Bonnie Lenore Nelson

February 13, 1933October 5, 2019

Bonnie Lenore Nelson (Abbas), age 86, of Raymore, MO peacefully passed away on October 5, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband Victor Nelson, her parents Ralph and Faye, daughters Victoria and Tamara, granddaughter Linsey, and her sister Frances Annabelle. Bonnie was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Young and beautiful, this is where she fell in love with her tall and handsome soulmate. The two married on February 17, 1951, just before Vic deployed with the Army. Having been born on February 13, plus Valentine’s Day, February was always a very special month for Bonnie – and she never let Vic forget it!

Vic and Bonnie were married for 68 years. While he was serving in Japan, Bonnie kept up with the home, worked at the local drug store, and stayed close with her family and friends. But upon Vic’s return, her focus turned immediately to family. She had three beautiful children: Randy, Vicki and Tammy. From then on – even though she would eventually return to work – family was her life. During countless Thanksgivings, Christmases and birthdays across half a century, you would always find Bonnie in her spotless and festively decorated home, working in the kitchen making her famous dumplings, rolls and frequently requested “porcupines.” Therefore, it is no surprise that she operated a bakery and cake decorating business out of her home. If you ever needed a cake, you called Bonnie.

Bonnie joined her husband and brother-in-law, Don Nelson, in the family-owned printing business Arrow Press. Accompanied by Joann Nelson (her sister-in-law and best friend), the foursome poured their love into their company. When the time came to sell the business and settle down in Raymore, Bonnie would spend the next two decades doting on her grandchildren. To her, every member of her fast-growing family was special. Each member of the family always felt her love. You never left without a kiss goodbye.

In later years, everyone would recall that Bonnie Nelson was one of the strongest and bravest women they knew. Yes, she survived the ‘57 Ruskin tornado – courageously seeking shelter in a flimsy hallway of her brand new home, with her arms around then-toddler Randy and weeks-old Vicki. But Bonnie’s courage and strength was so much more. Throughout lean times, setbacks, destruction, and the deaths of those closest to her, Bonnie did not complain. Instead, she comforted others. She was immediate with her love, quick with her wit, and strong in her convictions. Her gift to this world are the traits of love and compassion that she planted into the character of those around her. She truly was and is an everlasting light.

Bonnie is survived by her sister Marilyn (George) Boyle; son Randy (Rinda) Nelson; grandchildren Valerie (Derek) Mozingo, Thomas Starforth, Jeffrey Starforth, Erika Nelson, Justin (Lauren) Ginter; Stephanie (Aaron) Bronson; Stacey (Joseluis) Resendiz; and Jessica (Christopher) Nichols; 12 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and many other extended family members all over the country. And Toby G – who never left her side (or under her feet).


  • Visitation Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, October 12, 2019


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Alan and Christina Erickson

October 12, 2019

Dear family of Bonnie,
We are so sorry for your loss of both Vic and Bonnie and that we are out of town and won't be able to attend Bonnie's services. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
They were a very special couple and we were privileged to know them since we started attending Grandview. We sat in their "prime timers section" and they always made our "young family" feel welcome. When we later moved to Raymore we were able to visit them in their home off Madison, and then their new "retirement" home on one level. We loved hearing them share their joy in their kids, grandkids and great grandkids. You were all dearly loved and made them so proud!
Please take peace in the knowledge they are together with other loved ones and their Lord.
Alan and Christina Erikson

Dave May

October 12, 2019

Correction to my post.
I saw Bonnie and Vic at the 50th Ruskin Tornado event. Not the 60th.

Dave May

October 12, 2019

I meet Bonnie and Vic in 1971, when Randy and I were running around together. Since then she was always had a smile for me and something nice to say. At the 60th Ruskin Tornado Anniversary event at the high school, I saw Bonnie and Vic, and we sat at a table and must of talked for 90 minutes. The last time I saw Bonnie and said
Good bye, she gave me a kiss on the cheek.

Sharon Hardy

October 10, 2019

My first memory of Bonnie was (1971?) when Randy took me to a holiday gathering of his family. I'm not sure if she was aware he was bringing me but Bonnie was so gracious and welcoming. Whenever I would see her she always asked how I was doing & about my family, no matter how long it had been since the last time we talked. I can only hope to be half the person that she was Bonnie will be missed by all but the saving grace is she is reunited with Vic and her girls.

Kathy Eaton

October 9, 2019

My awesome memory of Mrs Nelson was with Vicki all of our elementary years plus 7th grade. Both Mr & Mrs Nelson was always there for her kids. She and Vicki will always be part of my childhood. Well Randy you are in there too. GOD bless her into heaven with the name of the father son and the holy spirit! God love her!

Kathy Eaton