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Bonnie Mae Bown was born on November 10, 1932, at Indianola, Iowa. She was an only daughter of Thomas L. and Mildred (Stewart) Bown. Bonnie graduated from Knoxville High School in Knoxville, Iowa with the Class of 1951. During high school she participated in Y-Teens, Future Homemakers of America and as a library helper and then worked as a telephone operator after graduation. On February 15, 1953, she was united in marriage with Raymond Dale Heaberlin at Knoxville. To this union three children were born: Dianna Kay, Michael Ray, and Richard Lee. Bonnie and Raymond lived all their married life in the Knoxville area where she farmed alongside her husband for many years. Raymond passed away on February 14, 1998, just prior to their 45th wedding anniversary. Bonnie continued living in Knoxville until becoming a resident of the Iowa City area in 2006. She passed away at Windmill Manor, Coralville, Iowa, on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at the age of 83 years. Bonnie is survived by her three children and their families:
Dianna and Richard Colgan of Iowa City, Iowa, Matthew and Stephanie Mishler of Ottumwa, Iowa, Ellie, Piper, Laura Mishler of Mason City, Iowa, Margaret Mishler of Dubuque, Iowa; Michael and Pam (Anderson) Heaberlin of Des Moines, Iowa, Andrea Butler of Ames, Iowa, Lexi; Richard and Sandy (Bengtson) Heaberlin of Mesquite, Texas, Andrew Heaberlin of Mesquite, Texas, Kyle Heaberlin of Mesquite, Texas, Blake Bengtson of Mesquite, Texas.
Bonnie leaves her only brother, Robert Bown and his wife, Meta, of Oskaloosa, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Heaberlin; her parents, Thomas Bown and Mildred Welch; step-father, Everett Welch; and her parents-in-law, Ray and Beulah Heaberlin.
Bonnie had been an active member of Christ's Church in Knoxville where she served as a greeter.
Published on September 9, 2016
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