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Bonnie J. (Smyser) Glendinning

Bonnie J. (Smyser) Glendinning, 93, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 11:05 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.

Bonnie J. (Smyser) Glendinning

Bonnie was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Durham, Mo., to Thomas (Tommy) Wainwright and Elnora Mae Wenneker Smyser. She was married to Leroy William Glendinning on June 1, 1952, at Emerson Baptist Church. He preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1992.

Survivors include her brothers, Gordon (Sherill) Smyser and Randy (Norma) Smyser; sister, Sue (Bud) Hoener; 23 nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Bonnie was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Kenneth, and wife, Lois Smyser; sisters, Oma, and husband Bernard Dill; Dorothy, and husband, L.V. Jones; and Nadine, and husband, Carrol Robbins.

After graduation from Durham High School, Bonnie earned her bachelor of science in education from Culver Stockton College and her master’s in arts from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. 

She taught for a total of 38 years, with 20 in rural, mostly one-room, schools in Lewis and Marion counties, and the final 18 at Hannibal High School as director of guidance. She started special education programs in two of the schools, and also worked with GED classes in Hannibal.

Bonnie enjoyed making quilts and over the years made one for all of her nieces and nephews. She loved to travel and do word puzzles, as well as do garden and yard work.

She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Bethel Missionary Society, ME Club, AARP, National Education Association and Missouri Retired Teachers.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra. Pastor Marty Smyser will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Smyser, Kevin Smyser, Mark Ragar, Douglas Hoener, Gregory Hoener and Derek Smyser.

Honorary pallbearers will be Curtis Robbins and Donald Drill.

Memorials may be made to the Palmyra Nutrition Center or the Maple Lawn Activities Fund.

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