Bonnie was born in 1921 on June 1st in Chatham, Louisiana to Dennis and Adeline Johnson. She married Malcolm McCown in San Antonio, Texas on November 24, 1951 at Los Angeles Heights United Methodist Church.
She graduated from Chatham High School in Chatham, Louisiana. She then went on to obtain her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. Her working experience included business teacher at Chatham High School, Edison High School (San Antonio) and Jourdanton High School. During World War II, she worked in Federal Civil Service at Camp Stanley, Texas (where she was Miss Camp Stanley) and at Barksdale AF Base, Shreveport, Louisiana.
Momma was a life-long member of United Methodist Church, Trinity University Faculty Wives, United Methodist Women and Senior Circle.
In 1954, she and Malcolm were blessed with their daughter, Deborah. In 1987, her first grandson, Shane was born. Then in 1991, she was blessed again with another grandson, Cory. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She was blessed to be there both times when they were born. Malcolm, her husband of 44 years passed away on January 25, 1995.
Bonnie and Malcolm moved to Pleasanton in the summer of 1977, there they lived next door to her sister Evelyn and her husband Louis, until their passing. Uncle Louis always made sure there was a path mowed between the two houses, so Bonnie and Evelyn could walk back and forth to visit. Momma was close to her family, even though her brothers and their families lived in Louisiana, they all remained close. Daddy always made sure that she got to go home at least once a year to be with her family. Many a summer and Christmas there would be joyful reunions.
Momma grew up in the Great Depression, World War II, Korean Conflict and Vietnam. These moments in history can define a person. I loved listening to all her stories and all about her ancestors.
Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She would make it to all their sporting events: soccer, Little League and then football. To her they could do no harm and they were lucky that she was here for a long time.
Momma lived by herself until she started to decline in the last part of January 2017. She had a great life and a long life. We were blessed to have her for as long as we did.
There are some people who I want to thank for her care: Holy Savior Hospice, the staff at Retama Manor South, and Dr. Villarreal and Dr. Tan. There are two other people I want to thank, Margaret Galaviz and Donna Gieb. Margaret was with momma for a long time. She started off cleaning for her and taking her to the doctor if I was not able to, but later she cared for her at home and at the nursing home. We were blessed to have the loving care of Margaret.
Donna Gieb is one of the best friends. She is part of the family. Momma thought of her as another daughter. Donna was very helpful the entire time momma has been sick. She would go by and see her at her house, and then later she would go up and sit with her at the nursing home. Donna has been her rock.
We will miss her, but we are happy that she is at peace in Heaven with her friends and family.
Good bye, momma, until we meet again in the Lords house.
Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Deborah Keeler of Pleasanton; cousin, Betty and Trave McCown of San Antonio; nephews, Larry Schmidt and wife Ruth Ann, Dennis Schmidt and wife Jan, Randy Johnson, Stan McCown and wife Val, David Johnson and wife Jamie; nieces, Sherry Cary and husband Tommy, Cathy Jackson, Kay Johnson Thurston and husband Bill, Patsy McCown and Becky McCown; and sister in law, Franceil Johnson of Monroe, Louisiana. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Shane and Cory Keeler and several great nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm Gibbs McCown; parents, Dennis and Adeline Johnson; son-in-law, Michael Keeler; brothers and sisters, Kenneth Johnson, Aubrey Johnson and wife Faye, Wildred Johnson and wife Zelda; sister, Evelyn Schmidt and husband Louis and nephews, Doug Johnson and Gary Johnson.
Visitation will be held at Hurley Funeral Home at 118 W. Oaklawn Road in Pleasanton on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 2 – 8 p.m. A funeral service led by Rev. Johnny Arrington will be on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Pleasanton at 420 N. Main Street at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Jourdanton City Cemetery.
Pallbearers for Bonnies service will be Randy Johnson, David Johnson, Larry Schmidt, Dennis Schmidt, Shane Keeler and Cory Keeler.
If you wish to make a donation you may make it to Wounded Warriors, St Jude Childrens Home or First United Methodist Church.
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