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November 25, 1932 - November 18, 2016
Bonnie Jean Outersky, 83, of Richmond, MO, was born on November 25, 1932, near Pomona, MO to Bert and Mildred (Caulkins) Brixey. On November 8, 1952, she married her high school sweetheart, Jerry Outersky, Jr., who died on August 6, 2015. Surviving are three children, a daughter and son-in-law Pamela A. and Geran Smith, another daughter Brenda S. Keller, and a son Frank W. Outersky. Additional survivors include three sisters, Ruby Arnold Kring of Okmulgee, OK, Catherine Cale of Norwood, MO, and Loretta Stocksick of San Jose, CA; three grandchildren and their spouses, Angela and Todd Fletcher, Aaron and Courtney Summers, and Ryan Keller; six great-grandchildren, Emily Fletcher, Jacob Fletcher, Abigail Fletcher, Logan Summers, Mia Keller, and Sierra Keller; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Bonnie was preceded in death by a sister, Annabelle Campbell; two brothers, Neal Brixey and Jack Brixey; and one grandson, Jeremy Summers.
Bonnie met her husband, Jerry, while attending Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, MO, graduating in 1952. Jerry graduated in 1949 and waited for her to also graduate while working on the family farm; they were married November 8, 1952. They celebrated 62 years together before Jerry preceded her in death. Bonnie and Jerry were lifelong farmers together, running a dairy operation until 1986. Bonnie was a housewife, a gardener, and a great cook, among other creative talents, but most of all she was a wonderful, loving mother and grandmother. She also worked for several years as the best biscuit-maker Hardees ever had in Richmond, then as a cook at the Ray County Hospital where she has been dearly missed by many of the staff members there. Bonnie also taught sign language classes in Richmond, and later at the First Baptist Church, where she was a member. Several of her students became interpreters for her and other deaf friends in the area for church services and other events.
Bonnie went to be with the Lord early on Saturday morning, November 19, 2016, just a few days short of her 84th birthday, at the NorthCare Hospice, North Kansas City Hospital, after a brave battle with cancer. No longer in pain, she will be greatly missed, with a multitude of wonderful memories, by her family and many friends.