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Bonnie Mae Yother, age 81

Bonnie Mae Yother, 81, passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021. Bonnie bravely finished her long battle with cancer and was surrounded by her family as she went home to be with Jesus. Bonnie was born to the late Harold and Maude Morlan on December 19, 1939. She grew up in Council Bluffs, IA with her brother Donald and two sisters Betty Ann and Karen Kay. She graduated high school and met and married Robert Plante in November 1957. Bonnie and Bob traveled the world and raised three amazing sons, her favorite son Steven, her favorite son Michael, and her favorite son Christopher. In March 1984, Bonnie married Lou Yother, who had two children, a son Bruce, and a daughter Cynthia.

Bonnie enjoyed working and was a receptionist with the Social Security Administration until she retired. She also had many hobbies and passions including volunteering at Pike View Elementary School. She loved spending two mornings a week with the children, reading to them, helping them with their schoolwork, or just being there to listen and provide hugs and emotional support. She had a passion for animals and would take in any and all stray cats in the neighborhood. From taking them to the vet, to ensuring they had a warm place to sleep, there was never a shortage of cats at Bonnie’s. She loved them all!

Bonnie was active in her church and one of her jobs was to take the linens home to clean and press. She took that job very seriously and it brought her lots of joy to be able to serve in this fashion. She loved music and dancing and had been known to “cut a rug or two” in her day. She always had a kind word and an infectious laugh, she would do whatever she could to help anyone, which included eating brussel sprouts for her grandchildren so they wouldn’t have to.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents, Harold & Maude Morlan, her brother, Donald Morlan, her sisters, Betty Ann Thomas, and Karen Kay Ray. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Lou Yother, her children Steven (Alice) Plante, Michael Plante, Christopher Plante, Bruce (Lisa) Yother, and Cynthia (Dale) Cook, several nieces and nephews, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 18, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400


  • Mark and Shelia Hudson Posted December 15, 2021 9:31 AM

    Dear Lou and families,
    We were saddened to learn of Bonnie passing away. We have such wonderful memories of times spent with all of you. She was such a wonderful lady and will be missed.

  • Milly Temple Posted December 15, 2021 4:26 PM

    Bonnie and I worked together at Social Security Administration for many years. She was the dearest friend and was such a dedicated worker. I always admired the way she held her head high and kept a positive attitude no matter what was going on. She has been so sweet to keep in touch with me through the years in spite of my being 15 years older than she. I really loved Bonnie and am happy she is free of pain and with our Lord. I look forward to seeing her there before long.

  • Kathy Jennings Posted December 17, 2021 1:54 PM

    Bonnie was such a good friend to all of us at Social Security. I honestly don’t think there was a person that she didn’t like! She loved her family so much!!! We knew all the grandkids even though we had never met them because she talked about them all the time. I will miss her!
    My sincere sympathy to Lou and the family!

  • Kim Whittemore Posted December 17, 2021 2:09 PM

    Mrs. Bonnie will be missed by all. I enjoyed seeing her coming to CARTI saying I’m only here for tonic water today. Loved you Mrs. Bonnie

  • Jo Ellen Warren Posted December 19, 2021 4:21 PM

    I had just moved to Little
    Rock in 1982 and was newly hired by Social Security. I didn’t know anyone in Little Rock.Bonnie and others at the office took me under their wing to guide a naive young girl She was the best. One time she brought to me an old antique small calendars she had found at a flea market .She knew I liked such things. I still have it. She gave me guidance and advice on many things. When I left Arkansas I would come back to Little Rock and have lunch with her. Shehad a good sense of humor and great wit. She was always so calm. Never upset with our clients that we serviced at the SSA office. I will miss her dearly. She was quite the lady.

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