Bonnie Stephens Johnson started her everlasting life with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, April 13, surrounded by her family while at home of her son, David in Scott, New York.
Bonnie was born on November 8, 1944, the twelfth child of Charles and Lula Cain Stephens.
Bonnie grew up in Marathon and graduated from Marathon high School in 1962 and attended her 50th class reunion in June of 2012.
Bonnie is most remembered for her love of Jesus Christ and her joy in sharing Jesus with others so they would know him too. John 15:8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciple. This brings great glory to the Father. Bonnie was also remembered for her beautiful and gifted singing voice. She loved to sing praise and worship, harmonize with her family, country music and was a gifted yodeler.
She opened for many shows at the Country Music Park, to include George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Van Shelton, Porter Wagner and Jeanie C. Riley and also sang in several local country bands.
Bonnie was employed at her familys business, Stephens Auction Services in Marathon and was talented and buying and selling antiques. She was later employed at Pall Trinity and eventually provided Home Care, caring for elderly and ill in their last days providing love and exceptional care.
Bonnie was an amazing, dedicated and loving mother, mother in law, grandmother and sister. She will be dearly missed especially her smile and great sense of humor.
Bonnie is survived by two sons, (who were the pride and joy of her life) Davis (Lori) Johnson of Scott NY, Chris (Christine LaPlant) Johnson of Dryden NY, two grandson Shawn (Mary) of Nashua NH and Jonathon of Scott, two sisters Shirley Minor of Cortland, Marge (Hal) Coe of Freeville as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins and her beloved and faithful Baby Cat.
Bonnie was predeceased by her parents and four brothers Jay, Bill, Albert and Bobby, as well five sisters Robbie Claudia, Louise, Barbara, and Betty Jane.
Special thank you to the staff at Misty Glen and 2 South, 3 South and Telemetry staff at Cortland Regional Medical Center, Hospice and Cindy Seaman who took exceptional care of mom. Also her church family at Christian Assembly of God.
A memorial service will be held at the Christian Assembly of God on Saturday April 20. The family will receive friends from 10 am ââ€š¬ââ‚¬Å“ 11:30 am with the memorial service beginning at 11:30 am.
Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Caring Community Hospice of Cortland County, 11 Kennedy Pkwy, Cortland NY, 13045 or Cortland Christian Assembly of God Girls Ministries.
Debbie, Sorry for the loss of your Aunt Bonnie. Sounds like she was a wonderful lady. Joe & Bonnie Hutchings
To our family and those closest to Aunt Bonnie, I offer my sincere sympathy. It has been a difficult journey but Bonnie is safe in God's arms now and awaits us all. I will never forget her silliness, laughter, wonderful artistic tallents and sense of humor, even through tough times, Bonnie always had a smile and a sparkle in her eyes. She was so loved and will be missed. Never forget my brave and amazing Aunt Bonnie Stephens Johnson!!!! Cindy
Our sincere condolences to all Bonnie's family and friends. It's been several years since I last saw Bonnie but she was always full of spirit and much fun to be around. Bonnie was part of our group during 1972 (The Sons of Eros) and was a major help to us after our lead singer left for Florida and she carried the show for over a year. Her brother,Bobbie, was an original member of our group in the late 60's. For Joe, Darrell, Ray, and Mac - she will be missed. Joe (Floyd) Jones
I had only known Bonnie since 2009 where I met her at Christian Assembly of God. We became fast friends and I always looked forward to seeing her or talking to her on the phone. She was an inspiration to me and I'm going to miss hearing her calling me "Pumpkin". Bonnie was a mighty woman of God that many looked up too. Sheila Eibert
Aunt Bonnie, You were a great, loving woman! I learned so much about antiques, auctions, family, humor and love from you. I will always cherish the times I spent with you at local auctions. Your stories, songs and smile will always be embedded in my heart. I hope you and Grandma are singing your hearts out and laughing! You will be missed dearly! Love always...Jenny, Rich, Richie and Cooper McCall Lung