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Bonita E. Gamble, 89, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:13 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Jan. 9, 1923, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Homer J. and Hulda E. (Auer) Ummel.
She was a lifetime resident of Columbia City and graduated from Washington Center High School with the Class of 1941.
On June 2, 1942, she married Gerald E. Gamble at Zion Lutheran Church. She worked a few years with G.E in Fort Wayne and was the secretary for her family business, G & J Machine & Tool. She was a member of Eberhard Lutheran Church, Columbia City.
Survivors include her six children, Gary L. Gamble of Houston, TX, Jana L. Baker of Columbia City, Janelle S. (James S.) Gamble of Thailand, Gregory A. Gamble of Columbia City, Galen D. Gamble of Columbia City, and Janine K. (Lane) Pressler of Columbia City; one sister, Thelma Jean (Joe) Geist of South Whitley; eight grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald E. Gamble; son-in-law, John Baker; daughter-in-law, Patti Gamble; great-grandson, Justin Wilcoxson, and brother, John H. Ummel.
Visitation was held Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.
The funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today at Eberhard Lutheran Church, with one hour of visitation prior to the service. Pastor Alice Smith officiated. The burial followed in the Eberhard Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mrs. Gambleâ€™s memory to Eberhard Lutheran Church or grandson Garet Gamble. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send online condolences, visit www.demoneygrimes.com.