Delores Jean "Jean" Bodine, 86, of Bentonville, Ark., and former longtime resident of Lamar and Sedalia, Mo., passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017. She was born September 23, 1930, in Sedalia, to the late Lester Vernon Croy and Emma Fay Taylor Croy.
For 63 years she was the adoring wife of the late William T. "Bill" Bodine.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded by her sister, Pat Whitfield, and her brother, Dr. Jim Croy.
During her youth, her father's work required frequent relocation which took them to many areas of the country from Ohio to Washington state, before settling in Sedalia. Upon graduation she married Bill, the love of her life, and soon began raising her family. She was active in the Benton County Senior Center, Lamar Literary Club, teaching Bible school, as a lector in her church and was active in the Daughters of Isabella for more than 40 years. Her life truly revolved around her husband and all of her family.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Linda Croy, of Bentonville; her children, Tom Bodine (Bobbie), of Sedalia, Michele Sterrett (Creig), of Bentonville, Terry Bodine (Dorothy), of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Tim Bodine (Georgina), of Webb City, and Chris Bodine (Nancy), of Bentonville; seven granddaughters, Amara, Abby, Arielle, and Kristin Bodine, Kelsi Daniell (Craig), Heather Harrison (Zack) and Jena Sterrett; four grandsons, Andy (Casey), Alex and Zach Bodine and Will Sterrett; her great-granddaughter, Beckham Grace Bodine; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 3, from 5-7 p.m. with Rosary at 6:45 p.m. in the chapel of Rollins Funeral Home. in Rogers, Ark. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church. in Bentonville, with interment Friday, in Springfield (Mo.) Veteran's Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 200 East 17th Street, Lamar, MO 64759, or Circle of Life Hospice at Legacy Village, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762.
Arrangements are under the care of Rollins Funeral Home, in Rogers.
Published on May 2, 2017