Bonnie Ruth Stanfill, the daughter of the late Dolphin and Myrtle Mae Cureton Starkey, was born in Marquand on July 24, 1930, and died at her home in Dexter on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at the age of 74.
She had lived in St. Louis, Bancroft, Mich., Arizona, and California before moving to Dexter seven years ago. She was a retired minister and had pastored the Bancroft Church in Bancroft, Mich., as well as other communities. She and her husband had served as missionaries in Kingston, Jamaica. Her joy was to assemble and minister to the church.
On June 18, 1945, she was married to Sterling Otto Stanfill in Marquand. He preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1999.
Surviving are two sons, Sterling Eugene "Bud" Stanfill of Patton and Duke Stanfill of Burton, Mich.; eight daughters, Tressie Ann Cash and Jean Bell, both of Dexter, Brenda Stanfill of Grand Blanc, Mich., Joyce Bostic and Anita Haley, both of Bloomfield, Mary Lee Bell of Midland, Mich., Marcie Farrow of Jackson, Valeria Korpi of Burton, Mich.; 38 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Sherman Starkey and Charles Jack Starkey, both of Sedgewickville and Billy Ray Starkey of Marquand; four sisters, Mona Sliger of Arnold, Phyllis Paine of Mentone, Calif., Audrey Wadlow and Flossie Marie Royle, both of Brooksville, Fla.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, one in infancy and Alice Garrett on Nov. 13, 1992; several grandchildren; and two brothers, James Robert and Luther Starkey.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in the Watkins & Sons Chapel with Rev. Gary Teel of Dexter officiating.
Interment followed in the Bloomfield Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.