We’ll miss you, Aunt Bonnie.

For most members of my family, my arrival created the need for distinguishing between “Big Bonnie” and “Little Bonnie.”

And today, “Big Bonnie” passed away… at the age of 98.

That tiny pic (Sheesh, we scanned ’em itty-bitty a zillion years ago, didn’t we?) is from a visit in 1990. Man, I love my Aunt Bonnie! She was just always so funny and irreverent (hell, like most of us in this family) and SUCH a survivor (polio, anyone?) that I’ve always admired her. Still do.

And now she’s gone to visit my mom on the day before what would’ve been Momma’s birthday.

I’m sad. But in that good way that includes being so very aware that I’m immensely lucky to have had such wonderful women in my life, in my family, in my heart for so much of MY time here.

Goodbye, Aunt Bonnie. I never got tired of hearing you tell the story of how I’m named after you. It has been (and will continue to be) an honor.

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1 Comment

  1. Bonnie Gillespie December 19, 2015 at 12:32 am


    Sorry for the current times.

    We shouldn’t mourn the death of our loved ones, we should thank god they ever lived.

    Lucky you Bon.

    Posted by: Cliff at May 10, 2007 12:33 PM


    I’m sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to lose someone we love so much, but as you know, they never really leave us. Hugs!

    Posted by: courtney at May 10, 2007 2:57 PM


    Thinking of you. {{Sending}} much love your way.

    Posted by: Shea at May 10, 2007 3:46 PM


    Hugs and prayers Bonnie!

    Posted by: Beth at May 11, 2007 4:00 AM


    I’m sorry to hear about your aunt–it sounds like she was a lot of fun.

    Posted by: Sara at May 11, 2007 7:09 AM


    Don’t forget to keep talking to her Bon! You know she’s watching over her little Bonnie and giving you signs of her love that will never die even after we pass back home to the spirit world!!

    Posted by: Mary Carlisle at May 13, 2007 7:59 PM


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