Celebrating the life of Anna Durman
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Oklahoma, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at her home surrounded by her
Bonnie was born in Granite, Oklahoma on February 3, 1943 to her parents
Ardis Burl Bowen and Edna Ann (Stehr) Bowen. During her childhood Bonnie
lived in many places. She started school at Lakecreek, Ok where she remembers
picking cotton with her Grandpa Stehr. Her family then moved to Asher,
Wanette, and then Oklahoma City. They also spent some time in Wichita,
Kansas and Altura, Co. Bonnie was the 8th grade valedictorian at her
school in Altura. She started high school at a large school in Aurora,
Colorado before moving back to Asher. Bonnie was the valedictorian of the class
of 1961 from Asher High School. She went on to East Central State College in
Ada, Oklahoma. While at East Central she participated in an exchange program
where she attended college in Boston, Massachusetts for one semester. Bonnie
graduated from East Central, class of 1964 with a bachelor of science in education.
She started her elementary teaching career in Boise City, Oklahoma where she
taught for two years. While in Boise City, she met the love of her life Douglas Arnold
Durman, and they were married on May 13, 1966. They enjoyed forty-two years
of marriage together until Doug’s death in 2008. As a young married couple,
Bonnie and Doug moved to Clayton, New Mexico where Bonnie continued her
teaching career. After living in Clayton they moved to the Tulsa area where she
taught at Owasso Public Schools. In 1969 they settled in Collinsville, Oklahoma
where they bought their home to start raising their family. A few years later, Bonnie
started teaching fifth grade at Collinsville Public Schools where she taught 38 years
until she retired in 2007. Bonnie was a longtime member of the First Baptist
Church of Collinsville where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible
School. In her retirement years, Bonnie enjoyed reading, crocheting, gardening,
bird watching, shopping and going out to eat with her best friend Sharon Bean.
She also enjoyed playing dominoes and bunko with her friends. Most of all, she
treasured being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and teacher. She will truly
Preceded in death by her husband, Doug Durman; and her parents Burl
and Edna Bowen; Bonnie is survived by her three children, Angela Beryl Machado
and her husband Tim; Thomas Earl Durman; and Anthony Douglas Durman;
her brother, Dwight Bowen and his wife Jerie; her granddaughters, Tonya Layne
Durman and Alexis Marie Durman; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins,
other family members and many friends.
In Loving Memory
Bonnie Durman 1943 - 2022
2:00 pm - Monday, July 11, 2022
First Baptist Church
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