Bonnie Alice Medlinger
1928 - 2017
Bonnie Alice Medlinger, 89, died on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Services were held Saturday in the chapel at Dutton Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Watts of Wichita Falls officiating.
Bonnie was born in Iowa Park, on Feb. 4, 1928, the daughter of Charles Lawson and Mildred Carter Metz of Iowa Park. Following her graduation with honors from W. F. George High School, in 1945, she attended Midwestern University for three years before leaving to marry Jim Medlinger on Sept. 17, 1950.
Once her children were in school, Bonnie went to work for the City of Iowa Park and the Iowa Park School District. She went back to college to earn her degree, a Bachelor of Science in Education (Secondary) from Midwestern University. At the graduation ceremony, she was recognized as the 1996 Outstanding Graduate in Business Education.
In 1965, she joined the faculty at Iowa Park High School. After teaching business courses for three years, she became a world history teacher before returning to business and taking charge of vocational office education (VOE) until 1985. In 1978, she received the District 9 Business Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding work. Bonnie worked for Sheppard Field, Midwestern University, the Texhoma Fair Association, the Iowa Park Chamber of Commerce/County Tax Office, Barbour Trucking Company and Hill Motor Company. She was an accomplished pianist and organist. She played piano for Faith Mission (now Faith Baptist Church) in Iowa Park in 1955. For 20 years, she was the organist at First Baptist Church in Iowa Park. She continued playing as a church organist/pianist at First Presbyterian Church in Iowa Park, First Southern Baptist Church in Palm Springs, CA., and for RV Ministries in South Fork, CO., and Uvalde.
Bonnie never stopped playing the piano. After moving to Rolling Meadows, she frequently played for the services in the chapel (earning the nickname “Mozart”) and for events for residents.
While her greatest love was music, she was also keenly interested in travel, camping, table games, and group activities. She was a member of many organizations, including Iowa Park Music Club, 23 Study Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority, Iowa Park Organists, and Texas Retired Teachers.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2013; a son, Tim; her parents; and her sister, Charlene Metz Tate.
Survivors include two sons, Michael of Hamburg, Germany, and Rip of Iowa Park; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggest memorials be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, Faith Baptist Church of Iowa Park, Rolling Meadows Retirement Community, or to a charity of choice.