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Bonnie Lunday, 94, of Abilene went to be with the Lord on Nov. 8, 2010. A memorial service was held at 10 a.m., Nov. 12, at First Baptist Church in Anson with Pastors Mathew St. John and Loren Gardner officiating. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m., Nov. 13, at Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce under the direction of Adams-Graham Funeral Home in Anson.
Bonnie Bentley was born to Eli and Virdie (Owens) Bentley on Dec. 28, 1915, in Van Zandt County. She lived at Buckner’s Orphan’s Home from age 6 to 16.
She married George Albert Lunday on Dec. 3, 1937. They lived several places while Lt. Col. Lunday served in the Air Force during World War II. He was later recalled to active duty during the Korean War.
Bonnie later worked and helped Albert receive his doctorate of sociology from the University of Chicago. He then taught at Hardin Simmons University during which time Bonnie was able to be a stay-at-home mom. Dr. Lunday was also an ordained Baptist minister, so as a pastor’s wife she served as a faithful helpmate to him and hard worker in the churches that he pastored.
In 1968 the Lundays moved to Commerce where Dr. Lunday taught at East Texas State University, and they stayed there after he retired. They were faithful members of First Baptist Church in Commerce. Bonnie moved back to Abilene in 2004 where she resided in the independent living area of Mesa Springs Retirement Village. During her six years there she made many dear friends who were such a help and encouragement to her.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 23, 1980; one son, Joe Wesley Lunday; four brothers, George Bentley, Truett Bentley, Truman “Boomer” Bentley and James Bentley; and two sisters, Juanita King and Garnett Murray.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Don and Betty Lunday of Anson; one granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Amanda and David Weems of Abilene; two great grandsons, Nathan and Benjamin Weems of Abilene; one sister-in-law, Addie Thomas of Fort Worth; and several nieces and nephews.
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Published on  November 18, 2010
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