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Bonnie Dudrey 1936-2014
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Bonnie Dudrey 1936-2014

STAFFORD — Bonnie Tennant Dudrey, 78, died March 20 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, in the presence of those who loved her. Born March 1, 1936, she was the daughter of Ira Weldon “Tex” and Elizabeth Hafford in Kansas City, Mo.  After completing her Associate’s Degree from Kansas City Community College she received her Home Economics degree from Kansas State University in 1958. Later that year she began her married life with Jay Richard Tennant with whom they had two children,Kevin Tennant and Janice Marie. After Jay’s death in 1972, Bonnie joined the Kansas Wheat Commission in Hutchinson as a home economist, a role she held until 1981. In January of that year, Bonnie married Carl Dudrey from St. John and moved to Stafford to establish their new home. In her 33 years as an active member of the Stafford community, she was a loving home maker and served as an office manager for Dudrey Cattle Company. In addition, she took on active roles in a number of community and philanthropic groups including PEO, Modern Homemakers and the South Central Kansas Community Foundation. She also served on boards for the Stafford Hospital and Wesley Towers in Hutchinson.
Those left with precious memories are her loving husband of 33 years, Carl Dudrey; her daughter, Janice Marie (West Chester, Penn.) and son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Karen Tennant, Dardenne Prairie, Mo.; and three grandchildren: Kyle, Kory, and Kailey Tennant. Bonnie also leaves two sisters and their families – Dorothy Cannady, Judy and Jack Wiseley, Mike and Terri Cannady, Tim and Carol Cannady, Jill and Mike Chisam, and Jennifer Wiseley.
The family has planned a service to celebrate the life of Bonnie Dudrey on Monday, March 23 at 2 p.m., to be held at the United Methodist Church in Stafford. The burial service will take place immediately following at Fairview Park Cemetery in St John. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, at Minnis Chapel in Stafford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to restore the steps of the United Methodist Church in Stafford. This will help complete a project Bonnie worked tirelessly for and continue her ministry in the community. Send donations to the United Methodist Restoration Fund c/o Minnis Chapel, 125 N Main, PO Box 247, Stafford, KS 67578.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Minnis Chapel *
125 N. Main, P.O. Box 247
Stafford, KS 67578
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 23, 2014