Bonnie Eleanor Davis


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Bonnie Eleanor Davis

  • Born: 1 Mar 1907, Haddam, Washington County, Kansas
  • Marriage: James Welsey Ireland Sr. in Jan 1956 in Nebraska
  • Died: 8 Mar 1990, Benkelman, Dundy County, Nebraska at age 83
  • Buried: Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, Dundee County, Nebraska

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Obituary, Mar 1990. Eleanor (Davis) Ireland was born March 1, 1907, in Haddam, Kansas, the daughter of Robert and Lottie (Randall) Davis. Eleanor was a prominent citizen and lifetime resident of Benkelman.

Eleanor attended school in Benkelman and graduated from Benkelman High School. She then attended college in Greeley, Colorado, in preparation for teaching, which she pursued in rural schools and later years in the Benkelman Elementary system.

On December 26, 1926, she was united in marriage to John Presten Stroup and to this marriage were born three children: Kenneth, Leta and Harold. Eleanor had affectionate pride in her family and could be considered an ideal mother. She and her family lived on a farm north of Benkelman for many years. The Stroup family moved to Benkelman as the children became old enough to attend high school.

Tragedy struck the family in May of 1950 when Presten was killed in a farm accident. Eleanor overcame many hardships and struggles during this difficult period of time but dogged courage and faith in her God helped her prevail.

Fortune smiled on Eleanor when, in January 1956, she and Wesley Ireland were married. This marriage linked Eleanor to a longtime association with the Ireland's Department Store. She and Wes traveled extensively. She loved children and people and the public contact was one of her special joys.
Mr. Ireland died in 1973. Eleanor continued to operate the business for six additional years. She retired, but her enthusiasm and energy kept her busy with family, community and church activities

Eleanor is survived by: children; Kenneth and Barbara Stroup of Maywood, Nebraska; Leta and Antonio Ortiz of Denver, Colorado, and Harold and Barbara Stroup of Westminster, Colorado. Eleanor's 14 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren anda host of relatives and friends.

Eleanor was active in community affairs, especially Eastern Star and the United Presbyterian Church. Eleanor's passing leaves many to mourn her death. However, the silver lining inside the grey cloud of mourning was her love of family, dedication and caring for her many community and personal friends, but above all, her undying faith and trust in God.

Services were held Monday, March 12, 1990, at 2 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with Dr. Wanda Mindt officiating. Music was provided by Elaine Blank. Joan Barker, soloist. sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Garden."

Bearers were Merle Wallace, Willie Wall, Ike Denny, Dudley Blank, Glen Osborn and Byron Els.

Interment was in Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, NE. with committal services by Holly Chapter #233 O.E.S.


Bonnie married James Welsey Ireland Sr., son of David John Ireland and Flora Ann Mitcham, in Jan 1956 in Nebraska. (James Welsey Ireland Sr. was born on 20 Jan 1897 in Fairbury, Jefferson County, Nebraska, died on 7 Feb 1972 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona and was buried in Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, Dundee County, Nebraska.)

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