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Bonnie McWhorter Messer Bonnie "Nonnie" Messer, an Austinite for over 70 years has gone home to be with her beloved husband, Milton "Minion" Messer, March 31, 2010 dying peacefully at her residence. Bonnie was born in Cross, Texas on September 25, 1919 - and grew up in Iola, Texas. She graduated as Salutatorian of Iola High School, class of 1936 and attended Sam Houston State University. Afterwards, while visiting her sister, Artie, who was living in Austin, Bonnie went on a blind date with Milton Messer. A year or so later, they were introduced again, by a different mutual friend. They married March 31, 1940. Bonnie helped run the family business - the Modern Supply Company - which was located at 316 N. Lamar, for over 40 years. Bonnie was blessed with many gifts and talents: she enjoyed genealogy, playing the piano (self-taught), china painting, gardening, knitting, crocheting, needle-pointing, cooking, and loved sharing her crafts as gifts for her numerous friends and relatives. Holidays, especially Christmas, were always special at Bonnie and Milton's home. Bonnie was a lifelong Texas Longhorn fan and also a member of Hyde Park Baptist church for over 30 years. Bonnie would always greet everyone she met with a quick but sincere smile; she could make friends almost instantly. Her willingness to listen and empathize with other's problems brought comfort to so many. You'd never find Bonnie resting in one spot for very long; she pioneered what we now call 'multi-tasking', always pitching in with a helping hand when work needed to be done. Bonnie led by example, encouraging her children to excel at whatever task at hand - insisting that "Any job worth doing is worth doing right!" Her sincere and genuine attention always made others feel so special. She could become unforgettable to total strangers in just a few moments of conversation. When wrapping up a visit with friends or family, Bonnie would often try to extend the conversation by saying..."Just one more thing..." She was a beloved friend to many and will never be forgotten. Bonnie is predeceased by her beloved husband, Milton Messer, her parents, J.O and Grace McWhorter, her sister Artie Fultz Davis and her brother J.O. "Mike" Mc Whorter. She is survived by: Bonnie (Cliff) Thomson, Dallas - Cookie (George) Boyd, Austin - Jay (Judy) Messer, Austin - Jerie Messer (Steve) Lukefahr, St. Louis. She is also survived by two dear sisters-in-law: Mildred Messer Eder and Jodie Bell McWhorter. Grandchildren include: Jay (Shannon)Thomson, San Francisco - Jonathan Holt, Austin - Benjamin Holt, Austin - Wes (Meredith) Boyd, Dallas- Karen Boyd (Robin) Pou, Dallas- Jay Allen Milton Messer, Austin -Jenny Messer, Austin - and Mark (Shelly) Lukefahr, St. Louis. Bonnie also is survived by 14 great grandchildren. And Huey, too. Her family wishes to extend sincere thanks to her physicians, the staff of the Heritage at Gaines Ranch, her caregivers, and her many friends and neighbors who showered her with love and support over the years. Memorials may be made to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Odyssey Hospice or a charity of your choice. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2nd at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2010 in the Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel, North Lamar with Dr. Ralph M. Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park. Obituary and guestbook available online at wcfish.com

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 2, 2010
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