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Bonnie Louise Nelson DeLashaw was born on December 4, 1937 in Utica, Oklahoma. She was predeceased at the age of three by her mother, Mary Anderson Nelson, and later her father, Oscar M. Nelson.
Bonnie was lovingly accepted into the Christian home of Arvilla and H.B. Martin, her aunt and uncle. Aunt Mildred and Uncle Jack King were also very close family. Another aunt and uncle raised her brother, Don Nelson. She attended Midway School through the 8th grade and graduated from Caddo High School. She played basketball at both Midway and Caddo. Her love of games and sports continued throughout her life. She really enjoyed watching Diana play basketball, listening to Donna play the piano, and watching Justin in various sporting and agricultural activities. She was a huge Texas Rangers' fan.
Bonnie married Larry Edwin DeLashaw on August 4, 1961 in Armstrong, Oklahoma. They moved to Dallas where their two girls were born before moving back to Armstrong to raise them. She and Larry moved to Utica in 1986 where they resided at her death. She passed away just two months short of their 50th wedding anniversary. She began working for Engles' Clinic and subsequently Sturch Family Clinic in September 1969 where she continued working as a telephone operator/receptionist until the day before being hospitalized on March 29, 2011. She only left work after being ordered to take care of herself by Dr. Sturch. Bonnie was always more worried about taking care of others. She loved her clinic family as well as the patients. For 42 years in the medical field, she was a very dedicated employee to the job, the people, and fellow employees. Bonnie took her job seriously and made sure every patient had an appointment. She drove the doctors crazy working people in to see them. Bonnie was a member of the Utica Baptist Church. Her daughters were precious to her, and her grandson was her pride and joy. She volunteered for Pleasant Hill Cemetery and Durant Main Street. She enjoyed listening to local talent singing live music. Bonnie was the ultimate caregiver for family members facing end of life situations.
She is survived by her husband, Larry DeLashaw, of Utica; daughter, Donna Dow and husband Steve of Utica; daughter, Diana DeLashaw, of Dallas; grandson, Justin Dow and wife Jennifer of Utica; and brother, Don Nelson and wife Judy of Waxahachie, Texas. She had numerous other family members and close friends who were extremely good to her during her battle with cancer.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Utica Baptist Church in Utica, Oklahoma. Reverend Anthony Williams will give the eulogy and Reverend Jay Perry will bring the message. Pallbearers are Chris Haworth, Bobby Anderson, Andy Anderson, Chris Brumley, Ed Goss Jr., Tim Barney, and Justin Dow. Graveside services will follow at Highland Cemetery in Durant.
Family hour will be Friday evening at 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant. Memorials can be made to a medical ministry in Bonnie’s name through Sturch Family Clinic, PO Box 558, Durant, OK 74702 or Utica Baptist Church, 46 S. Martin Lane, Bokchito, OK 74726.
Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.coffeymurray.com.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.
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