Bonnie Faye (Walker) Thompson passed away Tuesday, April 05, 2016 at the Rooks County Health Center in Plainville, Kansas at the age of 70. She was born on March 10, 1946 in Woodston, Kansas to the late Harlan Eugene and Mildred Luciele (Spargo) Walker. She graduated from high school in Wichita, Kansas with the Class of 1964.
Bonnie owned and operated the Captain’s Table restaurant in Stockton, Kansas before moving to Plainville, where she owned and operated the Prairie Hotel and Restaurant. She was an avid gardener, and enjoyed growing and tending both flower and vegetable gardens, and was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary in Plainville. For fun, when she had opportunity, you could find her at any of the area casinos, working the slot machines, hoping and pulling for the Jackpot. She was also famous, among family and friends, for baking and decorating the best cakes around, especially wedding cakes.
Bonnie is survived by her sons Max Gilmore and wife Lisa of Stockton, and Michael Gilmore and wife Diana of Plainville; step-daughters Kim Mangiaracino of Wichita, and Christine McCoy of Wichita; brothers Larry Wildrix of Humble, TX, Edward Walker of Logan, and David Walker of Stockton; sisters Linda Groff and husband Jim of Stockton, and Patty Eggers of Sterling; grandchildren Michael Christopher Gilmore, Lyndsey Marie Gilmore, Blythe Cimarron Gilmore, Janie Rose Gilmore, and Jessie Lynn Gilmore; great-granddaughter Rowan Christine Gilmore; and her beloved puppy and companion Swiffer.
She was preceded in death by her parents Harlan Walker and Mildred Walker, step-father Lee Wildrix, husband Jim Thompson, and infant daughter Kimberley Dawn Gilmore.
Bonnie was a hardworking woman who showed her love by serving and caring for her family, friends, and neighbors. With the same love and patience required to grow her gardens, she planted in each one of us the seeds of faith, hope, and love. Through her daily example, she showed us that the greatest of these is love.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Stockton Cemetery. Inurnment will follow. Visitation will be from 1:00-8:00 pm on Thursday at the funeral home. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm. Memorials are suggested to the Bonnie Thompson Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N 1st Street, Stockton, Kansas 67669. Online condolences may be left at www.plumeroverlease.com
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