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Esther "Betty" Bonebrake, 96, of Georgetown, passed away at 1:32 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, at Gardenview Manor Nursing Home, Tilton, where she had lived for several years.
She was born June 15, 1920, in Georgetown, the daughter of Fred and Cora (Allen) Cornwell, both deceased.
Betty was a graduate of Georgetown High School. After graduation, she and her sisters took a train to New York with only 5 cents each to find work.
She came back to the area, and was later united in marriage to Marvin A. Bonebrake in 1942. They resided in Georgetown, and owned and operated the L&M Slaughterhouse, along with Lawrence and Mazella Kinderman from Cayuga, Ind. Betty worked at the slaughterhouse well into her 80s, and never grew tired of it.
Betty and Marvin had two children, Phyllis and Ronald. Betty had four sisters and four brothers, Eunice Hall, Ruth Gerchak, Edna Stal, Delbert Cornwell, Leslie Cornwell, George Cornwell, Francis Kiger and Frank Cornwell.
Betty was a member of First Church of Christ in Georgetown. She enjoyed mowing the yard, gardening and canning vegetables. She also enjoyed singing and yodeling. She loved watching the Cubs and "Wheel of Fortune," doing crossword puzzles and going to the Wallace 341 Opry to listen to music.
Most of all, Betty enjoyed being with her family, and took great pride in listening to her daughter play the piano and watching her granddaughters' sporting events.
Betty took one day at a time and loved the Lord. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Betty will be missed by her daughter, Phyllis Fraser of Georgetown; her grandchildren, Kimberly Fraser and Heather Fraser (Aaron Soule) Soule; her great-grandchildren, Rubyrae, Annika and Serena Fraser-Soule; her sister, Edna Stal; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; her son, Ronald Dean Bonebrake; her son-in-law, Robert A. Fraser; and her brothers and sisters, Eunice Hall, Ruth Gerchak, Delbert Cornwell, Leslie Cornwell, George Cornwell, Francis Kiger and Frank Cornwell.
The family would like to thank the nurses and CNAs at Gardenview Manor Nursing Home for their care over the years and Transitions Hospice.
A celebration of Betty's life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E. West St., Georgetown, with Phil Miller officiating. Visitation will be two hours prior to her service at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given in her name to First Church of Christ, 503 N. Main St., Georgetown. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 24, 2016
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