Bonnie Lou Witt, 81, El Dorado Springs, went home to her heavenly Father’s open arms on Feb. 12, 2021, from COVID complications. Bonnie was born March 20, 1939, in St. Clair County. She was the daughter of Louis Daniel (L.D.) and Laura Ethel (Hoffman) Taylor. She was the second daughter in her family of four siblings. Bonnie graduated from El Dorado Springs High School.
Bonnie was united in marriage to the love of her life and high school sweetheart, Dwain Witt, on May 4, 1956. They started their married life in Tiffin. Later, they moved to Blackjack, where Bonnie found Jesus at a little country church. To this union a son and daughter were born. She took her children to that church every time the doors were open and made sure they knew Jesus at an early age.
Bonnie and Dwain moved to El Dorado Springs in 1967, where she worked for Dunbrook Shirt Co. Later she worked for Producer’s Grain Co. and finally Witt Printing Co. until she retired at 70 years of age.
Bonnie enjoyed working and meeting the public. She never met a stranger. A true passion, a gift from God, that Bonnie possessed was talking to everyone about Jesus. In addition, she spent hours with the Barnabas ministry team at church sending out cards of encouragement to hundreds of people. The Church of God (Holiness) became her second home. She was a spiritual mentor to many, many young people at church. She could tell you every one of the children’s names and who their parents were at church. Her specialty role was being a greeter to those coming into church. She made everyone feel welcome and loved on the spot. Her prayer lists were endless, and she prayed for everyone on those lists, sometimes asking her daughter, Kim, to join her in lifting others up in prayer on numerous occasions.
Bonnie greatly enjoyed being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She showed her love for Jesus to her grandchildren and they knew she had a direct prayer line to Jesus. She spent the last few years caring for Dwain at home.
Preceding her in death were her parents, L.D. and Ethyl Taylor; younger sister, Lee; brothers-in-law, Doyle and Everett; and father and mother-in-law, Elmer and Corda Witt.
Survivors include her husband, Dwain, of the home; her son, Les (L.D.) of El Dorado Springs; daughter, Kim (Witt) Osterloh and husband, Keith, of Springfield; her grandchildren, Dr. Mandee (Osterloh) Olinger and husband, Dr. Tony Olinger, of Olathe, KS, and Mitch Osterloh of Springfield; great-grandchildren: Emma, Liam, Aliya, and Lily.
She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Woody, of El Dorado Springs; her brother, Jim Taylor and wife, Suzie, of Overland Park, KS, her brother-in-law, Jim Moore and his wife, Martha, of Appleton City; sister-in-law, Cleo Witt of Arvada, CO; brother-in-law, Don Witt and wife, Sis, of El Dorado Springs; six nieces, five nephews, and many, many cousins.
Services for Bonnie Witt will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) with Rev. Joe Trussell officiating. Interment will follow at the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be: Mitch Osterloh, Dr. Tony Olinger, Kent Bell, Todd Baker, Kenny Hubbard, and Randy (White) Bland. Honorary pallbearers will be: Don Witt, Jim Moore, Jim Taylor, and Mike Norman.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Church of God (Holiness) encouragement/card ministry that Bonnie held so dear to her heart.
Online condolences may be left at: www.blandhackleman.com.