Lily Bonser

Lily BonserLily A. Bonser, 94, of Rushville, died at 9:45 a.m. July 17, 2010, at Snyder’s Vaughn Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.

She was born May 29, 1916, in Colusa, a daughter of Joseph L. and Alice Luddington Brown. She married R. Wayne Bonser on Aug. 11, 1937, in Dallas City. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert Wayne (and Carol) Bonser of Livonia, Mich.; two daughters, Carol (and Ed) Gordillo of Decatur and Janice (and John) Vancil of Rushville; six grandchildren; five step grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Leroy, Clarence, James, Everett and Laurence Brown; and four sisters, Grace Moore, Rose Krabill, Dora Jones and Vera Englehard.

She was a homemaker and involved in the music of the churches where her husband pastored. She lead the congregational singing, sang in the choir, duets, mixed quartettes and ladies ensembles.

She was a member of Rushville Free Methodist Church and the women’s organizations of the church. She served as treasurer of Cowden District Womens’ Missionary Organization and president of the local missionary organizations at the churches her husband served.

She also worked for Fannie Mae Candies, was assistant manager of Little Dutch Mills Candies and the public schools satellite lunch programs, all in Decatur; Jackson’s Shoe Store and Roger’s Bakery in Rushville; and head cook at Cowden and Rushville Free Methodist camps for over 13 years.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at her church in Rushville with Reverend Rosalee Ross officiating. Burial will follow in Rushville City Cemetery. Wood Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Rushville Free Methodist Church, Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation or Snyder’s Vaughn Haven Nursing Home.

Condolences may be sent to


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/21/2010