Obituary: Wanda Bonham

Wanda Bonham was born Wanda Sue Roush on Nov. 8, 1932, along with her twin sister, Wilma Lou Roush, in Morrill. Wanda and Wilma attended Ottawa University, graduating with Majors in Music. Both went on to teaching careers in the public school systems. Wanda later earned a Masters degree from Webster University. 

Wanda’s first years of teaching were in Horton, where she met her husband, Dyce Bonham. They were married May 29, 1955. Wanda taught music for 40 years, starting in Horton, later Osawatomie, Stanley and finally Olathe, retiring in the early 1990s. 

Wanda was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Olathe where she sang in the choir for five decades and was supply organist. She later sang at the Community Covenant Church in that choir. 

Wanda was very active in the community. She was also a trustee of the Olathe Community Hospital when the institution purchased the land in 1988, and began its major expansions. 

In politics, Wanda was Republican Committee woman and campaigned for Bob Dole in his race for U.S. Senate and Fred Allenbrand as Johnson County Sheriff. 

She was a member of FL Chapter of PEO and member of the Culture Class which was chartered by her great-great aunt.

The family wishes to extend its love and appreciation to Wanda’s caregivers, Bobbi Davidson, Michelle Fleming and Amber Duensing for their loving care and attention to Wanda these past two years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Ruth Roush of Morrill; a baby sister, Juanita Roush; brothers Merle Roush, Marion Roush, Vernon Roush and Samuel Roush; niece Roxane (Roush) Robinson; and nephew, Charles Roush.

She is survived by her husband, Dyce Bonham; two sons, Kent Bonham and Todd Bonham, both of Olathe; sister, Wilma Lehmann; brother in-law, Robert Lehmann; nieces and nephews, Kay Howerton, Mary Jo Roush, Pam Bradford, Kirk Lehmann, Daniel Lehmann, Eldon Roush, Jane Sunderland, Mary Kay Howard, Gini Held, Patricia Moss, Bill Bonham, Nancy Lee and Celeste Bonham; many great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great niece.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Mid-America Church of the Nazarene (College Church), located at 2020 E. Sheridan, in Olathe, Kansas 66062. A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at the Old Olathe Cemetery.

The Sabetha Herald 12/15/2021

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