Bonnie Sue Kelly
Bonnie Sue Kelly – age 54, of Kentville, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Born on January 1, 1967, in Kentville, she was the daughter of the late Charlotte Kendrick and stepfather Nelson Kelly. Bonnie was survived by her loving life partner and fiancé, Tony Butler. Bonnie’s Tony recently asked for her hand in marriage – and she said yes! Her memory will be forever cherished by her best friend, Kate (Van Tassel), Bonnie’s brother, Anthony Kelly and his children Zoe and Brynley along with so many extended family and close friends. A blessing to everyone that knew her. Bonnie’s faith, light, and endearing smile along with her soulful laughter shone ever so confidently and brightly outward and was shared with so many. Passions of interest were Bonnie’s calling card. A self-taught botanist and horticulturist, her genius at growing anything and everything were captured in the flavours of her culinary wizardry. Bonnie always wanted to feed everyone. You rarely left her home not full and satisfied and with a gift of homegrown herbs or flowers from her garden along with home cooked goodies from her kitchen. She believed that nature held an abundance of treasures if you just took the time to pause and look around your environment. There was beauty and abundance from God everywhere. She loved the outdoors, whether fishing, finding the best mushroom from a birch tree for chaga tea, or combing the beaches and shores for driftwood or rock hounding heart-shaped rocks. Being surrounded by nature or God’s Garden as she called it, was her happy place. She was the biggest fan of Formula One racing. When Sunday racing was on, Bonnie vigorously and vocally cheered on her team and her favourite F1 driver, Felipe Massa of Brazil. Unshaken by anything, her brother Anthony reported seeing Bonnie hit by lighting and blown-up by a barbeque! Bonnie was also dedicated to the consumption of knowledge through reading, researching, understanding and applying herself to every task she undertook. Her values of kindness, empathy, and respect for our differences were what set her apart and you could never leave having had a conversation with her without feeling as though you should try harder to be a little better. A professional life filled with 32 years of commitment as an administrator to the Valley Regional Hospital, her ray of positivity and steadfast presence will be sadly missed. Bonnie’s life inspires us all to want to keep learning and to always better ourselves for the goodness of one another. In honour of Bonnie, donations may be made to the Victoria General Hospital – QEII Health Sciences Centre Halifax. Their outstanding efforts, in particular Dr. Mark Walsh and his unit, showed compassion that was second to none. A special thank you Dr. F. Donald Clark and his team at Valley Regional Hospital. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life and memorial, as well as a family graveside service, will be scheduled at a later date. A special thank you to Trevor Buttler at White Family Funeral Home for his deep caring and compassion. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville.