Saturday, October 30th, 1926 - Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
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Lena Fay Canady Bonner, 94, of Fairfield, died Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Fairfield Nursing & Rehabilitation in Fairfield.
Lena was born October 30, 1926 in Teague, Texas to parents Andrew Joshua and Izetta Loraine Johnson Canady. She graduated as valedictorian of the 1944 class of Teague High School. After graduation she worked in downtown Teague at Bendy’s. She married Carl Yates (Pete) Bonner on June 4, 1949 in Streetman, Texas and he preceded her in death on November 26, 2011.
Lena was a past President of the Fairfield P.T.A. For many years she was active in the Freestone County Genealogical Society where she served as President and worked on publishing Freestone Frontiers. She also worked as an on-call resource for the genealogy room, assisting visitors in discovering their Freestone County connections.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Verina Daniell, Maurice Holder, Jackie Patton, El Norma Day Smitherman and Ocha Strong.
Her surviving family include daughters, Susan Kennard (Charles) and Carla Bonner; four grandchildren, Melody Pine (David), Jennifer Knecht (Dwayne), John Kennard (Tia) and Karen Boyd (Nat); four great-grandchildren, Reagan Knecht, Daniel Knecht, Jocelyn Knecht and Helen Kennard; two sisters, Alice Minchew and Carol Bowers.

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  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 2:00pm
    Capps Memorial Chapel
    113 E. College
    Fairfield, Texas 75840
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    Mr. David Barnes officiating. A private interment will be held at a later date due to cemetery conditions from recent heavy rains. There will be no visitation.
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Sharon Wilson

Posted at 01:46pm
Susan and Carla, I'm so sorry about your mom. I just today found out. Although it was a long time ago, I really enjoyed working with her at Robertson's grocery. We had a good time, laughing and talking, passing the time between customers. Sharon Wood Wilson

Mike Bonner

Posted at 09:10pm
Lena Fay was a genealogist par excellence. Her ability to understand interrelationships was uncanny. She helped add much to our Bonner family history and was always willing to share. Her encouragement was invaluable. She will be remembered as a wonderfully kind lady with a cheerful outlook and an engaging smile.

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