Bethany E. Wons

    Bethany Elaine Wons, 76, of Paw Paw, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Rose Arbor Hospice, Kalamazoo. She was born Dec. 24, 1942, in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of the late Edmond A. Slate Sr., and Durralee (Justis) Slate.
    Beth proudly served in the United States Army as a medical corpsman during the Vietnam War. Upon her return home, she did a lot of volunteer work. She was a senior companion for many years, and enjoyed keeping them company and making them smile. Beth loved bingo, card games, music, dancing any time the opportunity presented itself, and helping people. She never was much for strangers, so she befriended everyone. Beth also loved garage sales, as  she and her friends would drive around eating donuts and catching all the greatest finds.
    She is survived by her daughter, Gail Stratton; son, Leroy Wons; two grandchildren, Jedaiah Dillon Merchant and  Edward Clyde Merchant; her brother, Robert Hugo; and her sister, Edith Carolyn Johnson.
    Bethany was preceded in death by her sisters, Patricia Ann Gohman, Naomi Jean West, and Mary Ruth (Ball) Birdsall.
    The family received friends Thursday, May 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 721 Pine St., Paw Paw, where a memorial service was held at 11  a.m. with the Rev. Ronald Moritz, officiating. Bethany will be laid to rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the funeral home.


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