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“R.I.P. Mrs. Bonnie, Growing up in the church, Bonnie & Pete were a constant. They always had fun Halloween parties too. ”
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“I am so saddened to hear of bonnies passing! She was a great woman and friend. Her and her husband will for ever be in my memory and in my heart. For...Read More »
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Bonnie Mae (Perdue) Arris was born June 5, 1918, in Witten, South Dakota to parents John and Katherine Perdue. She was the second of twelve children. Bonnie passed away at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Loveland, Colorado on November 26, 2016 at the age of 98 years.

Funeral services for Bonnie will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Winner, South Dakota. Burial will be at the Winner Cemetery.

Bonnie married Pete Arris on October 17, 1937, in Gallup, New Mexico. After a short time in New Mexico, Bonnie and Pete traveled to South Dakota to visit Bonnie's family. While there, Pete helped with numerous projects before going back to New Mexico. A year later, Pete was given an offer to join the Terrell's Appliance business in Winner. Pete accepted the offer, and in 1946 Bonnie and Pete moved to Winner where they bought a home and raised two sons, Robert and Monte. When Monte was in his early twenties, the Arris family lost him, a dear son and brother, to cancer.

Bonnie and Pete remained steadfast in their faith and united in marriage for 71 years until Pete's passing on June 20, 2009. Having sold their home and moved across town to Golden Prairie Manor in February 2009, Bonnie remained at Golden Prairie Manor until April 2012. Her son Bob then moved her to the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Loveland, Colorado to be closer to him.

Bonnie worked at Terrell's Appliance (which eventually became Winner Gas and Electric). She also worked as an aide at the Winner hospital.

She was strong-willed, matter-of-fact, outgoing, friendly, very caring, loving, and in turn, was deeply loved by many.

Bonnie had a very strong faith and eagerly shared her faith in Christ with others. Bonnie (along with Pete) was a charter member of the Assembly of God Church in Winner. Bonnie loved her church brothers and sisters and spent many hours in the church where she was a Sunday School teacher for the young teens and active in women's ministry groups. Bonnie, with loving open arms, welcomed adults and young people alike into the church and into her home. She was involved in the local Christian Women's Club and traveled with friends to nearby communities to attend Women's Aglow meetings. She enjoyed reading and sharing her favorite inspirational books with others. Bonnie enjoyed leading Bible study/prayer groups and was known as a spiritual mother/grandmother to many.

Bonnie loved her family deeply and was thrilled when any of them would travel the distance to visit or when she and Pete could travel to their homes. Bonnie was especially thankful to have lived near her son Bob the last 4 ½ years of her life.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, son Monte Arris, husband Pete Arris, seven brothers and one sister.

Surviving is son Robert L. Arris of Loveland, Colorado; two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, one brother and two sisters. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Funeral services for Bonnie Arris, 98, of Loveland, CO, were held Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Winner, SD with Pastor Randy Hahne officiating. A visitation was held one hour prior to the service.

Music was provided by Joanne Jerred, pianist, and Don Tuttle and Teresa Yeaman, vocalists. Musical selections were "Amazing Grace," "I'll Fly Away," "How Great Thou Art," and "Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus." Congregational song was "When We All Get to Heaven."

Rhonda Tuttle read Scripture.

Sherry Bertram was in charge of registration.

Joann Eli was flower attendant.

Teresa Yeaman read the obituary.

Jack Yeaman was in charge of sharing memories.

Casket Bearers were Don Tuttle, Jack Yeaman, Wade Moser, Richard Cole, Alan Croston, and David Simons.

Honorary Casketbearers were anyone Bonnie ever loved (which included you).

Interment was in the Winner City Cemetery, Winner, SD.