January 24, 1937 - November 18, 2021
Bonnie Wuerflein, 84, took the jet way and boarded her homebound flight to Heaven on Thursday, November 18, 2021. A visitation will be from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sunday November 28, 2021, in the Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South, Abilene, Texas. A funeral service will follow the visitation to begin at 5:00 PM. Immediately following the funeral service there will be a bon voyage party (celebration of life) held in the Elmwood Funeral Home Family Center in true Bonnie fashion. Burial service will take place at 1:00 PM on Monday, November 29, 2021, in Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery, 7457 W. Lake Rd., Abilene, TX, 79601.
Bonnie was born January 24, 1937, in Wheeler, Texas, to Jesse and Curtis Moore. As a girl Bonnie grew up on a farm seven miles East of Wheeler. Of course, part of growing up on the farm meant having a garden. As such, shelling peas and shucking corn was a task shared with her momma and sisters. This activity was eventually a part of her daughter’s trips in the summer to visit their grandparents. Her love for travel began at an early age as her parents would take two weeks off during the summer to travel the United States with their four daughters. Her parents valued a well rounded education and travel was a part of that education. Bonnie’s first career was as a secretary at various businesses in Borger, Oklahoma City, and Fallbrook, California. At the age of 31 Bonnie went to college in Canyon, TX, at WTSU (now WTAMU) and received her bachelors in Spanish. She became a teacher in 1973, taking her first teaching position in Hereford, TX. In March of 1974 she met the love of her life Edward Wuerflein, and the two were married on January 10, 1975. Bonnie and Edward shared the love of travel, and the couple traveled Europe, Mexico, and South America. She loved to open her home and entertain family, friends, and her students. Her menu would always include coffee, hot tea, wine, cheese, butter, and salt. Conversation with visitors most likely included faith, language, and travel. As she would often say, “Living is learning and learning is living”, as well as “The more you know, the more you know!” A delight for her was to make tiny flower arrangements on her kitchen window, as well as have fresh flowers throughout the house. More than anything Bonnie loved Jesus and raised her family with the hope and assurance of eternal life. To describe Bonnie (GranBonnie, Bon Bon, Wuerfy) would be pure love in action at all times. Her legacy of love, travel, and Jesus will be one that is carried on through generations to come.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Margaret Pendleton.
Bonnie is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Edward Wuerflein; her three daughters, Melinda Earl and husband John, Anjani Cole, and Jessica Pietsek and husband Seth; her grandchildren, Tyson Earl, Ethan Earl, Carson Cole, Currian Cole, Jaxon Pietsek, Hudson Pietsek, and Sofia Pietsek; two sisters, Eileen Huyck, and Nancy Schilling; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and Spanish students.