Bonnie Ora Wilson

05/06/1940 - 09/15/2022


Obituary For Bonnie Ora Wilson

Bonnie Ora Wilson was born on May 6, 1940 to Robert Earl and Gladys Helm Southward and joined her older sister Brenda Mills-White growing up in Le Grand, CA. She loved helping her dad work on the family cattle ranch, playing the piano, and dancing regularly with the family at square & round dances in the area. She was the organist for Le Grand Methodist Church for a number of years. Later she worked at Modesto Junior College and lived in Turlock.

Bonnie married James Michael Wilson on February 22, 1964 and they moved initially to Walnut Creek but then settled in Fremont, CA in 1969.

Bonnie was a very active volunteer with the organization Camp Fire Girls by leading meetings to organize new groups and find volunteer adult leaders, as well as being an area manager for the annual candy sales. Based on her valuable contributions to this organization, Bonnie received an award for her outstanding contributions in Alameda County.

With a lifelong passion for animals, Bonne was particularly enamored with both wolves and Siberian Huskies. If you ran into Bonnie, invariably she would be wearing a shirt, earrings, or even shoes, adorning these beautiful creatures she loved so much.

Bonnie’s husband of 58 years followed her in passing one week after her passing. She is survived by her daughter Beth (Johnny) Tyree of Coulterville, CA, son Keith (Kerri) Wilson of Pleasanton, CA, grandson Bryan (Sarah) Adams of Redding CA, grandson Johnny Tyree Jr. of Brentwood, CA, and granddaughter Melanie Rose Adams of Redding, CA.

During this difficult time, family and friends take solace in knowing Jim and Bonnie are reunited once again – forever.

In lieu of a public memorial and flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society

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  • 10/10/2022

    My sincerest condolences to the entire Wilson family. Bonnie remained a life-long cherished friend of my mother, Maria Giampaoli, until her passing. Our family enjoyed the company of both Bonnie & Jim on many occasions: LeGrand Community Day, 49'er game day tailgates, etc. Each recollection warms my heart and makes me smile. Bonnie's beautiful smile and infectious laughter will forever make me smile. May both Bonnie & Jim Rest In Peace. Both touched so many lives & will always be remembered.

  • 10/07/2022

    When I was 19 and home from college for the summer, I would visit Bonnie and Beth quite often. We would laugh and have a good time just visiting. One time, I was helping Bonnie fold the clothes and Bonnie showed me how to fold a fitted sheet. Good times. Thanks, Bonnie. I loved you like a sister.

  • 09/29/2022

    My deepest condolences to the Wilson family.. I will always cherish fond memories of spending time with the Wilson family as a child and adult as our parents, Tom & Sandra Lee were best friends. I remember Bonnie was always making jokes and laughing, such a sweet person.. you will be missed! Love you💗

  • 09/29/2022

    My sincere condolences to the beloved Wilson family. Mrs. Wilson, we shared a love of cakes, cookies and pies. I enjoyed your sharp wit and wicked sense of humor. You and Mr. Wilson will surely be missed! Love you much. R.I.P.

  • 09/29/2022

    I was lucky enough to be apart of this family. Many years of laughter and beautiful sunsets, on top of the mine at the Ranch. This last Easter, memories fading but Aunt Bonnie would come flying out of the front of the pick up seat to open the 4 gates to our destination. This last Easter was especially beautifully to watch Bonnie and Jim look out over the vast rolling hills and reflect on the past. Mike and I will never forget. You will be missed on so many levels.

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