Cantrell Funeral Home

609 S. Walnut St., Kimball, NE


Bonnie Lee Keser

November 29, 1928February 27, 2020

Bonnie Lee Keser, age 91, passed away at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on February 27th 2020. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday March 5th, 2020 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with James Shields officiating. Interment will be in the Kimball Cemetery immediately following the services. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Kimball. Friends may visit www.cantellfh.com to view the obituary and leave condolences and stories. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given in her memory to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, 800 Southwest Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007, ATTN: Development, or to the Kimball County Manor. The services for Bonnie have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Bonnie was born November 29th, 1928 in Seminole Oklahoma to John V. Keser and Cordelia Carter Collins. Bonnie spent her first fourteen years in Oklahoma before the family moved to Carmi, Illinois in 1942, then onto Salem, Illinois in 1943 where she would later graduate from Salem Community High School. The oilfield would take the family to Midland, Texas in 1951, Sterling Colorado in 1953 and finally moving to Kimball, Nebraska in May of 1954. In 1958 Bonnie started working at the Kimball Locker Plant where she learned to be a meat cutter. After her father’s death in 1963. Bonnie, at age 34, was left to take care of her aging mother. In 1976 Bonnie went to work for the Kimball Co-op Food Store in the meat department where she would continue to work until her retirement in 1995. Following retirement, Bonnie filled her days volunteering in the community. In 1995 she was recognized for volunteer service to the Plains Historical Museum and in 2007 Bonnie and her Pekingese dog Molly were chosen Community Volunteer of the Year for their service at the Kimball Manor. She enjoyed helping with bingo, changing the monthly calendars, delivering Popcorn to the residents and helping with many other activities. Bonnie continued to volunteer at the Manor until her death. Bonnie is a devout Christian and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she taught Sunday school classes to the youth. Bonnie loved teaching children in the Church especially while in their formidable years. Although she never married or had children of her own, Bonnie shared her love with animals, particularly her Pekingese dogs.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews and many many friends in the community and surrounding area. Bonnie was preceeded in death by her father John, mother Cordelia, brother Harry, her nephews John, Ronald and Randy and her beloved Pekingese dogs Bubbles, Sassy, Molly Bee and Roni.


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Drew Webb

March 6, 2020

Bonnie was such a great example of service and loved the primary children so much. Sam often called her one of his heroes. We loved her. I hope Sam and Bonnie have a great time sharing fond memories with each other in heaven.

Teresa Peterson

March 5, 2020

Miss Bonnie, wow, what an amazing woman! She would talk your leg off and give you the best history lesson about Kimball county that you could ever ask for. A very sharp and caring lady that I will dearly miss. She knew no stranger and her love for animals, dogs in particular, is something that will be remembered. We love you Bonnie!

Christina Hundley

March 4, 2020

She was a kind soul.She was my Aunt Louise's best friend. She was always happy go lucky lots of kind words. Always smiling and willing to help anyone. She will be missed dearly. She was a amazing woman much love Ms. Bonnie. Always in my heart.

Shelly Dennis

March 4, 2020

She was a big asset to Kimball County Manor..She will be missed ❤❤

Lee & carol Burns

March 4, 2020

Bonnie was one of the sweetest lady’s we have ever known. She loved everyone and was a wonderful friend when we lived in Kimball. She always had a treat for our children when we’d go visit her and always a kind word. She was a wonderful lady.

Cynthia Michaels

March 3, 2020

Bonnie Keser was a very special woman. I first met Bonnie when she walked into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sidney, Nebraska. She loved and was dedicated to her service in the church. She held many callings but most beloved was her calling to teach the young children in Primary, which she did for many years. She rarely missed a Sunday unless it was for a very important reason. Bonnie's word was her her bond. She loved people and never knew a stranger. She was very polite in her welcome to people..Mr. and Mrs. Bonnie had a very kind heart and she found great pleasure in serving others and served for many years at the Manor. This would help fill up some of her lonely hours. We made Bonnie a part of our family. She knew our children and grandchildren and always asked about them..and rarely forgot their names. She took loving care of her mother, which we called Grandma Keser. Bonnie will be missed and Bonnie will always be our eternal friend and her example of honesty will always be remembered and the love she had for all of her puppy's..and the tender loving care they received.
Love..your friends and family..Marlin and Cynthia, Kristy, Kevin, and Kareen and their families.

Morgan Tornberg

March 3, 2020

Morgan Tornberg

March 3, 2020

Bonnie Lee Keser was born November 29, 1928, in Seminole, Oklahoma, to John Victor Keser and Cordelia Carter Collins Keser. She was raised in Oklahoma. Her family moved to Carmi, Illinois in 1942 then on to Salem, Illinois in 1943. She attended school in Salem, graduating from the eighth grade and high school at Salem Community High School. After graduation, she worked at the Illinois Brokerage.
Her father was a Cable Tool Driller so her family moved often. They moved to Midland, Texas in 1951 then to Sterling, Colorado in 1953 and then finally on to Kimball in May of 1954.
She had lived in Kimball some time before she went to work at Kimball Locker Plant for Neal and Maxine James. She started out just working on Fridays helping to dress chickens. They were so busy so she gradually started to help them process the cured meats. The bookkeeper, Melba Lacy, helped with that too. They then gave her a knife and showed her how to trim meat from the bone. She started to work full time with Gladys Sanders and Ed Hogsett. The Locker Plant had a room where people could rent lockers by the month or by the year. They slaughtered hogs, beef, did custom curing and dressed chickens. She watched Gladys and Ed as they cut meat on the power saw and asked a lot of questions. The day finally came that she could use the saw and she was so excited.
She worked at the Kimball Locker Plant for 18 years. In June of 1976 she went to work for Kimball Coop Food Store, in the meat department where she worked for many years.
Bonnie volunteered at the Kimball County Manor for over 30 years. She was awarded Volunteer of the Year from the Kimball Chamber of Commerce.
Bonnie was a very neat lady, worked incredibly hard and had dedication that is very rare to find. She was a treasure that will be missed by many.

Leslie Haug-Gilbert

March 1, 2020

I will always remember Bonnie. As a young child she would greet my mom, Wendy Haug, and my sisters in the meat department. She would give us hugs and teach us the important cuts of meat. She will be missed greatly as we always called her Grandma Bonnie. She was an endearing woman that always held a smile.