied sign language so she could teach the word of God to the hearing impaired.
She started her own daycare and preschool at the age of 50 and she was able to care for 70 children. She enjoyed catching fish and having fish frys with her family and friends. She also loved to travel and go camping. Most of all, she loved her grandkids.
Bonnie is survived by son, Gary H. Varnell and wife Cathy; daughters, Terry Varnell Baker and husband Larry, Sherry Varnell Preston and husband Darrell, and Diana Varnell Zagorski and husband Rick; as well as three sisters, one brother, 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at First Baptist Church of Norborne (300 S. Pine Street Norborne, MO 64668) with a service to follow. She will be buried at Fairhaven Cemetery in Norborne.
Arrangements in care of Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney.
Our Sincere Condolences
Brandy, Brenna, and family, we are sorry for your loss. I know she will be greatly missed but you have the definite assurance that she’s with her Lord and Savior.
Jim and Diana Tanis
Words cannot express my heart felt sympathy for you for your loss of your mom. There is something about losing a mother that is permanent and inexpressible that never quite heals. But the memory of her love, her hugs, her guiding hand will always be with you. My prayers are for comforting thoughts to bring peace to your heart.
Diana, Brandy, Brenna and Family
You’re in our thoughts of sympathy and prayers of love and comfort. I know that Bonnie will always be in your hearts.
May it ease your sorrow to know that others understand and care.
May God’s presence give you peace,
Uncle Jim and Aunt Roe
Brenna, Diana, Brandy, and family,
Jim and I want to express our sympathies on the loss of your mom and grandmother. I remember Bonnie as a sweet, kind, lady. I picture her with Herb in their eternal home. It is never easy to lose a loved one, so know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve your loss.
Hugs and Love,
Gail and Jim