Longtime Bishop resident Bonny Hollis, age 88, died peacefully in her bed, with her daughter and granddaughter by her side, in the Bishop Care Center on Dec. 26, 2013 after a long battle with dementia and macular degeneration.
Bonny was born in Ontario, Calif. on July 6, 1925. She graduated from San Fernando Valley High School in 1943, Chaffey Junior College in 1945 and worked in Los Angeles for the World War II effort. Bonny moved to Bishop in 1955. She married Bill Hollis and they raised their three children in Bishop. Bill taught elementary and junior high school; Bonny was a homemaker and active in local civic activities including Cub Scout den mother, 4-H project leader and food bank volunteer. She attended St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and often volunteered to organize church events. She taught Sunday school and served on the altar guild. She loved setting up the altar for the Christmas midnight mass. She helped organize the first “Street of Shoppes” Christmas Bazaar at St. Timothy’s.
Bonny was an avid gardener who grew spectacular vegetables, which she shared generously with friends and family or cooked masterfully to coax her grandchildren into eating them. She loved children and loved being a mom and grandma. Bonny was an expert seamstress, and loved to sew her children and grandchildren’s clothes and Halloween costumes. She made festive holiday bowties for Bill to wear to school: a bat for Halloween, holly for Christmas, hearts for Valentine’s Day. His students loved them.
She was known as “Bombie” to her grandchildren and was an active and dedicated grandmother. Bombie could bake four different types of cookies, burn tumbleweeds in her back pasture, scrub her house from top to bottom, grocery shop for the week, cook three beautiful meals, and wash two loads of laundry while minding a playpen full of her grandchildren without batting an eyelash. Her energy and industrious nature were well known to her friends, family and neighbors.
Bonny was preceded in death by her sister, Audrey Bronneke, in 1999; and her husband, Bill Hollis, in 2002.
She is survived by her three children, Pawl Hollis, Janet Kinney and Norman Hollis; eight grandchildren, James, Jyll, Justin, Jolene, Bear, Laurel, Ariel and Jacyln; one great-grandchild, Moni; two nephews, Howard and Jak; and one niece, Susan.
Bonny’s family will have a celebration of life memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 1 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Bishop.
Bonny’s family is grateful to the staff at Sterling Heights and more recently the staff at the Bishop Care Center for their attentive loving care. When you visit either place, thank the staff for their care of your loved ones.
Bonny carried on her ethos of giving generously by donating her body to the “Life Legacy Foundation” to further research Alzheimer’s and dementia. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to the local food bank, the Life Legacy Foundation, or your favorite charity.
In memory of Bonny at her request, please pledge to visit an elderly person for just one hour a month for the next year. It will change your life and cause Bonny to rejoice with the angels.