Bonnie Jean Bonnette Boothe, born on Saturday, August 15, 1959, in New Orleans, LA, passed away in her home in Baton Rouge, LA, surrounded by family and friends at 12:15 a.m., Thursday, November 9, 2017.
Bonnie is survived by her husband of 38 years, Gregory Brenston Boothe of Baton Rouge, LA., mother-in-law, Elvie Lee Boothe of Marrero, LA., daughter, Krystal Jean Boothe Gonzales (wife of Keith Gonzales Jr.) of Chalmette, LA., nephews, Herman John Bonnette III (husband of Alissa Rispoli Bonnette) and Eddie Wayne Jennings of Slidell, LA., grandson, Luke Anthony Gonzales, granddaughters, Evelyn Genevieve Gonzales and Siena Noelle Gonzales, great-nephew, Herman John Bonnette IV, sister-in-law, Tricia Santos Skaggs of Marrero, LA., nephews, “Frankie” Stephen Harpster II and Christian Brandon Boothe of Marrero, LA, and sister-in-law, Janet Lynn Bland of Slidell, LA.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her father, Herman John Bonnette Sr, mother, Evelyn Sabathe Bonnette, brother, Herman John Bonnette Jr, father-in-law, Mike B. Boothe, and brother-in-law, Gary Brandon Boothe.
Bonnie was an authentic and energetic woman whose faith in Jesus Christ fueled her passionate love and service of her family and friends.
Bonnie graduated high school at Andrew Jackson High in 1977, where she was an honors student and in many clubs such as Beta Club and Chorus. She was chosen to represent the school for her leadership abilities at the annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State of Louisiana conference in 1976 and was voted Most Popular during her senior year.
Bonnie was an active member of First Pentecostal Church of New Orleans for many years, led the youth ministry and bible studies alongside her husband, Greg. She was also a Sunday school teacher and choir member. She taught Kindergarten at New Orleans Christian Academy from 1980 to 1985, was a chief librarian and developed pre-school curriculum there, while furthering her education at the University of New Orleans and Nunez Community College.
In December of 1983, Bonnie gave birth to her only daughter, Krystal, and became a devoted mother and homemaker.
In 2006, she became a member of Healing Place Church of Baton Rouge where she passionately served as a greeter and supported other church activities.
Throughout the last 19 years of her life, Bonnie fought an often silent battle against breast cancer with dignity, courage, and perseverance. Her four grandchildren were the light of her life and her inspiration to endure. Bonnie and her family deeply appreciate the countless prayers and support during this time.
In lieu of flowers, the Boothe Family has established a memorial fund with the Sensory Learning Institute, in honor of Bonnie’s grandson, Luke, to provide children with autism and developmental delays access to a multi-sensory training that can make them more comfortable in their environment and unlock their potential for learning and development. Please send contributions to the Sensory Learning Institute at PO Box 11047, Boulder, CO 80301. Note in Memory of Bonnie Boothe.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette, LA on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., followed by a funeral service in Bonnie’s memory beginning at 11:00 a.m. She will be laid to rest in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens. To sign and view the family guest book, please visit www.stbernardmemorial.com.