She was born Sept. 26, 1917, in Hadleyville, Ind., to Elmer W. and Anita (Moyer) Cooksey.
As a young girl, she was raised on her family's farm on County Road 400 North in Greene County. She attended Coal City and Switz City High Schools.
As a young lady, she worked for REMC in Bloomfield.
Following her marriage to Roy Bond on March 26, 1946, they moved to Brazil, where Gertrude began working at Kroger for several years and later Pell's Bargain Mart, where she retired in 1982.
She was a lifetime member of Nine Mile United Methodist Church and attended the Assembly of God in Brazil.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roy Bond, brothers Paul Cooksey, Alva Cooksey and Earl "Jake" Cooksey, and sister Belva Garrigus.
Survivors include sons David Bond and wife Bambi, Greenwood, Rev. Ford Bond and wife Rev. Jan, Plainville, Ind., and Rev. Curtis Bond, Brookville, Ind., grandchildren Amy Bond, James Bond, Lori Victoriano, Jessica Bond, Larissa Colombo, Leah Spradlin and Leslie Bond, great-grandchildren Adrianna Martinez, Mario Garcia, Abraham Victoriano, Yadier Victoriano, Audrey Colombo and Riley Spradlin, sister Ruth Nolting, former daughters-in-law Sonnie Bond and Raelene Bond, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services for Mrs. Bond will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Thursday, March 5, 2009, at 11 a.m., with her son Rev. Ford Bond and brother-in-law Rev. Harold Nolting officiating.
Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m., and again Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until time of services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nine Mile United Methodist Church, RR 1 Box 687, Linton, Ind., 47441.
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