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Lavona F. “Bonnie” Crume

April 13, 1940 — October 11, 2022

Lavona “Bonnie” Crume, 82, of Belton, left this world, October 11, 2022. Bonnie was born April 13, 1940, to Dean W and Lesta M Fisher in Bolivar, Missouri.

Bonnie had a sense of adventure.  Bonnie was the first in her family to move to Kansas City after she graduated in 1959.  She moved to Kansas City to work for National Bellas Hess.

This is where she met her best friend of 63 years Sondra DeLap Monasmith.  Bonnie would later get a job at the Marine Corp Finance Center where she worked with her sister Betty.  Bonnie retired from there in 2002.

Bonnie had a love of music and she shared that love with her family.  She found joy in attending concerts whether they were at Santa-Cali-Gon days, the Northtown Opry or the Missouri State Fair.

Garage sales were a social event for Bonnie.  She loved to seek them out to treasure hunt and loved to host them as well.  In 1995 she decided to combine a garage sale with a visit to her Aunt Ruby in Liberal, Kansas.  It was a huge success.

It was at an auction circa 1975 with her Aunt Dola that Bonnie bought her first cookie jar. Collecting cookie jars brought her pure joy.  She would light up every time she presented her latest find.  Her collection is well over 1,000 jars.

It was in 2002 that she met her match with avid collector Charles Crume.  Bonnie and Charles found a partner to share their passion for the hunt to fill their collections.

They married December 22, 2003.

After retiring in 2002, Bonnie met many great friends in the two social groups she joined which were the Red Hat Society and her TOPS group.

As her grandchildren grew she enjoyed participating in their lives whether it be attending a sports event, a concert, a fair, shopping for school clothes or traveling.

Bonnie was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Raymore MO.

Bonnie is survived by her beloved husband Charles Crume; two daughters, Toni (Jim) Leonard of Shawnee, KS, Melissa (Greg) Hite of Belton, MO, She was a proud Grandmother of Garrett (Ricki) Hite, Emma Hite; Wyatt Leonard, Marshall Leonard; and great-grandsons, Kai Altman and Nash Altman.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters Betty Pettet and Janice Crain.

A visitation will be from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64138. Funeral services are scheduled for 9:30 AM on Friday, October 14, 2022 at Park lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery at 8300 Quivera Road, Lenexa, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials and contributions are suggested to Midwest Oncology Associates Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center, 12140 Nall Ave. Suite 200, Overland Park, KS. 66209.

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A visitation will be from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64138. Funeral services are scheduled for 9:30 AM on Friday, October 14, 2022 at Park lawn Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery at 8300 Quivera Road, Lenexa, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials and contributions are suggested to Midwest Oncology Associates Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center, 12140 Nall Ave. Suite 200, Overland Park, KS. 66209.

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