Bonnie Lou Smith, 85, of Arkansas City, died Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at her residence.

The rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Wednesday,, June 24 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Arkansas City. A Mass of Christian burial is at 10:30 a.m. Burial is in St. Peter’s Cemetery of Schulte. Cremation has been effected.

A memorial has been established with Sacred Heart Catholic School. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are being made through Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory of Arkansas City. Online condolences can be made at

Bonnie was born Jan. 9, 1935, in Wichita, to William Henry and Francis Elizabeth (Hoppe) Becker. She was reared and educated in Schulte, attending Cathedral Catholic School and graduating in 1953. Bonnie later attended Wichita Business College. Bonnie owned and operated several businesses in Wichita and later in Arkansas City.

Bonnie married Judge J. Michael “Mike” Smith on Dec. 10, 1982. The couple made their home in Arkansas City. Bonnie was well-liked and loved in the community and was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mike Smith in 2010; sisters, Marilyn Girrens and Karen McNeal; and brothers, Bill and Robert Becker.

Survivors include a daughter, Traci Oberlechner, of Arkansas City; son, Alan and wife, Traci Girrens, of Wichita; three grandchildren, Erica and husband, Shawn Winkler, Jake Oberlechner, and Brandon Girrens; and great-grandchildren, Owen and Brody Winkler.

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