Fort Wayne – Bonnie Carol Crabill, 86, died Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She was born June 21, 1934 in St. Joe to George H and Wilma (Magers) Kees. Bonnie was a Garrett High School graduate, and she worked at Cooper Standard Products in accounts payable before retiring in 1990. She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Garrett and was a former member of Skirts and Shirts Square Dance Club. She loved to crochet baby afghan blankets, reading, and listening to country music and the oldies. Bonnie’s favorite things were family and desserts (always eaten before the main course), but her most favorite was the love of her life, Alva, with whom she could not wait to be reunited. Bonnie’s greatest gifts to her family were her faith, love of music, and the ability to sing alto. She spent her last day surrounded by her family, laughing together, sharing memories, and singing hymns. Bonnie and her husband Alva loved traveling the country, but their favorite destination was Fun N Sun Resort in San Benito, TX where they wintered for 21 years. They were married July 5, 1952 in the Church of Christ in Garrett and he died July 15, 2014. Surviving are 3 daughters and a son, Sally (Steve) Hoeppner of Berne, Penny (Mark) Newlin of Tell City, Jeri (Greg) Hippensteel of South Whitley and Doug (Cheryl) Crabill of West Lafayette; daughter- in-law, Julie Duncan of Churubusco; 11 grandchildren including Shannon (Nick) Scheumann, Stuart (Caramee) Crabill, Lee (Rachael) Hoeppner, Scott (Kelsey) Hoeppner, Megan (Darrin) James, Tyrel Newlin, Kate (Michael) Nixon, Laura Hippensteel, Rachel Hippensteel, Matthew Crabill, Michael Crabill, and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Terry Crabill, her 4 brothers Willard Kees, Sam Kees, Harry Kees and Mike Kees, and her 3 sisters, Betty DeLucenay, Nelda Shafer, and Georgia Kees. Services will be 2 PM Saturday May 8, 2021 at the First Church of Christ, 213 East King Street, Garrett, IN 46738, with Brother Bud Owen officiating. Burial will follow the service in Roselawn Cemetery in Auburn. Calling is 3 hours prior to the service Saturday from 11 to 2 at the church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be given in Bonnie’s name to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047. To send condolences visit www.fellerandclark.com.
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