Bonnie Lou Ashford, age 73, of LaBelle, MO, died Monday, February 4, 2013, in the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO.
She was born July 13, 1939, in LaBelle, MO, the daughter of Joseph D. and Jennie Mabel Byers Hirsch. She was united in marriage to Gary Ray Ashford on January 26, 1957, at Knox City, MO and to this union three children were born.
Surviving are her three children, Teresa Kriegshauser and husband Tony of Lewistown, MO, Chris Ashford and wife Pam of Kirksville, MO, and Angela Reed and husband Robb of Prairie Village, KS, one sister Elaine Stutsman of Hannibal, MO, six grandchildren Jamie Hamilton, Shawna Kriegshauser, Michael Fry, Casey Sorensen and husband Will, Evan and Paige Reed, one great-granddaughter Taylor Hamilton, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Joanne Tungate and Mary Hines.
Bonnie graduated from LaBelle High School and from Kirksville College of Cosmetology. She was employed for over thirty years as a Beautician in the LaBelle area. Bonnie was also a sales representative for Singer and Associates in St. Louis, MO for several years. Bonnie served as Alderwoman for the City of LaBelle for several years and was a member of the LaBelle First Christian Church. She loved embroidering, sewing, knitting, cards and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2013, in the Coder Funeral Chapel in LaBelle, MO. Reverend Charles Sharpe officiated at the services. Burial was in the Newark Cemetery. Music was recorded selections and a vocal selection by Emilie Rumble. Casket bearers were Eric East, Darin Hall, D.J. Hines, Will Sorensen, Zachary Abell and Dalton Hoffman.
Memorials in memory of Bonnie Lou Ashford may be made to the Newark Cemetery. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, MO, 63447.