SARCOXIE, Mo. —
Bonnie Marie French Brown, age 85, of Sarcoxie, Mo., passed from this life to meet her Lord and Savior early Wednesday morning, on Dec. 18, 2013, at 1 a.m.
Born Sept. 28, 1928, in Wichita, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Sherman French and Lillian Ermal Pennington French and lived her life in Wichita until moving to be close to her family in Sarcoxie in 2000. Bonnie graduated from North High School in Wichita and worked as a secretary at Wichita Roofing and Beech Aircraft. She also typed many theme papers for young people. She volunteered for Texas Baptist Builders and at the gift shop at St. John's Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Joplin Heights Baptist Church where she taught the senior Sunday school class. In her younger years she served as a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed square dancing, camping and garage sales. Bonnie had a deep love for her family, always hosting annual family gatherings to which everyone looked forward. She never met a stranger.
On Sept. 29, 1946, she married Robert O. Brown in Wichita. He preceded her in death Nov. 26, 2004.
Two brothers, John French and Harry French, along with Harry's wife, Norma, also preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Edwin R. Brown and wife, Paula, of Sarcoxie; daughter, Connie S. Porter and husband, Ed, of San Angelo, Texas; four grandchildren, Christy Byrne and husband, Brian, of Sarcoxie, Wendi Webber and husband, Phil, of Boston, Mass., Christopher Brown and wife, Holly, of Gilespie, Ill., and Scott Porter and wife, Christi, of Wichita; nine great-grandchildren, Andrew Byrne and wife, Natali, of Joplin, Kayla Byrne, of Joplin, Courtney Byrne, of Sarcoxie, Kelsie Brown, of Arnold, Mo., Wesley Webber, of Boston, Kyle Webber, of Boston, Bailey Parker and husband, Wesley, of San Antonio, Texas, Britney and Brandon Porter; two sisters-in-law, Lola French, of Wichita, and Kay Horton and husband, Ray, of San Angelo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family extends their grateful appreciation for the care and compassion of Mercy Hospice and to Bonnie's caregivers, Jeanette Sweet and Vicy Williamson.
A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Parker Chapel with Rev. Ed Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Sarcoxie Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary in Joplin, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Memorial contributions may be given in honor of Bonnie, to Joplin Heights Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermortuary.com