Leona was born September 01, 1931 on a farm in Page County Iowa (outside of Clarinda, Iowa). She was the youngest of 10 children of Edward Jefferson Bean and Ora Langloss Bean. Leona graduated from Clarinda High School in 1949. She married Allen Bruce Bonsall September 04, 1949 at the Clarinda Methodist Church. Leona & Allen moved to Texas in June 1952, Allen was ordained a Lay Minister of the Texas Conference of the Methodist Church in 1960 and Leona became a minister’s wife. She was active in the Methodist Women and with the Youth of the churches they served. In the summer of 1965 Allen, Leona, & children were transferred to the Little Rock Conference in Arkansas. She was a past president of the United Methodist Women of the Little Rock Conference. She resided in Horseshoe Bend for 25 years before moving to Mountain Home in 2014.
Leona passed away in Mountain Home on October 6, 2016, and was preceded in death by her parents, Edward & Ora Bean, her husband of 54 years, Rev. Allen B. Bonsall, seven sisters and two brothers. She is survived by: daughter, Vicki Packer & husband Clyde of Mountain Home, Arkasnas; son, Jim Bonsall & wife Mendal of Norphlet, Arkansas and daughter, Judy McCulloch & husband Mike of Fulshear, Texas. Grandchildren are Chris Packer, Beth Packer Avery & husband Chris, Craig Bonsall & wife Amanda, Brooke Bonsall, Erin Bonsall Williams & husband Chris, Jeffrey McCulloch & wife Becca, Kyle McCulloch & wife Taryn, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces & nephews.
A graveside service will be October 29, 2016, 11:00am at Evening Shadows Memorial Park Cemetery in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Hospice of the Ozarks, 701 Burnett Drive, Mountain Home, AR 72653 or Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church, 600 West Church Street, Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512.