Bonnie Lou White

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Bonnie Lou (Thorton) White was born August 8, 1934 in Blackwell, Oklahoma to Joseph and Florence Thorton.
She moved to Wichita, Kansas at a young age and graduated from Plane View Kansas High School in 1952. During her high school years, she was one of the most popular students. After high school, she worked on the flight line of the Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita.
Bonnie married Robert Collins White, Jr. in Wichita, Kansas on April 30, 1954. The union produced five children, daughter Lynda Kay White (deceased), son Jerry Dee White (deceased), son Terry Lee White (deceased), son Gregory Mark White, and daughter Lea Ann Pickett. Bonnie lived in Norman since 1954 and during that time, she participated in many community organizations. When her children were in school, Bonnie was very involved in the PTA. She chaperoned numerous field trips, school activities and church camps. Bonnie also worked in Admissions and Records at the University of Oklahoma for many years. She was a very active member of McFarlin United Methodist Church, leading women's prayer groups, teaching Sunday school to 6th graders, serving as a greeter for over 30 years, and playing on various McFarlin Women's softball teams for over 20 years.
Two of her greatest passions were sewing and quilting. She was very accomplished at both and won many awards for her quilting. She was a member of the Norman Quilters' Guild and served in key positions for many years and was instrumental in the growth of the organization. She was a member of the Norman Art League, and United Methodist Women. In her spare time, she loved quilting, sewing, reading, watching the OKC Thunder, and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as much as possible.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her father Joseph Thomas Thorton, mother Florence Hand Thorton Upshaw, and brother Merle Thorton. She is survived by her husband Robert C. White, Jr. of the home; son Gregory Mark White and his partner Harriet Bohanan of Norman; daughter Lea Ann Pickett of Norman; former daughter-in-law Gosia White and her partner George Kondogianis of Cortlandt, New York; grandchildren Cole and Kelly White and their mother Julie Alsup of Newport Beach, California; and Mandi Lacher and Collin Pickett of Norman; great grandchildren Aidan, Mackenzie, and Emma Lou Lacher of Norman.
Visitation will be held 6pm-8pm, Thursday, August 8th at Tribute Memorial Care Event Center, 708 24th Ave., NW, Norman. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10am, Monday, August 12 at McFarlin United Methodist Church, 419 S. University Blvd., Norman. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.tribute.care.
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Georjana Mauldin
Aug 11, 2019
Bonnie was a fantastic person. I knew her through McFarlin UMC, the Norman Area Quilters Guild, and United Methodist Women.

She gave wonderful advice. What I loved about her most was her welcoming spirit. She greated everyone with a smile and handshake at the Church. She hugged every child that passed through the doors.
Bradley Thorton
Aug 11, 2019
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Nancy Merrill
Aug 10, 2019
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Larry
Aug 09, 2019
Words cannot express what Bonnie meant to our family. She selflessly welcomed hundreds of people into hers and Bob’s lives. Little did I know when my son Riley started lifting at their garage gym that we were also gaining a new family into our lives. Both Bob and Bonnie are one in a million people. Following the passing of my father and mother, Bonnie and Bob became my son’s third set of grandparent right when he needed it most. I often went to their house and just hung out watching the lifters and visiting with Bonnie about her latest quilting project. There is nothing more special than a handmade quilt made with loving, caring hands. My son was fortunate enough to experience this. Bonn...ie made him a quilt upon his graduation from Norman North and he will cherish it for the rest of his life. The world is not quite as bright but heaven welcomed a new angel with Bonnie’s passing. I will forever be thankful and cherish the memories of knowing Bonnie.
Prayers for her sweet family and love always!
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Larry Nolan
Aug 09, 2019
Words cannot express what Bonnie meant to our family. She selflessly welcomed hundreds of people into hers and Bob’s lives. Little did I know when my son Riley started lifting at their garage gym that we were also gaining a new family into our lives. Both Bob and Bonnie are one in a million people. Following the passing of my father and mother, Bonnie and Bob became my son’s third set of grandparent right when he needed it most. I often went to their house and just hung out watching the lifters and visiting with Bonnie about her latest quilting project. There is nothing more special than a handmade quilt made with loving, caring hands. My son was fortunate enough to experience this. Bonn...ie made him a quilt upon his graduation from Norman North and he will cherish it for the rest of his life. The world is not quite as bright but heaven welcomed a new angel with Bonnie’s passing. I will forever be thankful and cherish the memories of knowing Bonnie.
Love always and Rest In Peace Bonnie.
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Lori Cornelsen
Aug 09, 2019
Bonnie was one in a million!! Her laughter was contagious and her smile brightened any room! As her softball teammate, she was as energetic and enthusiastic at age 70 as any 30 year old!! Her zest for life was uplifting. She was the perfect greeter at church!! She had a way of making a person feel very welcome!! She loved her family and treated others as her own! She will be missed!! Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with Bob, Lee Ann, Mark and family.
Julie
Aug 08, 2019
Just loved Bonnie to bits. She and Bob welcomed me into their family and she taught me how to be a mom. We sewed, laughed, shopped and loved. I’m forever grateful for her being in my life and taught me lessons I’ll neber forget. Especially: “Never have more kids than you have arms!” Which IS THE REASON I only have two!!
Cheryl (Hammond) Raper
Aug 08, 2019
I was so sorry to learn of Bonnie’s passing. I will always remember her fondly in a McFarlin softball uniform with a smile on her face and twinkle in her eye! My prayers to coach Bob, Lee Ann, and the rest of the family.
Sarah B. Smalley Ledford
Aug 08, 2019
Bonnie was a WONDERFUL person who provided my childhood and teen years with a lot of fun. I was treated as part of the family and shared many meals, camp outs and other activities because of her love of people. I last saw Mrs. White almost 20 years ago when she attended my wedding. We would occasionally visit on the phone over the years as well.

Simply put, this lady was an angel on earth and definitely one in heaven. May the Good Lord Bless her family with happy memories of her at this difficult time.