Bonnie Lou O’Kane age 87 was a resident of Grandview, MO most of her adult life. She was born on April 4, 1934 to Harry and Alice Moody in Austin, MO. She died on August 4 at Lakewood Care Center in Kansas City, MO. Bonnie attended schools in Cass County, MO and rode a horse to Harrisonville High School! She grew up on a farm and fondly remembers her family emptying the house of furniture on Saturday nights to make room for country music and dancing with neighbors and friends. She also said that she would never marry a farmer because farm life had too many chores.
Bonnie married Walter O’Kane on March 8, 1950 and was blessed with 5 boys – Ron, Rob, Randy, Rick and Rusty. Bonnie stated that having babies was the favorite time of her life. She was a hard working mom having several jobs outside the home throughout her life to help support her family.
She was a good cook who will be remembered for her delicious apple dumplings and goulash. She and Walt loved to have their family over for pool parties, cookouts and cards. She always enjoyed garage sales, Bingo, shopping and annual trips in the camper to visit Colorado and Las Vegas. She loved playing the slot machines and often won big money.
Bonnie is survived by sons Ron and his wife Joy, Rob, Randy and his wife Kathleen, and Rick. Rusty died in 2011.
She also leaves 9 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A private graveside service will be held at a future date.
She was my friend for 53 years and my mother-in-law for 22 years. She was a lot of fun to do things with. It has been hard witnessing her many health problems along with dementia. She had to endure much but loved life and her family. I have tons of wonderful memories of our time together that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I love you Bonnie! ?
My deepest condolences to the family. You all know I love you too! ?
Remembering Miss Bonnie:
The Heritage sisters, Anna and Lois, remember Bonnie as the crossing guard for the Belvidere Elementary School. She always had a big smile on her face and was so friendly. Bonnie was a member of the original Belvidere Moms. Anna and I stayed connected to the OKanes through our children and spouses. Bonnie has joined the mothers who have passed on before her and is smiling down on us now as we cross the many streets of life.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Anna and Lois