Long Time Fair Volunteer Passes Away

It is with a heavy heart that we inform our fair family that longtime Hardin County Fair Supporter and Volunteer Bonnie McBride has passed away. Bonnie contributed to the 4-H, Extension, and Agricultural Education, and FFA communities in addition to the fair. She could be found handling paperwork in the show arena office during the week of the fair, and helping to clerk the annual consignment sale.

Bonnie Lou McBride, 79, of Kenton
Services for Bonnie Lou McBride will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Walnut Grove Church with Pastor Doug Flinn officiating. Burial will follow at Dunkirk Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Price – McElroy Funeral Home in Kenton.

She died at 9:48 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018 at St.Ritas Hospital in Lima. She was born on July 11, 1938 in Kenton, to the late Kenneth and Marguerite (Willeke) Ault. On December 27, 1957 she married Robert McBride and he survives in Kenton.

Also surviving are 3 sons; Jack McBride of Ada, Jerry (Jayna) McBride of Dola and Jim (Joan) McBride of Ada. 1 sister Marilyn Bassler of West Alexander, Ohio. 1 brother; James (Shirley) Ault of Tulsa, Oklahoma. 8 Grandchildren; Kara and Kaitlyn McBride, Josh, Jason (Courtney) and Justin McBride, Matt (Malary), Grant and Will McBride. 2 Great-Grandchildren; Jackson and Macie. Numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother in law; Rev. Herman Bassler and an infant daughter; Julie Ann McBride.

Bonnie was the valedictorian of her graduating class of 1956 at Hardin Northern High School. She attended Walnut Grove Church where she was the choir director, treasurer and was involved with numerous church committees. Bonnie also was a 4-H advisor for 32 years for the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes and Meryleres, as well as serving in the extension office. She was a member of the Babes to Bows Mothers Club, Farm Bureau, a Lifetime FFA Alumni, a Past President of the United Way. Bonnie also served on the Antiques committee at the Hardin County Fair, was a charter member of the Ohio Studebaker Club, was a  Office Manager at the Hardin County Council of Aging and Past President, Vice president, Secretary of the Ohio Vo Ag Teachers Auxiliary. Bonnie ran the concessions at Hardin Northern Schools for various events and was a kindergarten teachers aid for a number of years.
She loved attending her grandchildren’s sport activities, and attending the Hardin County Fair. She enjoyed camping and traveling, collecting pig memorabilia and liked Studebakers. She loved to mow the grass and work in the garden. Farming was always a part of Bonnie’s life and she was always lending a helping hand and making sure everybody was fed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Walnut Grove Church, Hardin County Fair Foundation or the Helen Terrill Hardin Co 4-H Foundation.

Condolences can be left for the family here.