Obituary of Bonnie Mae Johnson
Bonnie Mae (Finley) Johnson was born October 2, 1942, in Checotah, Oklahoma to Ray Finley & Esterine Wright Hutton, in which she was the third of four children.
She attended Warrior Primary School and later matriculated to Pierce High School in Checotah, Oklahoma, graduating in 1960. She was baptized at Warrior Baptist Church near Checotah Oklahoma, under the pastorate of the late Reverend Prince Maxwell, Sr., where she was a devoted member until she moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma upon graduation.
She thoroughly enjoyed her career until retirement, as a Healthcare Buyer (Supply Chain) for the former Osteopathic Hospital/Tulsa Regional Medical Center, now Oklahoma State University Medical Center.
Bonnie was a loving wife and mother. She met her husband of 48 years, Donald, in 1965 and married a couple of years later. She loved him dearly until his death. Bonnie exemplified Godly respect for her husband, which was invaluable to her children. She cherished her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bonnie was the biggest champion for her children. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for them. She loved the Lord and made sure her children were in regular attendance at church growing up.
She and her husband united with the Antioch Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Reverence C. L. Potter, followed by Pastor Emeritus, Reverend M. C. Potter, and currently Pastor Marla Mayberry. Servanthood was at the core of most of what Bonnie exemplified. She found one of her true passions once she joined the Usher Board at Antioch. She was able to create a bond with its members that are truly like family. She was a member of the Usher Board for 30 years, even serving as the President at one point.
Not known to many, she loved sports. In high school, she played volleyball, basketball and ran track. Whenever she could catch a live event she would support family and extended family. She enjoyed pottery classes and crocheting, in which she displayed many of her creations in her home. Bonnie enjoyed reading books and crossword puzzles. She loved plants and gardening. Cooking and hosting was one of her true loves. She loved to bake, in which she was known for her peach cobbler at family functions. She loved to provide food and enjoy the comradery of others with it. She was affectionately called Aunt Bonnie by family and non-family alike. She wore the title MeMaw and Grandma proudly, given to her by her grandchildren.
Once she moved to the senior adult complex, she created bonds with the residents who became her second family. She thoroughly enjoyed talking on the phone and spending time with her friends at church and in the community.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald Johnson; her parents, Ray Finley and Esterine Hutton; her sister and brother, Bessie Jackson and Ceadell Goudeux of Tulsa, OK.
She leaves to cherish fond memories: her son, Bobby Johnson of Tulsa, OK; her daughter, Tasha Johnson of Dallas, TX; and her son, Jamaica Young of Dallas, TX; her grandchildren, Jadyn, Christian, Serenity, Kamdon, Paris, Kailand, Jailand and Jamaica Kingston; her great-grandchildren, Waylon, Diesel, Javen and Jasmine; her youngest brother, Norman “Butch” Hutton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Bonnie will lie in state from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, with family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m. at the Ninde Brookside Funeral Home and her funeral will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 18, at the Antioch Baptist Church and she will be laid to rest following at Snake Creek Cemetery, Bixby, OK.
Ninde Brookside, 918-742-5556, www.ninde.com