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Bonnie Jean Emerson, 83, Casey Co., KY native (1938-2021)

Bonnie Jean Emerson of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on Monday, August 23, 2021, at Heart to Heart Hospice Center. She was 83 years old.

The funeral service will be held at NoonET on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home, 752 Campbellsville St, Liberty, KY, with Jessie Wiley officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Springs Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10amET to NoonET on Saturday, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

Born on May 1, 1938, in Casey County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Herschel Eli Wesley I and Bonnie Ponder Wesley. Bonnie graduated as the valedictorian from Middleburg High School in 1956. She then earned a Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Kentucky State College in 1960. After graduation she taught English at Liberty High School. She was also employed as an English teacher in Ohio, CA, and TX. She retired from teaching and became a real estate agent in Fort Worth, TX. She had a successful career with multiple agencies and retired from Coldwell Banker in 2011. Bonnie loved to travel and spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons, Judd (Kathleen) Emerson of Mansfield, TX and Bradley (Amy) Emerson of Lakeland, TN; a daughter, Ellen (Kendal) Ryter of Missoula, Montana; a brother, Herschel Eli (Patsy) Wesley II of Louisville; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Glenn Emerson, who passed away on January 16, 2016; and a brother, Marcus Lee Wesley.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Wesley, Patrick Wesley, Eric Smith, Brent Emerson, Brian Emerson, John Ryter, and Casey Ryter.

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Willow Springs Cemetery Fund at 495 Clear Branch Road, Liberty, KY, 42539.

Arrangements are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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Bonnie Jean Emerson, 83, Casey Co., KY native (1938-2021)

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