Bonita was born May 23, 1928 in Williamson County Illinois. She was the daughter of Bon Watkins & Gladys (Davis) Watkins.
On July 20, 1946, Bonita was united in marriage to Edwin Casey at Cypress, Illinois. He preceded her in death on September 7, 1990.
Survivors include: her children – Max (Betty) Casey of Buncombe and LaRaye (Jay) Franklin of Goreville; 6 grandchildren – Julie (Jim) Ames of Anna, Terry Sue (Troy) Norris of Buncombe, Shane (Kristy) Casey of Buncombe, Brook (Adam) Harrawood of Harrisburg, Josh (Brittney) Franklin of Cobden, and Dana Harris of Carbondale; 16 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.
Bonita was preceded in death by her parents – Bon Watkins and Gladys Watkins Parks; her husband – Edwin Casey; a son – Terry Casey; a sister – Geraldine Bearden; and her stepfather – Randolph “Dolph” Parks.
During the 1940’s, Bonita taught at the Mt. Pleasant and Mt. Pisgah Public Schools. She was a homemaker and was proud of the fact that she had resided in the same home for 76 years. She enjoyed gardening, as well as watching and taking care of the birds and squirrels in her yard. She also stocked and maintained fish ponds and inside aquariums. Bonita loved her faithful canine companion, Bella.
Bonita was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church near Cypress and was a longtime member of the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Board.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning, September 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Pastor Jay Franklin will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Monday evening, September 29, 2014, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Jim Stevens, PO Box 44, Buncombe, IL 62912.