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Reva F. Bond 1926 ~ 2018
Reva F. Bond was born February 17, 1926 in Dennis, Kansas, the youngest of five children born to Clarence and Fray Ola (Stevenson) Stafford. She spent her early years in Dennis before moving to a farm between Morehead and Thayer, Kansas. She graduated from Morehead High School.
After graduating she decided she wanted to become a secretary so she attended Wichita Business College. Moving away from her family was hard, but after completing Business School she stayed in Wichita and began working for Coleman Lamp and Stove Company. This was during the War years and Wichita was pretty lively 24 hours a day. She had good fortune making really good friends with several of the girls she worked with. They had a lot of fun together.
By the summer of 1945, the men were returning home from the war and 2 of her closest friends set her up on a blind date with a man from Anthony, Kansas who was attending Wichita University. Little did she know, a few years later, she would marry this man.
On August 14, 1948, Reva was united in marriage with Marlin Leslie Bond at Pittsburg, Kansas. To this union one daughter, Marla, was born.
Reva and Marlin lived in Wichita, Kansas, Missouri, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Ardmore, Oklahoma, Casper, Wyoming, Amarillo, Texas and Denver, Colorado, before retiring in 1983. Reva worked various secretarial jobs during all the moves. While living in Colorado, Marla graduated high school and began attending Arapaho Community College. Reva thought it would be fun to go back to school herself so she signed up for 20 hours the first semester and 9 the second semester, during which time she also worked in the Dean's Business Office.
Marla married and moved to Anthony, Kansas so in 1986, Reva and Marlin returned to Anthony to be near their daughter and grandchildren.
Reva was a member of the First Congregational Church of Anthony, the Clio Club and the Eta Alpha Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority. She enjoyed her grandsons, who as she put it, were pretty good kids, but when they started giving her great-grandchildren, she was ecstatic and could not spend enough time with them. She loved flowers, sewing, reading and doing ceramics, and didn't mind watching an occasional football game. She was a chocoholic and loved all kinds of chocolate candies.
On January 25, 2018, Reva passed away at Anthony Community Care Center at the age of 91 years, 11 months and 8 days. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin on July 7, 2011; her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.
Reva will be deeply missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Marla and Don Gebers; grandsons: Donald Gebers, Arthur Gebers and wife, Laree, and David Gebers and wife, Jessica; great-grandchildren: Tesslyn, Tate, Akira, Marlin and baby girl Gebers who will make her arrival in March; and a host of other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony with Chaplain Rocky Schmied officiating. Chaplain Schmied sang "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross" and "The Lord's Prayer," accompanying himself on the guitar.
Burial followed in Forest Park Cemetery. Casket bearers were Donald M. Gebers, Arthur Gebers, David Gebers, Ron Stafford, Dusty Albright and Scott Gebers.
Memorials in memory of Reva may be made to Anthony Senior Citizens, Cal Farley's Boys Ranch or to Heartland Hospice, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, is in charge of arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.comReva