Bonnie Christine Campbell, 65 passed away unexpectedly March 6th, 2021 Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Mom, Grandma, Friend
One can never express a life with words…
Where she worked, and what she enjoyed is minuscule to what she gave. No amount of money or possessions could fulfill her life. But family always did. From her great grandparents, grandparents, mother, father, stepfather, to her many siblings and all their children. Everyone made her life great. Her children Amy, Eric and Ryan were her greatest accomplishments. Amy made her proud with her first grandchildren and every day with her hard work and patience trying to make life the best. Eric is her chef and brought even more joy and laughter with his children. Ryan is the unpredictable one, always here and always there, always when she needed it. Her grandchildren Cady, Kaleb, Noah, Spencer and Myka were her dreams come true. And recently her special unicorn loving pal Molly.
She had a large and diverse family full of siblings and cousins galore. The happiness of memories she had never stopped. Each sibling had a great impact on her molding her into grace. She loved every minute spent with them. Most recently the girls would have breakfast, and chat, that was the highlight of her month. She may have not liked cars much, but she loved going to car shows her brothers went to and seeing them have fun. Sometimes just putting puzzles together with her nieces, or board games at Christmas. Or just going to someone’s house to watch a movie. The little things that we all take for granted. She absolutely adored her aunt Charlene and (Late) Uncle Sid, but then of course we all do. She’d help whenever she could. And would seek help whenever needed. Never afraid and never ashamed. Receiving a smile from someone was always worth her troubles. Facebook games were her addiction, caused by her son Ryan when he needed some teammates, He will always regret that!
Then there’s those moments we all know. Those we always regret. We should have done this or that. Or just said Hi! Hung out or had dinner. Because there’s always tomorrow. Her only regret was she couldn’t be with all of us, All the time. For her, Let’s make tomorrow, today. Write a letter. Call or give a hug, to anyone and everyone because in this time we all need a little bit of unexpected love. Live your life the way you need to be happy, because in the end you can be proud. She devoted her entire career and life to Swiss Colony for 40+ years. Her dedication and ethics were astonishing.
She said not two weeks ago, after recently retiring that “I think I did well, after all that work and time, I ended up ok, and I can relax and have fun now”.
She was our unicorn, roaming free, pure, innocent, always positive, a healer, hopeful, joyful, and full of pride. With a magical touch to make everything better. Bonnie was not just a person on the street, to us she was a part of us. So, a life explained with a few words isn’t justice or great. But the lessons she taught us all shall hopefully live on forever. For us to share with others. To make life a better place. If she could tell us what to do in this difficult time, she would say.
Live, laugh, Love. - Smile, no matter what! - There’s always room for dessert! The Birds and Flowers are worth the Patience. - Work hard and just live life. Hug whenever you can. - Say I love you, even if it sucks. - Cry when you must. Dance... badly! and Sing... loudly!
I hope you can all feel one drop of her being, so she lives on forever. And next time it rains dance in it.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her Mother and Stepfather, Wanda and Lee Lewis, her Father Clarence, brother Curtis, infant sister Barbara, brother Kelvin, brother Russell, and brother Steve Lewis.
Bonnie is survived by her family, Mike (Bev) Campbell, Kenneth (Brenda) Campbell, Melanie Johnson, Jeff (Sharon) Lewis, Deb (Ed) Heim, Cheryl (John) Yeager, Andy Lewis, Chris (Robin) Lewis, Clarence "Stevie" Campbell, Dan (Rhonda) Lewis, Cheryl Davis, one surviving aunt Charlene (late Sid) Eddy, daughter Amy Nelson, son Eric (Heidi) Rufer, son Ryan Rufer, cherished grandchildren, Cady and Kaleb Nelson, and Noah, Spencer and Myka Rufer, countless nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends.
May we smile until we cry, And laugh until it hurts, Make dark skies uprise, And may rainbows burst, Love is all that matters, and all that matters is Love
Public Visitation will be held on Monday March 15, 2021 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00 PM, in honor of Bonnie, feel free to wear purple. For those who wish to send floral arrangements, Bonnie requested “an abundance of calla lilies”.
A Private Family Service will be held, followed by burial in Greenwood Cemetery.