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Lavona I. Raines Buffalow
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Bonnie Buffalow

New Home Cemetery

Lavona I. “Bonnie” Raines Buffalow, age 87, long time resident of Tonkawa, Okla., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Blackwell.

A funeral ceremony to celebrate Bonnie’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Tonkawa. Following the ceremony, she will be laid to rest at New Home Cemetery in Nash, Okla. Casket bearers will be Robert Storey, Jeffrey Laughrey, Dustin Morgan, Devin Tebow, Blake Tebow, Breagan Tebow, Stephen Martin and Keyton Martin. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Funeral Home.

Bonnie was born on Aug. 14, 1928, to Joseph Stanley Strait and Ida Silva Evans Strait in Nash. Early in her life, she stayed in Nash, graduating from high school there in 1946. In March 1948, she married Russell Raines in Oklahoma City.

Active is the term that described Bonnie; her hands weren’t often idle. If she wasn’t cleaning, cooking, or tending to her flowers amongst the cardinals she so adored, she would be bowling or planning a family get-together. The holidays were a delight for Bonnie. She would host the family meals and spend quite a bit of time readying the house and meals for everyone. Bonnie served as secretary to the principal of Tonkawa Schools for 7-plus years, she served on the Chamber of Commerce and she was a outstanding bowler. When it was harvest time, she would spend long hours helping her husband at the Farmer’s Co-op on Ranch Drive, weighing innumerable tons of wheat.

Bonnie was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Tonkawa since 1948 and she was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star for 68 years. She married Joe Buffalow in 1990.

Survivors include her beloved daughters: Anita Tatum of Tonkawa, Peggy O’Mealey and husband Gerald of Tonkawa, and Connie Jo Sinor and husband Doug of Red Rock; sisters: Leora Newell of Kingfisher, brother Harlan Strait and wife Fae of Jet; Charlotte Slaving and husband Larry of Nash; grandchildren: Robert Storey and wife Tammy of Abilene, Texas, Jeffrey Laughrey of Hinton, Dustin Morgan and wife Emily of Tulsa, Layna Tedford and husband David of Lithia, Fla., Ruschelle Martin and husband Stephen of Tonkawa, Devin Tebow and wife Melissa of Riverside, Calif., Blake Tebow and wife Molly of Tahlequah, Kolby Tebow of Lamont, and Breagan Tebow of Lamont, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Russell, and brothers, Delmar Strait, Dutch Strait and Edwin Strait.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Tonkawa Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1, Tonkawa, OK 74653.

(Submitted by family)

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