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Official Obituary of

Bonnie Lou Randolph

October 23, 1941 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Bonnie Randolph Obituary

Bonnie Lou Randolph, 82, of Spring Arbor passed away on February 13, 2024. Bonnie was born in Big Rapids, Michigan on October 23, 1941 to Frank and Gladys Hall. She graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1959 and received an Associates Degree from Ferris State.  Further studies in Education continued at Central Michigan University.

Bonnie married Douglas Randolph in January 1963 and taught English and French until December 1964 when she earned her proudest title, that of “Scott’s Mom”. The couple had two more children. Joel was born in October 1969 and Stephanie completed the family in April, 1975. Bonnie was born to be a mother and it was a job she cherished until her very last day.  

The couple moved around the state of Michigan following Doug’s career at Consumers Power and Bonnie easily made friendships that she maintained through several decades and across thousands of miles. She was always ready to take a phone call or send a card – and never turned down an opportunity to visit an “old” friend whether it be in Quebec, Washington state or even Australia.

The family eventually settled in Spring Arbor in 1975. Bonnie began volunteering at the Western School District assisting teachers in classrooms and designing numerous bulletin boards. She spent many years at Bean Elementary before eventually joining the staff and spending decades working in the administration office. In addition to her well-known sense of humor, she was recognized districtwide for her willingness to assist with “last minute” jobs and would even hand deliver projects to her “special” teacher friends. She always went the extra mile and tried to make things easier for others. Bonnie retired from Western in 2005 when she gained her second favorite title, that of “grandma”.

Family was always first in Bonnie’s life. She was happiest when her family was all together. She treasured the annual trips to Ludington for the 4th of July and sponsored several trips to Disney World. But anyone who knew Bonnie or her grandkids knew the highlight of the year was “Summer at Grandma’s”. Noah and Benjamin made the trip a few times, but Abby and Cassie were known to plan their entire year around when they would be in Michigan. Nothing will ever compare to the time they spent together dusting nutcrackers or staying up all hours watching TV together on the couch.  

A lifelong United Methodist she was active in the First United Methodist Church of Jackson including the Chancel Choir.

Bonnie is survived by her husband of 61 years Douglas, son Joel and his special friend Kara of Spring Arbor, daughter Stephanie (Chistopher) Campbell of Overland Park, KS and grandchildren Noah, Benjamin, Abby and CassieK. She was preceded in death by her son Scott Alan, her parents, and her brothers, Chuck and David Hall. Per her request cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Jackson. 275 West Michigan Ave. on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 11:00 am. Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:00. A luncheon in the church Friendship Hall will follow.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Jackson First United Methodist Church designating either the Community Foods Wellness or the Choir Fund.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
March 16, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
275 W. Michigan Avenue
Jackson, Michigan 49201

Celebration of Life
Saturday
March 16, 2024

11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
275 W. Michigan Avenue
Jackson, Michigan 49201

Donations

First United Methodist Church
275 W. Michigan Avenue, Jackson MI 49201
Tel: 1-517-787-6460
Web: https://www.firstumcjackson.org/

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