Bonnie Adkins
March 24, 1954 - September 16, 2022

Bonnie Adkins

Bonnie Adkins
Mar 24, 1954 - Sep 16, 2022

Bonnie Adkins

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Bonnie Alice Riepe Adkins was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left her earthly home on September 16, 2022, at the age of 68.

Her Celebration of Life is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the Rendezvous Banquet Facility located at 3127 Lucas Street in Muscatine, Iowa. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local animal rescue group or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be made at

Bonnie proudly earned her master's degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. She served the Area Education Agency as an educational Speech Pathologist for more than 30 years. Bonnie worked every day of her life to make a positive impact on those who surrounded her.

Her passion to care for and make a difference in people's lives extend far beyond her career. Bonnie was endlessly committed to bringing comfort to those in need, providing for those who had less and making people feel loved and important. Bonnie was known for her ability to make anyone welcome and comfortable in her home, whether they were friends, family, or political candidates.

Her caring was matched by her stubbornness! Bonnie may have well set the example of will- power and conviction. When the woman knew what she wanted or believed in something, there was no stopping her, especially in her dedication to politics and the democratic party. She was passionate about making a difference and changing the world for all.

Some of Bonnie's proudest accomplishments included a personal invitation to the White House by former President Barack Obama, her significant environmental policy changes through her efforts with Clean Air Muscatine and her tireless work to pass the Affordable Care Act.

Bonnie is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Paul Adkins, her two daughters Jayme Ironside (Jacob) and Sarah Brumwell (Corbin); her grandchildren Ava, Henry, Harper, and Brynlee. Bonnie is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her mother and father, Donna (Mousley) and Lloyd Riepe, her father and mother-in-law Glen and Rosemary (Park) Adkins, her sister Elizabeth Randleman and sister in-law Susan (Rogers) Adkins.

A special thank you to the dedicated staff at Bickford and UnityPoint Hospice for caring for Bonnie at the end of her life.


Scott Sith on Sep 21, 2022

Paul, sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. I certainly had a lot of fun as a kid when the girls and you and Doug came down on the weekends to the river. My thoughts are with you and your family. Scott Smith

Lou Ann Hoskins on Sep 20, 2022

Paul and family, You may not remember me. I worked with you and Bonnie at Jefferson for a year as the sub art teacher for cj. Craig. You made me feel welcome there. Sending you and your family condolences from Bettendorf. I am sorry to hear of your loss of Bonnie. In sincere sympathy, Lou Ann Hoskins

Bill and Melissa Snydacker on Sep 19, 2022

Sending our sympathy to you all from South Carolina, and remembering Bonnie’s strength of character, and good humor! Lots of good memories! We will be donating to one of our local animal shelters in her name. Sending love to you all.

Joan and Bill Ironside on Sep 18, 2022

When we welcomed Jayme into our family, Bonnie and Paul were a bonus and a delight to have as in-laws. Jacob was very lucky to have such a loving mother-in-law. We have great memories of Ava and Henry's birthday parties hosted by Bonnie. She will be greatly missed and always with us.

Gordy & Jolene Schaver on Sep 18, 2022

Our deepest sympathy to Paul and his family. Bonnie was a beautiful soul. She was a great friend.

Cheryl Weaver on Sep 17, 2022

Our deepest condolences to the Adkins family. We hold fond memories of Bonnie as neighbor, educator, and friend.
John and Cheryl Weaver.

Dick Washburn on Sep 17, 2022

The world was a better place each day Bonnie shared it with us. Thank-you for all the support for the Muskie Women and making our lives that much better. Rest In Peace my friend. Coach Wash and Rosie

Steve & Lisa Phelps Phelps on Sep 17, 2022

CandleOur deepest condolences to the family.
Steve, Lisa, Shasta & Shay Phelps

Mel Steckel on Sep 16, 2022

Jayme & family: So sorry for your loss. May special memories of your mom keep her always close to you.



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