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Bonnalie Celine (Moehlmann) Payne
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Kind, compassionate, with a song in her heart and a fun sense of humor describes Bonnalie. She was a lady of many diverse talents and interests, from sustainable forestry, auto mechanics to baking, reading, sewing, quilting, and crocheting.
Bonnalie not only loved, but immensely enjoyed her family and friends. She always looked forward to visits, events, and large group gatherings. She raised her daughters with deep affection and lavished love on her granddaughters when they came along. She involved herself in clubs and associations to ensure she would spend her time with good people for good causes. Throughout her life time, she was a member of Oregon Small Woodlands Association, Associated Oregon Loggers, Parent-Teacher Association, Missionettes, Quilt club, Red Hat Society, Golden Rule club, and more.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, December 12, 1940. After a couple of pit stops in Arizona and Portland, Oregon, her family settled in Willamina, Oregon in 1948. Her father, Edgar Emil Henry Moehlmann, a businessman, established the Willamina Department Store. Her mother, Nina Elizabeth (Hazard) Moehlmann, a college graduate of music, provided a musical home and piano lessons for the community. Of course, it was mandatory for Nina’s children to learn music as well. Bonnalie would often reminisce about how many hours her mother made her practice, however, she did learn to love and appreciate music. Bonnalie and her siblings (primarily Herbert and Kenneth) spent time playing and singing together in church, choir, school, and at home. Bonnalie often would be heard playing the piano or singing throughout the day. She would make up songs or sing out her sentences to make her family laugh.
As a young woman, Bonnalie followed her mother’s footsteps and went to college. She minored in music, traveling with the band and choir of the two colleges she attended. She started college at Northwest College of Kirkland, WA and finished at Northwest Nazarene College of Nampa, ID where she earned her BA with a teaching degree in Home Economics. She then returned to her home town in Willamina, using her degree to teach Home Economics for a short time at Willamina High School. During this time in her life, her best friend, Sharon Howe, introduced her to LeLand Payne. Bonnalie and LeLand had a whirl wind romance with the fairy tale ending. Marrying December 27, 1969, just weeks after being introduced, Bonnalie joined LeLand at his homestead property in rural Yamhill. There, the couple raised their two daughters (Camille/Nicole) and worked LeLand’s family business, LeLand Payne Logging.
Being family oriented as she was, Bonnalie was involved in her daughters’ lives. Yes, music was mandatory for her daughters. They both learned the piano and an instrument in the school band. She spent time with her daughters, raising them in church, making them clothing and costumes for special occasions, and teaching them life skills to empower them to be independent women. Bonnalie’s love for her family never rang truer than every evening when LeLand would come home and she would say “Your father’s home!” She instilled within her daughters a deep level of respect and love for their father. This was genuine love from within her very soul expressed to her husband.
Bonnalie and LeLand had many good times and great adventures. Their love they shared is rare. LeLand adored Bonnalie from the moment he laid eyes on her. She felt his adoration and tender caring throughout their life and through her last breath the morning of March 30, 2018.
As a final farewell to Bonnalie on this earth, her cousin, Harvey, (from LeLand’s side) said it best when he said: “See you later, Bonna. To pass on Good Friday you are in great company. He is risen and so shall we all be. So not good bye, but just see you later. God’s peace and blessing to the whole family who are now missing her.”
Bonnalie is survived by her loving husband, LeLand LeVern Payne, two daughters, Camille (Jeff) Miller, Nicole (Stan) Wood, two granddaughters, Rebekah and Erica Wood, two brothers, Kenneth (Vicki) Moehlmann, Rodney (Kimberly) Moehlmann, one sister in law, Verna Moehlmann, and one former sister in law, Mary Jordan.
Bonnalie is preceded in death by her parents, Edgar Emil Henry Moehlmann, Nina Elizabeth (Hazard) Moehlmann, three sisters, Phyllis Nunemacher, Ardyce Hazard, Dorice Nunemacher, and one brother, Herbert Moehlmann.
Please join Bonnalie’s family for a celebration of her life: Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 11:00am. Location: McMinnville Praise Assembly (the old Assembly of God) at 930 NE 3rd St., McMinnville, Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bonnalie’s name can be made to www.arborday.org (forestry causes) or to www.snowmanfoundation.org (music education causes). Thank you.


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McMinnville Praise Assembly

930 NE 3rd Street
McMinnville, oregon 97128

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