Bonita C. Driver
                              May 16, 1924 -- December 24, 2020

Bonita (Bonny) Catherine Landis Driver died on December 24, 2020.  She
was born May 16, 1924 in Estherville, Iowa and grew up in Alpha,
Minnesota, one of nine siblings, daughter of Noah and Ethel Garber Landis.

Bonny attended Hesston Academy in Kansas where she met her future
husband, John Driver. She completed nursing studies in 1946 at the
Mennonite Hospital School of Nursing in La Junta, Colorado. That same
year, Bonny married John and they went to Puerto Rico where she served
as a registered nurse at the Mennonite Hospital in La Plata, Puerto Rico
assisting with surgery and performing a wide range of clinical
responsibilities in the care at the hospital.

In Puerto Rico, Bonny and her husband served under the Mennonite Board
of Missions in congregations in La Plata, La Cuchilla, Palo Hincado, San
Juan and Aibonito. Bonny and John had three children. In 1967, she and
her family moved to Montevideo, Uruguay, where they served
approximately 12 years in the Mennonite Seminary. Bonny and her
husband also served alongside a number of much-loved communities in
Spain, --Madrid, Burgos, and Barcelona, including construction of a
residence for elderly in Barcelona.

Bonny made good friends everywhere she lived. She dearly loved her
husband, John, and her children and delighted in their lives. She also
delighted in her daughter-in-law, and two grandsons, and felt blessed by
the opportunity to help raise and care for them. Bonny also dearly loved  
her faith family which was large and spanned many countries.

In 1989 Bonny and John retired from the Mennonite Board of Missions to
live in Greencroft Goshen, Indiana. In retirement, she was actively involved
in East Goshen Mennonite Church and in the community, volunteering for
many years at the Depot, Maple City Health Clinic, Center for Healing and
Hope and at Greencroft. Bonny attributed the richness of her life to God’s
grace and will. She is survived by John, her husband of 74 years; her
children Cynthia (James Rempel) Driver, Fred (Joyce Meyer) Driver, and
Jonathan Driver; grandsons Daniel and Jacob; sisters Bernice Nafziger
and Vivian Murray, and brother Fred Landis. She is preceded in death by
her parents Ethel Garber, stepmother Katie Gascho, and Noah Landis, and
siblings Ruth Erb, Wilma Landis, Paul, Eldon, and Elmer. A virtual memorial
service will be held at 7:00 PM EST, January 4, 2021 by East Goshen
Mennonite Church. The link for the memorial service is https://tinyurl.
com/BonnieDriverService. The family will hold a private burial at Clinton
Union Cemetery, Goshen. Memorial gifts can be made to either of the
organizations below:
https://www.mchcc.com/en/topic/donor/index.html
https://chhclinics.org/


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From: Dave and Karen Riegsecker
Dear John, Cindy, Fred and John, Daniel and Jacob, We are thinking
and praying for you on the loss of your dear wife and mother. She had a
beautiful, gentle spirit. She will be greatly missed. Sending our love.
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From: Richard Rutschman
I don't need to say that the world is a better place thanks to Bonny. I
have many fond memories of her. Her generosity, caring and love were
always there.
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From: Marj Byler and David Rutschman
Our hearts are full with the many memories we hold of Bonny's goodness
in our lives. Marj lived with them from November '70 to late January '71;
she was present at our wedding in '71(with John and Jonny); she sat with
us in the hospital as we waited for the birth of our first son in'74. She was
one of Marj's mother's best friends until her passing in 2004. The lives of
Fred, Cindy and Jon have circled around ours and our families,
sometimes closely, others maybe not so much. We learned to love her
gentleness and kindness, as well as her sense of humor. We are grateful
that she is at peace, and hold her family in the Light with all our love.
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From: Verda Weaver
Thoughts and prayers of gratitude for Bonnies life of service . It was
always enjoyable to see her at the Center for Healing and Hope . She
always caught me up on what Cindy was doing .
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