The dash between those dates had a lot of different kinds of days for Bonnie. Happy, fun days and walking by faith, tough days. Altha Levon was always called Bonnie because her sister couldn't say Altha and called her Abonn. Bonnie was the third child born to Thomas Robert and Ruth Low (Ferguson) Justus. She had two older siblings: brother Ken and sister Twyla. Bonnie was born in Oklahoma and shortly thereafter the family moved to Colorado. Three more children were added to the family – Dorthy, David, and Zella. The family lived on a small 10-acre farm for a number of years, around Rocky Ford, Colorado. Her father was a preacher and her mother was a wonderful 'prayer warrior'. Church and serving the Lord were the most important part of the family. At about age 13 Bonnie became the church pianist, she loved music and had a natural talent for it. Bonnie met John Cude at school in about the 6th grade. The Cude's also attended the same church. John and Bonnie 'fell in love' and were married when Bonnie was only 16 years old, on September 4th, 1942. Shortly after their marriage John was drafted into the Army during World War II. He was sent overseas and saw 83 days of hand-to-hand combat in France under General George Patton. John was wounded in his right hand and arm so he was shipped back to the United States and, after several surgeries, he was honorably discharged. Bonnie and John, along with Bonnie's sister Twyla and her husband Harold Proaps, moved to Albany, Oregon. They worked as carpenters and eventually John started a construction business. John spent many years as a contractor in the Albany area. John passed on June 21st, 2004. Bonnie and John had two children, a daughter Joy Denise and a son John David. Joy passed on November 14th, 2015. Joy was married to Richard Mullinax and they have two children: Tressa York and Jeff Cowan. John has a son Merle Cude and a daughter Joni Cude. There are several great-grandchildren. Over the years Bonnie and John were very active at Albany First Assembly of God (now Hope Church) and Jefferson Assembly of God (now Abundant Life Center) in the youth group, music department, missions, and many other areas. For many years Bonnie lead the church offering counting team, she and Loyd Forsman made many shut-in visitations, but Bonnie's greatest contribution (as was mentioned about her mother Ruth) is that she was a 'prayer warrior'. Bonnie was so faithful to her family, friends, church, and Lord so we know that she has heard the words of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 'Well done my good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much, enter into the joy of your Master'. Well done Bonnie, well done.
Any memorial contributions can be made to Hope Church and will be designated for the First Family Builders mission fund that helps support mission trips. John and Bonnie were huge supporters of missions and sending teams around the world to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Bonnie's funeral service will be Wednesday, February 15th at 10:00 am at Hope Church (formerly Albany First Assembly of God). A reception will follow.