• Arrangements by Mathers-Gaunce Funeral


Bonnie Lynn Sininger loved knowing things. She was an avid consumer of news, a thoughtful political observer, enjoyed and embraced technology, and was one heck of a mother, grandmother, friend and bridge player. We are heartbroken to share she departed this world at age 73 on February 27th, 2017. She was born Bonnie Lynn Coppock on November 15, 1943, in Lebanon, Kentucky, the second daughter of Earl Linney Coppock and Bonnie Lee (Campbell) Coppock. She joked she was the sibling her sister, Gerry, never wanted or dreamed of but got none the less. Gerry and Bonnie's love of playing and listening to music came from their father and it continues to influence generations of the family. Her mother's strength, intelligence and independence set Bonnie on a path of never conforming to the limits the world tried to place on women of her time. She grew up in idyllic Campbellsville, Kentucky, and in 1959 married Michael Ray Whitley and started a family. In 1961 she graduated from Campbellsville High School. She attended Eastern Kentucky University and Campbellsville College, earning a bachelor of arts in education in 1965. In 1967 she moved her young family to Versailles and met a group of people who remained her friends (and bridge partners) for the rest of her life. Her career path never took her far from her love of education. She was a teacher at Simmons, St. Leo's and Pisgah Elementary Schools, a bookkeeper for the Versailles Corner Drug Store and an accountant for Le Cheval Limited and later Fennels Horse Supplies in Lexington. She joined the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet as Training and Development Manager, where she served until her retirement. In 1982 she met Bill Sininger. Bill loved things neat and orderly, Bonnie liked for someone else to make things neat and orderly. They both loved to cook and bake; he made things with precision and detail and she cooked by feel, making it difficult for anyone to duplicate her masterpieces. Bill wrote a proposal on a napkin and she said yes. On March 4, 1983, they were married, bringing their two families together. She was a kind, warm compassionate friend and an easy person to know. If you spent time with her, you would start feel like you had known her your whole life. She was full of joy and had a youthfulness that never waned no matter her age. Her greatest role was as a mother and grandmother. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to take risks, to be independent, to have a point of view and be willing to discuss and defend it, to question authority even when that authority was her, to think for themselves and be themselves. You could ask her anything. She was easy to talk to, even if the topic was difficult. She lived to see women's place in this world change dramatically, but she was disappointed never to have seen a woman elected president. She did take some small joy in the thought maybe one of her granddaughters will be the first. Lung cancer took things from her. It took her independence, and her strength and eventually her life. But it did not win. In the balance, we all won: the joy of knowing her can never be taken from us. She was preceded in death by her father, Linney Coppock; her mother, Bonnie Lee Campbell Coppock Nordby; her stepfather, Walter Nordby; her sister, Gerry Dyer; her son, Earl Bryan Whitley and husband, Bill Sininger. She is survived by her children, Christopher Whitley (Melissa), LeAnn Phillips (John), Michael Whitley (Jacqueline), Patrick Sininger, Christopher Sininger and Lori Carnahan (Charlie); Grandchildren Taylor, John & Jake Phillips, Alex and Hannah Whitley, Xander, Bergen and Quinn Whitley, Frank, Nick, Charlie and Isabella Sininger, Kyle Sininger, Colin Sininger-Banales, Hayden Shields, Jamison and Jack Carnahan; and her cat, Jennifer LoPaws. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that you reach out to someone you love and tell them how much they mean to you; be thoughtful in what you choose to believe and look into the source of information before you accept it as fact; have compassion for people, even strangers, and remember we are not members of a party, we are members of the human race; if you are a smoker consider trying to quit, and if you know a smoker tell them it is never too late to stop. Are you still thinking about flowers? Bonnie loved flowers. But she loved helping people more. Please, instead consider making a donation in Bonnie's memory to Versailles Presbyterian Church, to be used to aid women in need. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 4, at Versailles Presbyterian Church. Inurnment was in the Versailles Cemetery. (Paid obituary)

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