WAMEGO – Vonneta “Bonnie” J. Quinn, 91, of Wamego, KS, passed away Thursday, April 25,
2019 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan, KS, after a brief illness.
On January 21, 1928, Bonnie, was born in Stockdale (Riley Cty.), KS, to Ross William and
Leona Elizabeth (Willis) Davenport in the home. She was united in marriage to William “Bill”
Peter Quinn of St. George, KS, on May 10, 1948 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in
Manhattan. They made their home in St. George, KS, where they lived until Bill passed away on
May 17, 1983 after 35 years of marriage. Bonnie was a homemaker raising their nine children.
Bonnie later moved to Wamego where she joined the Widows to Widows group, spent time at
the Senior Citizen Center, and attended St. Bernard Catholic Church. Several years later she
moved into Vintage Park Assisted Living where she was known as the ‘Hat Lady’.
Some of her fondest memories were traveling to visit family in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma,
Missouri, Maine, Colorado, and more recent, a trip to Branson with her daughters. Those trips
led her to cross the Mississippi River and seeing the mountains for the first time. She also
enjoyed family camping excursions to Tuttle Creek Lake. It was very important to Bonnie and
Bill to raise their children to be good human beings. She was proud to give birth to her children
and seeing them through their many milestones. Learning to drive at the age of 58 was another
Being the youngest of 10 children, she was very proud of her five brothers who served in the
Navy during World War II, including Lloyd, who had a building named after him at K-State for
his many years of service. The oldest, Everette, stayed state side during the war working for the
Government selecting wood from the Oregon forests for warship construction. Her brother Leo
didn’t return, missing in action. Bonnie worked as a nurse’s aide during the war at Ft. Riley, and
then Manhattan, before her nuptials.
Bonnie is survived by 8 children: Karen Kathleen Collins, Cheri Colleen Ubel (Delbert), Judy
Joan Jones (DeWayne), Michael Malloy Quinn (Jeanne), Cynthia Collette Chase (Dave), Carmel
Candace Quinn, Angela Annette Bruce (Wayne), and William Warren Quinn; 30 grandchildren,
53 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, one sister-in-law, Frances Quinn; and many
nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by a son, James Jarae Quinn; her brothers, Everette Davenport
(Laura), Gilbert Davenport (Elnora), Leo Davenport, Lloyd Davenport (Marilyn), Ross “Bill”
Davenport (Norma), and Warren Davenport (Peggy); three sisters, Alberta DeVoe (Dick), Violet
Oppenlander (Norman), and Ruby Threewitt (Melvern); three brother-in-laws, Tom Quinn, Jerry
Quinn (Elsie), and Jack Quinn; and several nieces and nephews.
Rosary will be held at 10:00 a.m. with a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30
a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, KS. Private
inurnment will take place at a later date in the St. George Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the
family has suggested to Disabled Veterans, Public Broadcast Service, and the Good Shepherd
Hospice House, and may be left in care of Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego, PO Box 48, 66547.
Online condolences may also be left at www.stewartfuneralhomes.com.