obituary, Bonnie Smith

Bonnie Kay Smith, 74, of Ottawa, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City, Kansas.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Hope Cemetery, Ottawa. The family suggests memorial contributions to Franklin County Cancer Foundation or Prairie Paws Animal Shelter c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067.  Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Bonnie’s Tribute Wall at

Bonnie was born October 9, 1946, in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Cecil and Ella (Curlee) McArdle.

She was a lifelong Ottawa resident, graduating from Ottawa High School with the class of 1964. Bonnie later graduated from Cosmetology School in Topeka receiving a Board of Cosmetology license.

Bonnie was united in marriage to Michael Ray Smith, Dec. 21, 1982, at Ottawa. They were happily married 38 years.

She was a beautician for nearly 30 years. She became the owner/operator of Bonnie’s Beauty Boutique, later known as Bonnie’s Hair Styling, in Ottawa, from the 1970s to 1980s.

Bonnie was a member of Ottawa Church of the Nazarene. Her hobbies included gardening, artwork, and cooking. Bonnie enjoyed her dogs and cats and loved being with her family and grandchildren.    

She was preceded in death by her son, Joshua Michael Smith; parents, Cecil and Ella McArdle; brother, Marvin Lee McArdle, and sister, Donna Hartson.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Ray Smith, of Ottawa; three children, Shelly (Rick) Warner, of Wichita; Randy (Amanda) White, of Shawnee, Kansas; Caitlin Rae Smith, of Ottawa; two siblings, Charlene Powers, of Littleton, Colorado; Bud (Glenda) McArdle, of Rogers, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Samantha Willhite, Brianna Garten, Mallory Iniguez, Joseph Willhite, and Taylor Brown; and eight great-grandchildren.

Posted online on January 11, 2021