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  Bonnie Sue Owsley passed away September 14, 2023, in Salem, Arkansas, at the age of 73. She was born October 6, 1949, to John and Marie Shepherd in Salem, Arkansas.

  She was united in marriage on April 14, 1967, in Mammoth Spring to Raymond Owsley; together they celebrated 56 years of marriage. Four children were born to the union: Stephen Owsley (preceded in death), Stephanie Pierce and husband Tony, Bethanie Young and husband Dale, Thomas Owsley and wife Kim. She was blessed with 7 grandkids: Kevin Sandridge, Anthony Pierce, Kelli Young, Nikki Young, Derrick Owsley, Anna Owsley and Tucker Owsley; and one great granddaughter, Madelynn Sandridge. One sister, Wanda Carter; one uncle, Bill Shepherd; one niece, Alice Miller and husband Ben; and one nephew, Mikey Carter.

  She was preceded in death by son Stephen Owsley; her parents John and Marie Shepherd; and brother Johnny Shepherd.

  She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a lifelong member of the Mammoth Spring Church of Christ.

  Funeral services will be at 2 pm, Monday, September 18, 2023, at Carter’s Funeral home in Thayer, Missouri, with brother Barry O’Dell officiating. 

  Interment will be private. 

  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:

Children’s Home

5515 Walcott Rd

Paragould, AR 72450



  1. Pat Davis Collins
    September 15, 2023 @ 2:51 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. May God surround the family with everlasting peace and love. From the Collins family, Tommy, Pat & Thomas.


  2. Mellanie Shepherd Clay
    September 15, 2023 @ 4:56 pm

    Bonnie was the matriarch for our Shepherd family cousins. She was a gracious hostess not only for her aunts and uncles but also for her cousins after our parents passed. She was faithful to continue to host the reunions that Grandma Shepherd established. Her nine surviving cousins will miss her. The eleven who preceded her in death welcomed her into heaven.


  3. Rhonda Leslie
    September 16, 2023 @ 2:06 pm

    Your family in my thoughts and prayers. Classmate Kayleen Weatherby. Rhonda Leslie.


  4. Penny Moncrief
    September 17, 2023 @ 9:20 am

    Your family in my thoughts and prayers. Penny Moncrief.


  5. Wendell and Marolyn Ragsdale
    September 17, 2023 @ 10:43 pm

    We are saddened at the loss of such a wonderful Christian friend . She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her. Our prayers are with Raymond and his family. We wont be able to attend the funeral because we have been exposed to covid and don’t want to put anyone in danger. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.


  6. Brenda Nicholson
    September 19, 2023 @ 11:11 am

    We are thankful for the blessing sister Bonnie was to our church family. Her faithfulness was an example for us all. God bless you Raymond and all her family with peace and comfort.
    The Nicholsons,
    Lanis and Brenda


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