Bonnie Childress Cruse, 81, formerly of Robertsdale, Alabama, entered into the full presence of her Lord Jesus Christ on Jan. 14, 2018.
Bonnie was born in Atmore, Alabama on Sept. 16, 1936 and was raised in Robertsdale, where she graduated from Robertsdale High School.
She married Joe Childress in 1956, and raised four children with him in Kingwood, Texas, where she faithfully served at Forest Cove Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher, prayer warrior and mentor to many.
Widowed in 1986, she worked for the Humble Independent School District for 19 years until she retired in 1994.
In 2001, Bonnie and Stanley Cruse married and began their life together in Summerville, South Carolina. She was an active member of the Fellowship at Oakbrook, and she leaves a legacy of faithfulness to prayer, bible study and a genuine desire to serve the Lord.
She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Stanley Cruse; and her children, Callie Childress Jacks( Randy), Karla Childress Kahn (Charlie), Mark Childress, Stanley Cruse Jr. (Debbie) and Mark Cruse (Melissa). Bonnie was the proud Mimi to seven grandchildren, Jordan Jacks, Ben Jacks, John David Fields, Callie Fields, Camille Childress, Stanley Cruse and Mason Cruse. She is also survived by her sister, Joyce Thames Bankester of Robertsdale, her sister, Sharon Robinson (Jimmy) of Tuscaloosa; and many dearly loved nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her late husband, Joe Childress; her son, Daryl Childress; her mother, Mattie Welch; and her sister, Frances Gill.
To know Bonnie was to love Bonnie - and to be greatly loved by her in return. Her life was a ministry of sharing her love for the Lord - through warm hugs, unconditional love and a deep commitment to prayer.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at the Robertsdale United Methodist Church in Robertsdale, Alabama.
Memorials may be made in her honor to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, 611 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130.
Arrangements by Mack Funeral Home, Highway 59, Robertsdale.