Enola Yvonne “Bonnie” West, age 95 years, went to live with the Lord on Sunday, December 31, 2017.
Bonnie was born May 14, 1922, to Herman Hershel Buckley and Hilda Marie Sandine Buckley in Cozad, Dawson County, Nebraska.
She attended elementary school at Pine Ridge School District 80 and graduated from Cozad High School in 1939.
At age 17, Bonnie began waitressing at the B & D Café in Cozad, then at Haps Café. In 1940, she moved to Los Angeles, California and worked as a long distance telephone operator. She continued working as an operator after moving back to Omaha in 1941, where she met the love of her life.
Bonnie married her sweetheart, William Harmon West, Jr. on December 24th, 1943, in Santa Ana, California, where Bill was stationed in the Air Force in cadet training.
Bill’s military service took them to several places in the United States, until the war ended in 1945. They then moved to Gulfport, Mississippi, for the remainder of their lives.
In 1952, Bonnie began working as a teller at Hancock Bank and retired from there in 1984, as a vice president. While working for Hancock Bank, she attended the LSU School of Banking in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For many years, she was a member of the international service organization, Altrusa Club.
Bonnie is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Euvah and Cot Stuart, and by her cherished and beloved nephews and nieces, great nephews and nieces and great great nephews and nieces.
She is predeceased by her parents, an infant sister, brothers Herschel and Richard, husband Bill and their infant son.
Visitation will be held Sunday, January 7th, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Riemann Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 8th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5007 Lawson Ave., Gulfport. Burial will follow the service at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 8910 Carl Legett Road, Gulfport. For further information, please call Riemann Funeral Home at 228-539-9800.