Bonita Rose 'Bonnie' Jensen
Bonita Rose "Bonnie" Jensen, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Hays Medical Center.
She was born July 7, 1925, in Kansas City, Mo., to Thomas and Geneva (Stearns) Byerley. She graduated from Rosedale High School and Bethany School of Nursing, both of Kansas City, Kan. She attended Fort Hays State University.
She married Harold C. Jensen on Jan. 26, 1947, in Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death Sept. 7, 2001. She worked at Hays hospitals, St. Anthony's and Hadley Medical Center and Hays Medical Center until retirement in 1995. She joined the U.S. Army Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943 and was discharged in 1946.
She was a member of Hays R.N. Club since 1947. She was past president of District 16, Kansas Nurses Association, and past board member of the Kansas State Nurses Association. She was a life member of the American Nurses Association. She was Past Noble Grand Victory Rebekah Lodge 166 of Hays, and received the Decoration of Chivalry from the Sovereign Grand Lodge, Topeka. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary No. 9076, former 4-H sewing leader of the Buckeye Jr. Farmers, past president of the Buckeye Community Club, and was a member of S.O.S. (Sisters of Survivorship.) She volunteered at the A.R.C. from 1990 to 2010.
She enjoyed working on genealogy and sharing the information with families, worked on crossword puzzles every day and loved taking pictures of her friends and sharing them, as well as writing letters to friends and family.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Andrew Jensen and wife, Linda, Piper, and Raymond Harold Jensen and friend, Julie Lochmann, Hays; two daughters, Patricia Ann Weimer and husband, Kenneth, Columbus, Ohio, and Kay Ellen Funk and husband, Dale, Newton; a brother, Marvin Byerley and wife, Billie, Kansas City; five sister-in-laws, Maria Byerley, Hinesville, Ga., Marguerite Byerley, Mission, Eileen Jensen, Goldie Jensen and Virginia Linenberger, all of Hays, and Rossie Morgan, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Robert Prockish, Stockton; eight grandchildren, Michael Ray Jensen and wife, Amy, Hays, Kenneth Andrew Weimer and wife, Maia, Chicago, Matthew Weimer and wife, Teresa, Calgary, Canada, Amy Jo Wiemer, Columbus, Ohio, Weston Jensen, Hawaii, Ryan Jensen, Lawrence, Rose Kama and Dr. Bill Kama, Hilo, Hawaii, and Jeremy Wann, Grand Island, Neb.; and 10 great-grandchildren, Elissa and Ethan Jensen, Cidnye and Miles Weimer, Arlie Jay Kama, Jada, Sophi and Aubri Weimer, and Mysteri and Genesis Henry.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Rowland Dale Byerley and Thomas James Byerley.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine; burial in Fort Hays Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until time of service Wednesday, both at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Fort Hays State Nursing Learning Lab or Cancer Council of Ellis County in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.