Bonnie Pugsley Obituary

Bonnie  Pugsley
Bonnie Pugsley

January 10, 1925 - November 7, 2020
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Bonnie Mae Pugsley, 95, died in her sleep Saturday, November 7, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and Covid 19. She is survived by her son, Donald Leigh Pugsley; a daughter, Carol Ann Pugsley; a grandson, Levin James Pugsley and his wife, Hanna and their two daughters, Clementine Claudette and Marigold. Bonnie's husband of 70 years, Edwin Robert Pugsley; and a son, David Claude Pugsley preceded her in death.

Bonnie was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Claude and Charlotte McBroom and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended Drake University majoring in the dramatic arts. She married Ed Pugsley in February 1945. After Ed graduated from Iowa State University the couple moved from Ames to Topeka, Kansas then Oskaloosa, Iowa before settling in Des Moines.

A devout Christian, Bonnie served her faith by being an Elder and a Deacon in the Presbyterian Church. Finding room in her busy life as a family parent, Bonnie volunteered for hospice work that she carried out for 16 years. Bonnie had a strong interest in Arts and Crafts, being an accomplished cross stitcher and print framer. But most of all, she was a bird watcher, who would spot birds in the field, identify them, then log in their activity in a field manual before sending all the information to a biology study conducted by Cornell University.

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, December 7 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather. The family requests no flowers or gifts but encourages cash donations in Bonnie's memory to Wesley Acres, 3520 Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50312.





Graveside Service
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Monday, December 7, 2020
2:00 PM


Wesley Acres
3520 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312