BONAR, Mary Jean Riggs

BONAR, Mary Jean Riggs, 86, of Shadyside, Ohio, died Sunday, February 16, 2014 in the Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia.

She was born on October 5, 1927 in Dallas, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Harry Dague Riggs and Mildred Howard Riggs.

She grew up on the family dairy farm on Sand Hill near Dallas, West Virginia. She was salutatorian of her graduating class of 1944 at Sherrard High School. Mary Jean earned her registered nursing degree from Ohio Valley General Hospital in 1947 through the Women’s Army Nursing Cadet Corps. After working as a nurse for a short time, she chose to be a homemaker.

She was a member of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Shadyside, Ohio, where she served as the Sunday school superintendant for several years. She was a deaconess and served on several committees.

She belonged to the Sew-n-Sew Quilters of Shadyside, the Bloomin Red Hats of Shadyside, former Eastern Star Chapter 581 and the White Shrine of Jerusalem.

She loved to make quilts and wall hangings for her children and grandchildren, enjoyed bowling and bowled on two leagues, Sunshine Girls at Martins Ferry and Gutter Girls at Shadyside.

Mary Jean loved traveling with her late husband, Jack, relaxing at the beach with her family, and attending the athletic events of her children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the evenings.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jack Edward Bonar on October 30, 1998; and a sister, Donna Riggs on November 20, 1990.

Surviving are her children: Harry (Gretchen) Bonar, Mark (Kathy) Bonar, Lynne (Jay) Johnson, Gregg (Rosemary) Bonar, Lee (Randy) Trimble and Lori Bonar, all of Shadyside, Ohio; her brother, William (Jackie) Riggs of Camarillo, CA; two sisters, Linda (Tom) Richey of Monongahela, PA, and Ellen (Adolph) Niedermeyer of Morgantown, WV; 18 grandchildren: Jack Bonar, Court Bonar, Brooke Bonar, Glenn Bonar, Bart Bonar, Marci (Adam) Quirk, Karli Bonar, Jayson (Bri) Johnson, Jillian (Nick) Ongley, Jenna (Michael) Coyne, Jaclyn Johnson, Marybeth (Neal) Bell, Carrie Bonar, David Bonar, Kraig Kubancik, Kody Kubancik, Kameron Kubancik and Bethany Bonar; and 10 great grandchildren: Brylee Bonar, Kane Kidd, Kallyn Perks, Emilya Perks, Jayden Johnson, Jaylynne Johnson, Jayanna Johnson, Ace Ongley, Easton Ongley and Quinn Coyne.

Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, 3900 Central Ave., Shadyside, Ohio, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. with Pastor Eric white officiating. Interment in the Greenwood Cemetery in Bellaire, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shadyside First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 75 East 39th St., Shadyside, OH 43947.

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