Mary "Bonita" Barfield
1946 - 2020
BARFIELD, Mary "Bonita"

74, of Sahuarita, AZ, peacefully passed from this world to her eternal home on October 15, 2020 in her home surrounded by family. She was a wonderful wife and soul mate, a fantastic mother and the best "Grammy" to both her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be a "Celebration of Life" Service on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. It will be held at Green Valley Baptist Church located at 1111 N La Cañada Dr., Green Valley, AZ 85614. The time will be 2:00 p.m. AZ time. The service will all also be streamed and recorded. You can view the service at This service will be limited because of COVID precautions. Social distancing and masks will be required.

Bonita was born in Broken Bow, OK on March 18, 1946 to parents, John L and Winona "Inez" Smith. She married the love of her life and best friend, Larry Barfield, on May 28, 1966 in Phoenix, AZ. Their lives and marriage were based on their faith in Jesus Christ from their first date until her last breath. Bonita worked for 30 years, to the day, for Tucson Newspapers. She enjoyed retirement for many years with her husband Larry. For 20+ years, Bonita and Larry were very involved at "Casas Church" serving in the children's ministry loving and caring for babies and toddlers on Sundays. Bonita loved playing the clarinet in the Casas Church Orchestra during those years. In 2007, Bonita and Larry moved to Sahuarita, AZ to help start "Common Ground Church Sahuarita". She is lovingly called the "Matriarch" of the church. One of the phrases that Bonita was heard saying regularly at the church, on social media, and frankly to anyone who would listen was, "We serve an AWESOME God." Bonita also had a nickname that she loved and was very proud of. She was called "Mrs. Coach". For 40 years her husband Larry coached multiple sports for Flowing Wells Jr High and High School, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, Sahuarita High School and Walden Grove High School. While her husband Larry was on the sideline coaching, Bonita would faithfully be in the stands cheering on her husband and yelling words of encouragement to generations of young athletes.

Bonita is preceded in death by her father and mother, John L and Winona "Inez" Smith and father and mother-in-law, Bennie "Sport" and Lois Barfield.

Bonita is survived by her partner in marriage of 54 years, Larry Barfield. Her two children and their spouses, Ben and Jill Barfield, as well as BoLynda and Steve Masseth. Bonita is also survived by her sister, Junelle Smith and her brother and his wife, John and Vivian Smith. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren, Ashley and her husband James Toussaint, Brandon and his wife Michaela Barfield, Daniel Masseth, Brittany Barfield and Zackary Barfield. Lastly, she was so proud of her new great-grandchildren, Archer Barfield and Jeremiah Toussaint.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in memory of Bonita by mailing a check to the "Arizona Southern Baptist Convention" at 12801 N 28th Dr #1, Phoenix, AZ 85029. Or online at These donations will be used to start new churches in Arizona, North America and around the world. Arrangements by OASIS CREMATION AND FUNERAL CARE.

