Our mother came into this world on January 8, 1942 as Ruby Joe Finney in Blossom, TX. She was one of four girls that were born to Eugene and Mildred Finney. Her young life was not an easy one and she and her three sisters were separated at a very young age.
At the age of nine, she was adopted by Floyd and Myrtle Showalter of Fairfax, Mo. and gained a brother along with a new name of Bonnie Jo Showalter. She attended school in both the Fairfax and Rock Port schools.
She fell in love with our father, Douglas L. Allee and they were married on March 8, 1960. Of this union four children (two boys and two girls) were born. During their marriage they lived in various farming communities in Iowa and Northwest Missouri. As in all wonderful stories, it was also during this time she was able to locate her three sisters and their families and had the opportunity to reconnect and spend time together.
She was an amazing woman and there wasn’t anything she couldn’t do if she put her mind to it. She knew education was important and after focusing on raising her children, she later obtained her GED by attending night school. Besides raising three children, she worked at Vet-A-Mix in Shenandoah, Iowa and became a Certified Nurses Aid where she worked at the Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, Iowa until her retirement. Even though Bonnie and Doug later divorced, they remained close friends until his passing in 2004.
Her many talents included gardening, growing flowers, cooking, canning, sewing and knitting. She had a fondness of butterflies, owls, spending time outside with nature and of course her compassion and love for all animals. You name an animal and she probably had one or possibly several at one time in her life. She especially loved cats, dogs and birds. We never got a “NO” answer when it came to “Can we have it or can we keep it?”
She married the final love of her life, Roy (Ronald LeRoy) Light on December 25, 1999 at their home in Hamburg, Iowa and he has been a dedicated husband who has remained by her side ever since. They enjoyed life on the farm and spending quality time together gardening, completing new projects and just observing nature and wildlife. They knew how to make each other laugh and were able to take care of each other until various health issues and two of the most horrible diseases, Cancer and Alzheimer’s, became a part of their lives. In April, 2013 they relocated to Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port, Mo. where they were still able to be together. Our mother was able to survive breast cancer, but unfortunately Alzheimer’s always seems to win. No matter how hard she tried and even though her spirit was extremely strong, it finally overcame her. Let me tell you though, she sure showed her Cherokee Indian and Irish heritage, that she was so proud of, in those last days. When all hope seemed diminished, she came back just enough to let us know she was still fighting and loved us enough to do so. The love for her children, Roy, family and friends was undeniable.
There will be so many things we will miss from Bonnie Jo, but a few of them will be her beautiful face and blue eyes, her laughter, her ability to make anyone feel welcome and everything seem alright, her warm embracing hugs, her soft kisses and her constant and never-ending love.
Bonnie was preceded in death by an infant son, Dale Anthony Allee; sister, Mary Lou Baird; grandson, William Robert Hinds, Jr.; parents, Eugene Finney and Mildred Woodcock; adopted parents, Floyd and Myrtle Showalter; ex-husband, Douglas Allee; sister-in-law, Joyce Allee; nephew, Brian LaMaster and many, beloved pets.
She is survived by her husband, Roy Light of Rock Port, MO; son, Wayne A. Allee and wife, Gayle of Rock Port, Mo.; daughter, Jeanette R. Henderson of Hamburg, IA; daughter, Karen E. Tietjen and husband, Dan of Platte City, Mo.; honorary daughter, Liz Garst and husband Pat of Rock Port, Mo.; sister, Jean Baldwin of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; sister, Joyce Dennis and husband, Larry of Mansfield, MO; brother, Danny Showalter; grandchildren, Zachary Allee (Jay) of Atlanta, GA; Amanda Hinds (Jake) of Farragut, IA; Veronica Lewis (Jason) of Rock Port, Mo.; Nicole Hinds of Hamburg, IA; great-grandchildren, Miranda, Kristin, Katie, Kara, Tuff, Cayden, Landon, Athena, Rush and Baylin; several nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
Memorials in her name can be made to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association or Great Plains SPCA.
The family had a private ceremony on Sunday, January 22, 2017. A public memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 followed by inurnment in Mount Olive Cemetery, Hamburg, Iowa. The location and time of memorial will be provided at a later date. Care entrusted to Chamberlain Funeral Home, Rock Port. Online condolences may be left at www.chamberlainfuneral.com.