Lona “Lonnie” Mae Crain, age 95, of Lamar, Missouri passed away December 22, 2021, at Truman Healthcare in Lamar, MO.
Lonnie was born September 1, 1926 in Lamar, MO to Rector (Rex) Lee White and Leona Belle (Hartley) White. On May 29, 1955, Lonnie married Carl Wendell Crain in Los Angeles, California.
Soon after Lonnie graduated from high school, she moved to Los Angeles, California. She worked for the WWII effort in the aircraft industry in several roles such as a parts runner, clerk and accountant. She was selected to appear in a war bond promotional short film with The Marx Brothers. After the war, she used her accounting skills to work in a bank. Once she was married to Carl Crain, she embraced being a loving wife and mother who was focused on healthy living, homemade food, family events. She managed the household finances and was active at church. She took leading roles in school and other children’s activities such as Campfire Girls and boy’s outdoor groups, as well as serving as treasurer of the local PTA. Lonnie was an excellent sewer, providing many exceptional outfits and costumes for the family.
She was a member of the “Red Hat Society” and the “Blue Hatter Society”. Lonnie enjoyed reading, sewing and volunteering at church.
Survivors include one son; Robert (Bob) Crain of Falls Church, Virginia, one daughter; Lisa Crain Bergstrom of Hillsborough, New Jersey, three grandchildren; Erica Bukovac, Timothy Bergstrom and Benjamin Bergstrom and one sister; Nedra Fay Divine of Lamar, MO.
Lonnie was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother, Jesse Albert White.
Viewing for Lonnie will be held on Wednesday, December 29 and Thursday, December 30 at Daniel Funeral Home during normal business hours.
A memorial service for Lonnie will be held at a later date.
Contributions are suggested and made payable to the Barton County Senior Citizens Center in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
Condolences may be shared at www.dfhlamar.com