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Published by Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 25, 2020.
Celebration of Life
Green Valley Baptist Church
1111 N La Cañada Dr., Green Valley, Arizona
Funeral services provided by:
Oasis Cremation & Funeral Care
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Bonita your infectious smile, attitude, and kindness will be dearly missed. Thank you for inviting us into your lives and making us feel part of your family. Larry, Ben, Jill, and family our prayers and condolences are with you all and I know her memory and love will be with you all always. Till you see her again. God Bless.
Anna Angulo and Clarissa Jimenez
October 30, 2020
I remember Bonita fondly. She was a pleasure to work with and a real asset to the TNI newspapers. Bonita was friendly and professional and a big contributor to any "team" she worked on.
David Skog
October 28, 2020
My grandma could light up a room in an instant and would bring joy to everyone she encountered. I loved watching that- her infectious personality and genuinely caring heart. I want to be like my grandma. My life won´t be the same without her, but thank you Lord that I have the most fond memories to carry with me forever and the unfathomable joy and comfort in knowing that I´ll get to see my grammy again and rejoice with her together in our Lord.
Brittany Barfield
October 28, 2020
Larry i'm so sorry for your loss! I always enjoyed our visits when you two came to Oklahoma.
October 28, 2020
Aunt Bonita truly represented her name, Beautiful!!! She will truly be missed, but she has left us all a great legacy of loving God with your whole being!!! She was a light for Christ!!! Thank you for the life you lived for Christ and your family!!!
Traci Barnett
October 27, 2020
We had the privilege of serving on the leadership team at Common Ground Church. Bonita was just a joy to be around whether in a church meeting, a neighborhood picnic, or just hanging out. I always felt Larry and Bonita were the greatest example of how two become one in marriage. They teamed up exactly the way God intended it. Bonita was kind and quick to help anyone in need. She will be so missed by so many!
Brice Elliott
October 27, 2020
Bonita is and will always be alive in our minds and hearts. I so vividly remember celebrating your anniversary in Hawaii with a cookie cake we made shaped in a heart. Hugs Larry.
Zo and Bob Beck
October 26, 2020
Bonita was my little sister. I remember sharing a bedroom, being the big sister and as we grew, we became the best of friends. She would always turn our talks back to God. While I was in East Asia, she would call my adult children and let me know how they were doing. I remember the mission trip to Mexico with the orchestra. In January and February this year, we had a wonderful time together while attending the Gospel concerts, going to choir practice, and just sitting around and talking. Bonita loved our Lord, and her family! There were many blessings to share with her and I look forward to seeing her again in our eternal home.
Junelle Smith
October 26, 2020
Larry and Family sorry for your loss. She was a very great person she help me a lot with keeping me calm. I know she will be missed. Praying for you and your family
Harold Munford
October 26, 2020
I have many fond memories of working with Bonita At TNI. You taught me so much about Advertising and the newspaper business. It was a pleasure to have been a part of your path! May the Perpetual Light Shine Upon you just like your beautiful smile!!
Elaine Encinas
October 26, 2020
Mom, You were always there for me! You taught me how to be a godly mom and wife. You made me laugh and your smile brightened the room. I will miss hearing your voice, getting advice and seeing your smile. Thank you for telling me about Jesus and for being a godly example. I miss you so much!
BoLynda Masseth
October 26, 2020
So many memories! Hours and hours at sports park watching the guys play softball, hanging out at your house after church. You both babysitting our new baby so we could have a night out. Such great memories with great friends! We love you larry! Hugs to you all as you say so long for now to Bonita, but how great is it to know we will all see her soon!
Mike and Sheri Foreman
October 25, 2020
Bonita was the first person I met from church. She got me involved with the senior group and help with greeting. I will miss her smiling face and warm personality.
Sandi Wiley
October 25, 2020
I remember Bonita and I working VBS registration and her and I started to talk in a Scottish accent ! It was my favorite memory of us acting silly!! She was such a light and brought joy to everyone I will miss her !!
Evelyn Dionisio
October 25, 2020
It was an honor to serve with Bonita and Larry during their Casas Preschool Ministry days I remember sharing many Krispy Kreme doughnuts before the children would arrive on Sundays. Sonya and I are praying for Larry and the family.
Lee Engbretson
October 25, 2020
Bonita was a beautiful lady. She always had a sweet and kind greeting to everyone she encountered. Her ability to show those around her the love of Christ was a blessing to see and receive. She was always friendly and cheerful. We loved serving Jesus with Mrs. Bonita. She was a wonderful role model and Christian witness. We will miss her and her beautiful walk with Christ.
David and Stephanie Taylor
October 25, 2020
She was a special lady . We had so much fun at the Bible studies together . She had a huge heart . I thought of her often after we left Az I am so sorry for the loss but know she will be happy in heaven watching over everyone .
Nola and doug holmes
October 25, 2020
Just knowing Ben tells me everything about her and the family. What an incredible life of love and service. Home at last! We are all praying for the family during this time of grief.
Jimmie Davidson
October 24, 2020
I have heard Bonita say many times "We serve a Awesome God" and we do. She often called me here in Texas and told me about Larry and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a special person and example to all who knew her and her witness for our Lord and Savior. There are hard days ahead but always remember God will never leave or forsake each of you. Love to all of you. Lean on HIM.
Carolyn Barfield
October 24, 2020
a loved one
October 24, 2020
I remember the times of playing clarinet in orchestra with her. She was always positive and loved serving the Lord with music.
Teresa Irwin
October 24, 2020
Bonita was my partner in crime in Tucson Arizona and she and Larry my right hand when teaching Preschool Choir for several years at Casas Adobes. She and Larry also became adopted uncle and aunt to my boys since all our family lived in Texas. She was loved dearly by our family and will missed.
Linda Raeke Godsey
October 24, 2020
My favorite memory of Bonita is when she smiled at me in the Casas orchestra. What a faithful, lovely woman!
Julie Barrier
October 24, 2020
A beautiful legacy of a beautiful, supportive, and serving wife and mother. Bonita touched many lives and hearts. Heaven gained an angel to watch over those left behind. Prayers to all the hearts that are feeling her loss at this time.
Julie Wright Henton
October 24, 2020
I´m so glad that I was able to meet her. She was such a sweet, Godly lady. Prayers
Timothy Mitchell
October 24, 2020
Thank you for sharing your amazing and beautiful mom, wife, grandmother, sister, and great grandmother with the world. Our community and especially my school are simply much better and stronger because of it. I can still vividly picture Mrs. Barfield in our library helping to host our Beginning of the Year Luncheon each of the past eight years. Always greeting me with a smile and a blessing; truly reminding me that as a community, and with God, all things are possible. An honor to know her and to help keep her blessed memory alive.
Darlene Robinson
October 24, 2020
She will be greatly missed. I remember her well from my years in Tucson.
Mike Morris
October 24, 2020
Such a great story of her life. I can hear her call me "Bethie" still. She is missed but so grateful for the legacy she and Uncle Larry have left us of 54 years and a long life of service to our King and Lord Jesus.
Beth Ellen Hancock
October 24, 2020
My condolences to your family for the passing of your sweet wife and mother. Bonita was always so kind to me when I was in high school with her kids. she welcomed me into her home on a few occasions and I was glad to to be friend s with both of her children; who were both good kids; kind and well liked. May you all have peace that surpasseth understanding at this time, and may the healing love of Christ fill your hearts.
Tonya Barnett
October 24, 2020
We love all the Barfield´s so very much. It was my honor to love and serve with Bonita. Such an amazing lady. This picture was taken the last time I got to spend time with Bonita. A few of us church ladies went to watch the Ludwick kids in a musical.
Jamie Karr
October 24, 2020
Mrs Barfield you did more for our youth and helped them in more ways than I can count. Your legacy lives on in each one of them. Thank you seems not nearly enough
Robin Keller
October 23, 2020
Mom!! Love you and I already miss you so much!! A lot of who I am comes from you! I am proud to be your son and I will try to honor you. You used to always say, "Remember whose you are." I will mom!! I will!!
Ben Barfield
October 23, 2020