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Bonnie Jo Hall
August 24, 1973 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 50) 50 Years Old
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Bonnie Jo Hall, 50, born August 24, 1974, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, after a courageous fight with a rare cancer. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her niece and nephew and close friends.
Bonnie lived a full life. She loved the beach and the outdoors. She made great memories with many adventures like skydiving, white water rafting, parasailing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fun filled vacations and so much more.
Bonnie will be sadly missed by her mother, Gerlyn Hall, 2 brothers, Donnie Hall and Bob Hall (Sara), niece Abby Hall, and nephew Evan Hall.
Gone too soon, she will be missed but always in our hearts.
Per Bonnie’s wishes, a Celebration of her life was held while she was living. She was laid rest at a private graveside service.
The first time I saw Bonnie (almost 47 years ago), I could tell she was an independent little spitfire. My first memory of her is of this cute little girl in pigtails, a skirt, tights, and patent leather dress shoes. She was running around like a tornado in the basement of Claridon Congregational Church. (she was so short that she was able to run under a tall table in the back without ducking) Even at 3, her independent streak and strong will along with her infectious smile and laugh were easily recognizable.
As she grew up, she never lost her bubbly, hyperactive personality. That’s not to say that she didn’t face struggles in life, but she seemed able to turn them into something positive (at least in her eyes). She always did things her way without regard to what anyone else thought she should do. (much to Gerlyn’s frustration at times)
Her ability to find a silver lining in difficult situations, especially as she was becoming an adult was remarkable. She didn’t let things keep her down for long.
When faced with this devastating cancer diagnosis almost 2 years ago, she shed some tears (with Gerlyn by her side for support) but quickly got to the business of dealing with it her way. She dealt with the prognosis with more grace and courage than I have seen in my life. She definitely took the art of making lemonade out of the very sour lemons she was given to a level I have never seen before. She quickly decided that she was going to live until her time was up. Much to the amazement and sometimes frustration and fears of those who loved her, she did things on her own terms.
Early on she made a decision to have a celebration of her life while she was still alive. This selfless act was more to help those of us who loved her deal with the prognosis than for herself. We had a beautiful get together with all her family and friends who could make it in August of 2022. She planned the menu with Gerlyn to include all her favorite dishes while she was still able to enjoy them. We laughed and cried some as she shared her many pictures and stories of her adventures in order to remind us that she had had a great life.
After that she really got down to the business of living. She planned and went on many trips and adventures with her closest old friends and many of the new friends she made while dealing with cancer.
She had been depressed at the prospect of not making it to her 50th birthday, but, lo and behold, she did! She celebrated by crossing another item off her bucket list, a cruise in August of 2023.
Throughout the time she had, she filled every minute with activities with family and close friends, grateful for every day she had. While all the events were special, one that was extra special to me was last Christmas, she gifted Gerlyn and I with tickets to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. All 3 of us went and while it was not something I would have planned for myself; we all had a great time.
She made a conscious effort to spend as much time as possible with Abby and Evan who were her pride and joy and who she loves dearly. She was so proud of both of them and went to as many (if not all) of their sporting events to cheer them on and spend time with them. She worked hard to make sure their yearly Halloween party, birthdays, and Christmas traditions were memorable. She also planned many trips with them to museums, parks, chuck e cheese, the beach and did many activities like rock painting, rock climbing, and going to the local parks, deer park, etc., with them.
Fiercely independent until the very end, she insisted on doing things for herself. She took a trip to the museums in Cleveland the day before she passed away and of course, posted pictures of her trip.
This past summer, she brought packages over to me with instructions to give them to her mom and Bob and his family after she died. Even as she was facing the end of her life, she was planning for ways to provide comfort for those she loved the most as they dealt with this loss.
All you need to do is go on her facebook page to see how much life and love she packed into her life and these last 2 years. While reading over the comments people have shared to her profile since she died, it is a testament to not only how she lived these last 2 years but to how many people she touched with her loving, caring manner and her adventurous bubbly personality.
REST IN PEACE BONNIE!!
Love U, Rose