Bonnie Jean Buescher

COLUMBIA — Bonnie Jean Buescher is remembered as selfless and high-spirited.

She was always willing to lend a helping hand, no matter what the task, her granddaughter, Lisa Banegas, said.

“She made it her business to help people,” Banegas said. “I don’t think she had a selfish bone in her body. She was the type of person that no matter what was going on, nothing broke her spirit.”

Bonnie Jean Buescher of Columbia died Friday, May 20, 2011. She was 84.

She was born Oct. 6, 1926, in Ashland to Walter and Jewell (Martin) Garrett.

She married Clarence Bueschner on Nov. 14, 1946. The couple had one daughter.

As a young woman, Mrs. Buescher worked as a beautician at House Beautiful Beauty Shop in Columbia. Banegas said she was widely recognized and a popular beautician.

Over the course of several years, Mrs. Buescher worked at Columbia Insurance and Columbia Auto Parts doing bookkeeping. She later worked and retired from Wolcott Water Systems as their bookkeeper. Banegas said it was a great job for her because she was extremely organized and good with numbers.

She enjoyed antiquing, and she collected toothpick holders. She also collected dolls for many years. She helped her only granddaughter, Banegas, start her own doll collection when Banegas was 8 years old.

Mrs. Buescher also liked to spend her time crocheting. She crocheted a variety of items, including doilies and blankets. Even with arthritis in her hands, Banegas said she was never idle.

Every year at Christmas, Mrs. Buescher put her crafting skills to work. She made many of the Christmas decorations in her home. Banegas said all of Mrs. Buescher’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren had their own personalized stockings, complete with sequins and velvet.

Mrs. Buescher was also known to hand-make birthday cards for family members. Banegas said she enjoyed crafts, making cards out of lace, construction paper or any other materials around the house.

A visitation was held Thursday. Services, conducted by the Rev. Clairnel Nervik, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd., in Ashland. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, in Columbia.

Mrs. Buescher is survived by one daughter, Janie Sue Hulen and husband, Gary, of Paris, Mo.; two brothers, Dermont and Billie Garrett; two sisters, Lenora Martie and Jane Martin; five grandchildren, Michael Hulen and wife, Deena, of Hallsville, Lisa Banegas of Miami, Fla., Gary Hulen Jr. and wife, Amber, of O'Fallon, Eric Hulen of Columbia, and Josh Hulen and wife, Megan, of Paris, Mo.; and eight great-grandchildren, Taylor, Elizabeth, Jacqueline, Kelsie, Gage, Ashley, Nathan and Emily.

Her husband, Clarence Buescher; four brothers, Junior Buescher, Jimmie Buescher, Derwood Buescher and Bobbie Buescher; and one sister, Bettie Sue Caselman, died earlier.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Peace United Church of Christ, 121 N. First St., Hartsburg, MO 65039, or to the American Diabetes Association at