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