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Gayle "Bonnie" LaVonne Spurgeon

Obituary Information

Service Details


Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

Time: 12:00(Noon)-1:00 P.M.

First United Methodist Church
Austin, Minnesota


Date: Friday, April 6, 2018

Time: 1:00 P.M.

First United Methodist Church
Austin, Minnesota


Oakwood Cemetery
Austin, Minnesota


Gayle L. “Bonnie” Spurgeon, (Bothun-Stevens) age 92 of Austin, Minnesota, died Friday, March 23, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System, Austin. Gayle LaVonne was born on February 22, 1926 in Preston, Minnesota to Alfred and Mabel (Redalen) Bothun.  She was baptized on April 29th, 1926 in the Lutheran Faith at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro, Minnesota. She enjoyed her childhood in Lanesboro. In high school she loved acting in plays, playing the lead and singing in the play "Angel", roller skating, dancing, and cheerleading. She taught Sunday School to four year olds and sang in the church choir. She graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1944. She married Lee Fredrick “Fritz” Stevens in Austin the union was blessed with four children. Fritz passed away in 1957. Bonnie later married Merle Spurgeon at The First United Methodist Church in Austin, bringing to the union two sons that she loved as her own. Merle passed away in 2005. She always enjoyed sports, you could walk in and see her watching the Vikings or the Twins. Bonnie was always smiling, had a kind word for everyone, forgave easily, and she loved sharing the wonderful things in her life.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest joy. Bonnie will be greatly missed by her family and friends, blessed be her soul. She is now dancing with both of our dads.

Bonnie had a slogan she lived by:  Look for good in people when you meet them, it is always there.

It takes strength and grace to live a memorable life such as Bonnie has.  She said with a smile” it has been a wonderful life.”

She is survived by children Dennis (Carrol) Spurgeon of Vero Beach, Florida,  Gayle (Larry) Faber of  Austin, Minnesota, Nancy Schleicher of Bondurant, Iowa, Bill (Jeanine) Stevens of Lincoln, Nebraska, Doug (Margaret) Spurgeon of Coon Rapids, Randy (Carol) Stevens.  Grandchildren, Dennis, Scott, Kimberly, Timothy, Matthew, Brenna, Brenee, Bradley, Brian, Catherine, Emily, Melissa, Justin;great-grandchildren; Ella, Caroline, Luke, Isabella, Ethan, Ashley, Mariel, Mena, Sophia, Avery, Haylee, Kaylyn, Jacob, Lukas, Ashton, Isabella, Rachel, Emily, Lauryn, Riley, Laila.  Sisters Shirley Weber, Joanne Slitter, one brother Al Bothun; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Bonnie is preceded in death by her beloved son-in-law, Tom Schleicher, her parents; and husbands Fritz Stevens and Merle Spurgeon, three brothers and eight sisters: Rosella (her godparent), Helen, Mildred, Norris, Vivian, Avery (infant), Blanche, Marcella, Virgil, Virginia, and Annabelle.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Austin with Pastor Dennis Tamke officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00(Noon)-1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to First United Methodist Church or Sacred Heart Care Center both in Austin, please direct memorial cards to Worlein Funeral Home at 1801 4th St. NW, Austin, Minnesota 55912. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

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