Martha Leona Bonsall, 1931-2016

Leona Bonsall

Leona Bonsall

Leona Bonsall, 85, of Mountain Home, passed away Oct. 6, 2016.

She was born Sept. 1, 1931, on a farm in Page County, Iowa (outside of Clarinda, Iowa). She was the youngest of 10 children of Edward Jefferson Bean and Ora Langloss Bean. Leona graduated from Clarinda High School in 1949. She married Allen Bruce Bonsall Sept. 04, 1949, at the Clarinda Methodist Church.

Leona and Allen moved to Texas in June 1952, where Allen was ordained a Lay Minister of the Texas Conference of the Methodist Church in 1960 and Leona became a minister’s wife. She was active in the Methodist Women and with the youth of the churches they served. In the summer of 1965 Allen, Leona, and their children were transferred to the Little Rock Conference in Arkansas. Appointments included Mount Carmel in Rison, where Allen served when he was ordained an elder in full connection; the Wesley Foundation in Magnolia; Oak Forest UMC Little Rock; Fairview UMC Texarkana; First UMC Prescott; and Horseshoe Bend UMC.

Leona was a past president of the United Methodist Women of the Little Rock Conference. She resided in Horseshoe Bend for 25 years before moving to Mountain Home in 2014.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years, the Rev. Allen B. Bonsall; seven sisters; and two brothers. She is survived by three children, Vicki Packer and her husband, Clyde, of Mountain Home; Jim Bonsall and his wife, Mendal, of Norphlet; and Judy McCulloch and her husband, Mike, of Fulshear, Texas; grandchildren, Chris Packer; Beth Packer Avery and her husband, Chris; Craig Bonsall and his wife, Amanda; Brooke Bonsall; Erin Bonsall Williams and her husband, Chris; Jeffrey McCulloch and his wife, Becca; Kyle McCulloch and his wife, Taryn; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Oct. 29, 2016, Evening Shadows Memorial Park Cemetery in Horseshoe Bend, with the Rev. Heather Spencer Clawitter officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, AR 72653; or Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church, 600 West Church Street, Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512.