Martha Jo Bonta

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Martha Jo Dievert Bonta, 75, died Friday, March 2, 2018.  Born in Enid, Oklahoma on July 27, 1942, she is the daughter of Clara Bell Morris Dievert and the late Floyd Dale Dievert.  She retired as the Business Manager at The Blood-Horse Magazine after 36 years.  She was a member of the Laureate Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi since 1967.  She is a graduate of  Camp Dick Robinson High School.  Martha Jo was an avid reader who loved flowers, chocolate and her grandkids and will always be remembered for her Derby parties. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Ray Bonta of Danville, two sons, James Dale (Angie) Bonta of Danville and Todd (Candace) Bonta of Edgewood, two grandsons, Nicholas and Nolan Bonta;  a sister, Shirley Dievert and a brother, Tim (Margie) Dievert and three sisters-in-law, Sue Bonta Demaras, Marilyn Bonta, Flora Bonta and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Calvary Baptist Church.   Rev. Chris Brummett will officiate.  Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be James Dale Bonta, Rick Carter, Gary Chidester, Clay Bonta, Steve Ralston, Reed Dievert and Ed Allison.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Jarboe and Don Hopper.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.  Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Visitation:  4 - 7 p.m., Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church Burial: Bellevue Cemetery

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  1. hugs and prayers to Ray and the entire family, my heart breaks for you all . Heaven gained another angel when the Lord called Martha Jo home……. such fond memories of Christmas\’s of the past when all of us gathered at Grandma Dievert\’s home . we all had a great time together. I also remember when we had the reunion at Martha Jo and Rays home back in 2003 most of us cousins were there and my mom and A Alberta was there. such a great fellowship was enjoyed by all with the family. She will be sorely missed by her family and anyone and everyone who knew her, great person and a very giving person. think of the reunion that is being enjoyed by other family members who have gone before her who greeted her at the gates. May the Lord guide and direct and comfort you all today and in the days to come. love and prayers to you all, Carol Sue McNeese

  2. Mrs Bonta was like a mom to me. I spent so much time at her house and she was always open arms for me. She truly was a great lady.

  3. Condolences to the family. Martha Jo and I graduated from Camp Dick Robinson High School together. I especially remember the long rows of lilacs blooming along a fence at her home in Garrard County. Bouquets from them decorated the stage the day we graduated. They smelled so wonderful. She will be missed.

  4. Martha Jo was my best friend in high school. We shared so much during that time and I loved her like a sister. Our paths took different directions but I never forgot our great times. Prayers for her husband and mother and all of her family. I know she will be missed.

  5. Shirley – My deepest sympathies for the loss of your beautiful Sister. She will forever be with you in your heart and watching over you always. I am thinking of you and your family and sending you all my love.

  6. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. May all of your good memories be greater than your sadness during this difficult time. (Isaiah 25:8)

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