Rosella Belle Bonney born on October 4, 1922, in rural Wapello County, was the third child of six born to Lester R. and Lela O. (Rupe) Bonney. Belle attended grade school and junior high in Davenport, Iowa. During her sophomore year, she left school to help her father in his hardware store in Onslow, Iowa. A year later she enrolled in high school at Onslow and graduated in May of 1941.
November 15, 1941, she was united in marriage with Charles Elliott Hickman. To this union four children were born: Jacqueline Leigh, Mary Patricia, Barbara Jean, and Charles Elliott II. During WWII Belle followed Charles to various locations where he was stationed until the summer of 1945 when he boarded a ship to Japan. When he returned in January of 1946, they moved to Knoxville, Iowa where she devoted her life to her husband and children.
Belle was very active for many years in Girl Scouts as a leader; but the most service outside the home was to her church. She served as Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher and directed the funeral dinners during the '80s and '90s. In 1999 she underwent quadruple bypass surgery on her heart bringing an end to her volunteer service. Charles passed away in March of 2000 and Belle lived in their home in Knoxville until 2013 when she moved to Park Lane Assisted Living.
She passed away at Knoxville Area Community Hospital, on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the age of 94. Belle is survived by her four children and their families: Jacqueline L. (Leonard) Sharp of Knoxville, Lee Sharp (Sheri) of Maxwell, IA - Josh, Trevor Bonnie (Paul) Stalzer of Knoxville, IA - Troy, Brandi, Samantha Kristi (Mike) Dursky of Knoxville, IA - Mike, Joey Lela (Dave) McKinney of Knoxville, IA Jeff Sharp (Cindy) of Chapel Hill, TN - Ryan, Jenna M. Patricia (Chuck) Streeter of Des Moines, IA Chuck Streeter II (Diane) of Des Moines, IA - Sean, Selena, Joey Patrick Streeter (Cynthea) of Des Moines, IA - Tanner Barbara Jones (Mike) of Des Moines, IA Michelle (Bill) Walsh of Johnson, IA - Cassandra, Triston Vivian Jones Thomas Jones - Lura Marie Jones Rita Jones William Sheesley (Mary) of Omaha, NE - Willa Michael Jones of Ankeny, IA - Taylor, Rachel, Christopher Carlton Jones (Heather) of Des Moines, IA - Timothy, Noah, Joel, David Charles Hickman II (Carol) of Roland, IA Charles E Hickman III of Story City, IA Angela Hickman of Roland, IA - Shelby Robert Hickman (Dawn) of Ames, IA Nicholas Hickman (Katherine) of Farmington, MN Two brothers-in-law: Wilbur Max Hickman of Pensacola, FL; John Leigh Hickman of San Jose, CA three sisters-in-law: Luella Jeanne Jones Nora Mae Stanbro Joyce Marie Brennon all of Oskaloosa, IA; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, her parents, five siblings and their spouses: Willard Donald (Evelyn) Bonney, Audrey Leone (John) Gerdes, Larvel Ray (Fonda) Bonney, Harold Dean (Rosemary) Bonney, and Donna Jeanne (Dudley) Tredway. two sisters-in-law: Dorothy Fern Davis, Mildred Maybelle Fenoglio four brothers-in-law: Robert William Hickman, Clarence Merrill Hickman, Kenneth Lulan Hickman, Kelsey Donald Hickman two sons-in-law: Leonard Sharp, Chuck Streeter and a daughter-in-law Carol Hickman. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville. Williams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on October 31, 2016