Bonnie Lee (Perry) Harker

Bonnie Lee (Perry) Harker


Bonnie Lee (Perry) Harker, 100, of Kirksville, Missouri, was born May 30, 1919 in Schuyler County Missouri and left this earth to be with her Lord on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at The Pines in Kirksville. She was united in marriage to James Harold Harker on July 4, 1936 in Memphis, Missouri and to this union three children were born; Janet Ruth Harker Bunch, Harold (Bill) Harker, and Carole Louise Thie, all of Kirksville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-eight years, James Harker, on August 30, 1984; by her parents, Father George Willis "Doc" Perry in 1961, and her mother Bessie Aldridge Perry in 1937. In addition, she was preceded in death by her daughter Janet Ruth Bunch on January 31, 2019 and her son-in-law Don Thie in 1994.

Bonnie is survived by one son, Harold "Bill" Harker and wife Peggy, and one daughter, Carole Thie all of Kirksville; six grandchildren, Debra (Veldon) Gordy, Dana (Vernon) Gordy, Kimberley (Larry) Gibson, Tamera Harker, Teresa (Mike) Sullivan, and Curtis Murdock; as well as eight great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, and three step great-great grandchildren.

Bonnie lived on a farm raising registered Brown Swiss Cattle until she and her husband James moved to Queen City in 1973 from the farm.

Bonnie blessed her family with many valuable life lessons. She had a wealth of knowledge and graciously shared it with those she loved. She lived a full life, knew the value of family, and didn't have a lazy bone in her body. She was in her 80's and still helped her grandchildren plant their garden, a task she thoroughly enjoyed. Her green thumb also included the 100 plus varieties of Iris she so devotedly cared for through the years. She could tell you each of their names and how she acquired them. She was an amazing cook and had collected thousands of recipes, many of which she had lovingly made for her family. She had the patience of a saint and had spent hundreds of hours through the years piecing beautiful quilts. her craftsmanship was impeccable. While her skills will be remembered, she will be most remembered for her kind spirit, intelligence, patience, and the immense love she has for her children and grandchildren.

Public visitation will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home with graveside services to follow at Bethel Cemetery in rural Queen City. Pastor Larry Gibson will officiate the graveside service and her grandsons will be her pallbearers.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Bonnie may be made to the Adair County Humane Society and may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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