Bonita Reynolds, daughter of the late Harold Dwight Von-Rudrauff and Lorene ShrableVon-Rudrauff, was born February 28, 1940 in Viola, Arkansas and died April 16, 2018 in, at the age of 78 years.
She was united in marriage May 19, 1959 in Elizabeth, Arkansas to Carral Reynolds, who preceded her in death January 17, 1997.
She is survived by two children, Monty Carral Reynolds, West Plains, Missouri and Tina Monita Reynolds, West Plains, Missouri; a special friend George Williams; her dearest best friends, Holly Isom and the late Judy Dixon; five grandchildren, Shane Reynolds, Brittney Newton and husband, Timothy; Brock Reynolds; Cameron Reynolds, and Trey Collins; five great grandchildren, Jacee Coldiron; Kourtlyn Newton; Cooper Newton; Eli Reynolds, and Riley Jo Reynolds. She was raised by her grandparents, Ralph and Lillie Worsham Shrable after her parents died. With their large family, she was as a sister to them all; Doc Shrable, deceased; Hazeltine Pendergrass; Lucille Boles, deceased; Lehman Shrable, deceased; Curtis Shrable, deceased; Audine Rowlett, deceased; Lessie Jean Clay; Betty Kerley, deceased; Joyce Hodges; Jodie Southerland, and a special niece Janice Sherman, who is deceased; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Painter and Anna Lea Hodges. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents and grandparents; one grandson, Layne Reynolds; sisters-in-law, Lezene Morris, Nadine Sanders, Patty Garrison, and one brother-in-law, Delma Reynolds.
She went to school at Viola, Arkansas; lived on a dairy farm; milked cows; played basketball for Thednal Hill with the best basketball coach in Arkansas, who was a mentor to her. His advice to her was never give up, just keep on.
The Church of Christ was an important part of her life, providing strength and encouragement for the difficult times. It was a place for her children to grow up in a Christian atmosphere. She made several good friends over the years she attended there. Her mama and daddy always took her to church.
When she was eleven years old she lost her daddy and her mother was killed in a car accident when she was twelve, so her grandparents continued to direct her with their love, and took her in as their own. And she felt like if she owed anyone anything, it was her Grandma Lillie Shrable, an angel on this earth. She was the most humble and caring person that ever walked this earth.
Bonita always strived to set good examples for her daughter, son, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her love for them was unconditional, as God’s love is unconditional and forgives us over and over.
One thing we can give one another is a smile, a hug, and a kind word. You never know what they may be dealing with until you walk in their shoes. We will never solve all world problems or understand all, or see through them. We must help those get through life with our help if needed. We must be a friend, listen if needed, give advice if asked, and love them for them, not for the pedigree they were born with. We cannot help who our parents are, the color of skin, rich or poor, but just love their soul. We should never judge others; whether they be weak, poor, or needy. Don’t stomp them when they are down. Give them a helping hand if needed. Be there for them, love them through addictions and after they overcome those things. Give them encouragement through their struggles. Whatever we are dealing with in this life, God is in control of it all.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.
Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Gepp, Arkansas, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.