Wilma Rae Curry Nixson Bonner, age 61, 1804 Bird Dr., passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 4, 2013 at St. Vincent Health Center. She was born in Thomasville, Ala. on September 29, 1951, daughter of the late Jedlee Curry and Carrie Bell Grayson Curry. She was a resident of Erie for 58 years, moving to Erie as a young child with her family. She was a graduate of East High School. She was employed in the Housekeeping Dept. at St. Vincent Health Center. Wilma was a long-time member of Community Missionary Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and served in the Missionary Society and on the Usher Board. She enjoyed going to church, singing in the choir and loved good preaching and singing. She also enjoyed cooking, fishing, gardening and puzzle books. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Wilma will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, J. D. and Inez Richardson Curry; her maternal grandparents, Earl and Adline Evans Grayson; and two brothers, Calvin Michael Curry and Lloyd Milten Curry. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 17 years, John Lee Bonner; two sons, Franklin and Jerry Nixson (Stephanie) and two daughters, Agatha and Veronica Nixson, all of Erie; a brother, Dexter Curry, Jr. of Erie; a sister, Debbie Allen (Sam) of Kansas City, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one beloved aunt, Jean Crosby Brown; an uncle, Roosevelt Folkes; a special sister-in-law, Sonya Lindsey Curry; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., at Community Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 German St., and may attend a service at the church on Saturday, 11 a.m., with Rev. Dr. Gary L. Brown officiating. Interment in Lakeside Cemetery. Funeralization by House of Law Inc., Penn Hills, Pa.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 7, 2013