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Obituary for Bonnie Fay Goodlet (Searcy)

Bonnie Fay Goodlet, 97, of Dearborn, MO went to be with her Heavenly Father May 20, 2023, in St. Joseph, MO. She was born August 26, 1925, to John Water and Gladys Downing (Searcy) on a farm near Weston, MO. She married B.H. Goodlet, Jr. on June 28, 1941, at the United Methodist Church of Weston. After B.H. returned from 3 years in WW 2, they moved to a farm near Dearborn, MO and raised their 5 children. They were tobacco growers and Bonnie was an expert in helping in every area of the crop except cutting and housing. She was busy cooking bountiful meals for the helpers, especially noted for her chocolate and coconut pies and tenderloins. Bonnie had learned the important values of life at an early age and was the most caring person, always putting others first. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. Her love for Jesus showed throughout her life. She loved cooking, gardening, going to church, playing with the grandchildren, and just being there for her big family. She hosted almost every holiday meal for the entire Goodlet family until she was unable to do so. She was a lifetime member of the Dearborn Baptist Church and taught the beginner Sunday School class for over 20 years. She spent her last 4 years in Gower Convalescent Center finishing her mission in life to be a witness for the Lord to all around her. She loved the activities, especially the spelling bees, bible study and bingo. Her famous saying was “I’ve had a wonderful life”. She always told her children when there was a problem it would be all right. She was dearly loved and will greatly be missed. Her memories will live on forever. She was preceded in death by her husband B.H. in 2008, her parents; brothers Sam and Warren, and sister Edith Stickrod. She is survived by her children Mike and Marilyn Goodlet, Steve and Sheila Goodlet, Debbie and Bernard Chesnut, Barbara and Ralph Stubbs, and Dave and Rosie Goodlet; brother Harold Searcy; 14 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, extended families and many, many friends. A graveside funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at the Dearborn Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be given to the North Platte Foundation for the B.H. and Bonnie Goodlet Educational Scholarship program in c/o North Platte High School Foundation—212 W. 6th St.—Dearborn, MO 64439.