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D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Bernita "Bonnie" O. Shelton

August 12, 1918June 18, 2020
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Bernita "Bonnie" Shelton, 101, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020. She was born to the late Peter Max and Olive C. (Lomax) Baker on August 12, 1918 in Troy, IN. She graduated from Central High School in Evansville, IN and Lockyear's Business College. She was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Bonnie was a Staff Sargent in the second division of the eighth Air Force based in England during WWII. She was an assistant section chief in the intelligence division. After returning home, she was a receptionist and bookkeeper for Sky Services in Evansville, IN and was believed to be the first or one of the first women to complete flight training in the city and was certified as a pilot. She attended the University of California Berkeley on the GI Bill. On January 19, 1952 she married the late Arthur M. Shelton. In her later years, she was a volunteer at St. Joe Hospital for 20 years retiring at the age of 94. Bonnie was proud to be on one of the early Honor Flights.

Bonnie is survived by her children, Kerry (Susie) Shelton, Kathy Shelton, Kris Beam, Dean (Donna) Shelton; grandchildren, David, Jonathan, Rebekah, Audra, Kevin, Brian, and Hailey; great-grandchildren, Oliver and Eloise; and brother, James Baker.

Funeral service will be on Facebook Livestream Friday, July 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm. To view her funeral service live please visit www.FaceBook.com/CovingtonKnolls. Burial will be in Peoria, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 1315 Directors Row #210 Fort Wayne, IN 46808 and the Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, PO Box 5 Huntertown, IN 46708.

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  • Honor Flight Northeast Indiana

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  • Funeral Service via Facebook Livestream

    Friday, July 3, 2020

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Patti Massucci

July 3, 2020

Kerry, Kathy, Kris and family,
Thank you for sharing Bonnie's service on line so that I can be a part of it. You are all in my thought and prayers as you learn to navigate without her. I have been blessed to have Bonnie in my life, and I will definitely miss her. I was happy to celebrate her 100th birthday with you at the facility. You seemed surprised that I would drive out there on a day I wasn't working in therapy, but that is just a small indication of how much she influenced me. Blessings to you all, and thank you for sharing her with us.

Tamra Berning

June 28, 2020

I had the privilege of being Bonnie's guardian on the Honor Flight. While only knowing her for one day, I felt I had made a lifelong friend. I thoroughly enjoyed our day together, and cherish the memories we made. My sincere sympathies to the family.

Colleen Ward

June 24, 2020

No sad thoughts for dear Bonnie going HOME, loved ones! I feel so blessed to have called her "friend" for so many years, beginning as YWCA pool buddies so long ago. She was such a delight to everyone she met with her beautiful smile and fun stories galore. I can't cry because she's gone, for smiling that she WAS. :-) May the multitude of happy memories you shared with her soften the grief and sorrow you are feeling at this time, and the treasured memories bless every day of your lives. In Sincere Sympathy, Love & Prayers, Colleen Ward

Ed and Kathy Masloob

June 24, 2020

Our favorite memory occurred a few years ago. We were dropping off a friend at the same nursing home that Bonnie lived. There was Bonnie walking around the grounds in a startling, beautiful red dress with matching bows in her hair. She looked stunning at 90- something years. I asked my friend if he knew Bonnie. He said, "Everybody knows Bonnie. She gets around!"
Bonnie was sure fun to be around and talk to. She always had something to say.
Comfort and prayers to the family.

Ed and Kathy Masloob

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