Bonnie Ruth Collier

3 April, 193215 November, 2020

Bonnie Ruth Collier, 88, passed away November 15, 2020, in Lee’s Summit, MO.

She was born on April 3, 1932, in Lebanon, MO, to James Herman Mizer and Lela Iva (Lynch) Mizer. Bonnie attended the Lebanon schools and graduated in 1949. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for the Lebanon Broadcasting Company for six years. She married Emery D. Collier in 1953 and made her home in the Kansas City, MO, area. She was a member of the Lee’s Summit Business Women’s Club in Lee’s Summit, MO. She retired from John Calvin Manor Retirement Home in Lee’s Summit as Assistant Manager in 1984 and moved to Pomme de Terre Lake area and later to Bolivar, MO. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Bolivar.

Her husband, Emery D. Collier, preceded her in death on February 19, 2006.

She is survived by five children: Randy D. Collier (Patricia) of Branson, MO, Vicki R. Conrick (Bill) of Grandview, MO, Ronnie L. Collier (Kathy) of Port Orchard, WA, Kimberly Heuman (Don) of Boise, ID, and Connie Shahan (Mike) of Galveston, TX; ten grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be held at 10 AM on Monday, November 23, at Floral Hills East Memorial Gardens, 25203 E US Hwy 50, Lee's Summit, MO 64086.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,


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Kristin Allen

November 23, 2020

My mother-in-law, Nathalie, and Bonnie had been roomies for the past few years. So our weekly visits were usually to both of them and enjoyed by all of us! Bonnie was even present for some of our FaceTime visits since the COVID-19 lockdown. Before the lockdown, when it was nice enough to go outside, we’d enjoy the weather, the flowers, and she’d tell us about her early life in radio. Or at lunch she would tell stories about when she was a little girl, and about her love for Dee. We never left the two of them without hugs for both.
We missed seeing her when we couldn’t visit anymore. Bonnie was a delightful lady, I’m glad we got to enjoy her.
Nathalie passed a few weeks ago. I hope those 2 gals are sitting on the front row of a JKV activity enjoying each other again.

Kathy Collier

November 21, 2020

When I met Bonnie 32 years ago on our honeymoon to Missouri she was at the Pomme de terre lake house, she loved that house. She was so proud of it, and I was in awe it was huge with a wrap around enclosed deck and about 10 couches!. We went to the lake and I was so surprised to see muscles( kinda like clams). Having lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life I have cooked and eaten everything (but sea cucumbers) I caught up some of them and brought them back to the house to prepare to eat them! Well I cooked them exactly as I would cook a goeyduck, I was so excited to show off my culinary skills to my new mother in law! Well it didn’t go as planned, to say the least. Bonnie being a brave sole took a bite of the battered clam and chewed, and chewed, and chewed.... then she said to me “ is it supposed to taste like shoe leather?” So I tried it OMG it was horrible! Salt water seafood is so much better then those freshwater ones. It was my lesson from my dear mother in law that there was a reason she had never harvested them. I apologized profusely and promised when she came to our house I would prepare her and Dee a seafood feast that I would guarantee she would love. I loved her deeply.

Rick Brown

November 20, 2020

Bonnie was one of the sweetest people I've had the pleasure to know. She always treated me like one of her own. I always felt like part of the family. She is still watching over us and guiding from heaven. You'll be missed but never forgot.
Love you mom, Rick