In Memoriam: Bonnie Wombles, 81, antiques dealer, shop owner, show circuit veteran

Bonnie Wombles antiques3.jpgAntiques dealer and shop owner Bonnie Darlene Emrick Wombles, 81, died July 4, 2011 in Pittsfield, Ill. In 1966, Bonnie started Bonnie’s Carriage House Antiques and became a nationally known antiques dealer. Her more than 40 years in the antiques field was marked by being one of the first and longest tenured members of the Heart of Country Antiques Shows in Nashville, Tenn.

Known later as Wombles Antiques, she and Floyd were famous for doing up to 30 shows a year in locations all over the Midwest and as far away as Maine, Florida, Alabama and Texas. Her expertise in early Americana and American country furniture with original paint was highly regarded by her fellow dealers and clients alike. No stranger to the press, Bonnie was featured in and wrote articles in antiques trade magazines and newspapers over the years. Her home was featured in “Country Living” magazine in September 1985 and her business was featured in in Mary Emmerling’s first book, “American Country.”

Bonnie Wombles antiques2.jpgBonnie sold much of her collection in October 2010 with Bob Evans Auctions. The sale featured Americana, collectibles and fine primiatives. The items pictured here were some of Bonnie’s items.

Bonnie and her husband Floyd were married for 65 years. Floyd preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 2011. Before she started her career in antiques, Bonnie raised five children and was active as an adult leader for 4-H and president of her local grade school PTA. She worked with Floyd in the fields planting and harvesting crops and preparing lunches for workers. Her hobbies were square dancing and going to antique auctions.

In more recent years Bonnie served on the boards of both the Griggsville (Ill.) Historical Society and The Pike County Historical Society. She helped with the refurbishing of Shasta House and in researching items and organizing the historical society’s museum at East School. She was active in The Lincoln Project, was a volunteer for the Old Lincoln Museum and belonged to Sorosis. She was very proud to be a volunteer at the opening of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Ill. She and Floyd were members and served as deacons of the Unity Church of Quincy, Ill.

In addition to four of her children, Bonnie is survived by 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to be made to The Pike County Historical Society or the Lincoln Project. Condolences may be sent to the family.

-posted by Eric
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