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Phyllis "Bonnie" Bonita Barnett (Jordan)

Monday, August 22nd, 1938 - Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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Obituary

Barnett, Phyllis "Bonnie" Bonita, age 80, of Bellbrook, passed away Thursday, February 14th, 2019 Dayton. She was born August 22nd, 1938 to Charlotte (Miller) and James Jordan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Virgil Jordan and sisters Reba Cattorine, Lucille Pitzer, Eileen Guirino and Geraldine Hahn.

Bonnie is survived by her husband of 55 years, Wilbur; their son Scott (Tammy), grandson Zach and her brother Elwood Jordan and sister Viola Hendricks.

To help the family celebrate her life, you are invited to share during her visitation at Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home, Friday February 22 from 11 am to 1 pm, with Life Celebration Graveside Services held at 1:00 pm at Bellbrook Cemetery.

You are welcome to send a condolence or flowers, plant a tree and share a story or picture about Bonnie at www.ConnerAndKoch.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home
    Address
    92 W Franklin St
    Bellbrook, Ohio 45305
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  • Life Celebration Graveside Service

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Bellbrook Cemetery
    Address
    3939 Upper Bellbrook Rd.
    BELLBROOK, OH 45305
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  • Interment

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Bellbrook Cemetery
    Address
    3939 Upper Bellbrook Rd.
    BELLBROOK, OH 45305
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Rebecca Shackelton

Posted at 01:19pm
Dear Uncle Wilbur, Scott, Tammy and Zach,
What words can I say to express the sadness we all feel from our dear Aunt Bonnie’s passing. My heart goes out to you all and I pray you find comfort in all your cherished memories you have over the years.
Aunt Bonnie will always be remembered for her sweet smile, beautiful laugh and generous heart! She always offered you a scrumptious meal when you visited and was always a comfort to talk to. She made me feel at ease, even when I didn’t see her often. She was always the person in our family who made sure everyone was taken taken care of, the glue that kept us all connected.
I am happy you are enjoying Heaven now, Aunt Bonnie with my mom and your other siblings. Rest gently my sweet Aunt! Love you, Beck
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Jeff Cattorini

Posted at 02:13pm
It’s strange the things you remember from your childhood growing up with the passage of time. I remember Aunt Bonnie’s. I went there frequently between the ages of 5 and 9 after my older sister Denise got married. Bonnie lived in a fancy cherry log house that sat high on a hill over looking the river and downtown. The Old Grande Dame of Bellbrook. What was impressive though was not on the outside but the people on the inside. Going to Aunt Bonnie’s was sort of like going to Church. There was a certain unspoken code of behavior. You knew you had to be good because you were visiting GOOD people. Her house was like a church too. Grand. Immaculate. Everything in its place. Filled with niceties like beautiful amber stained windows, Victorian sofas, white round marble coffee tables, giant German Steins and Rosenthal dishes. But just like church, she made you feel like it was your place too. So when you got there, you were greeted, and off you went. Running through every room of the house, out front by the creek, in the back inching your way down by the river slowly so you wouldn’t get caught, or just sitting in the breezeway in the big white wicker chairs- rocking back and forth as fast as you could. Asking for a Coke. One of those small cokes in the glass bottles... the ones that taste better.. sweeter.... Bonnie always made sure you got anything you asked for. Sorta like Church, you ask God for a lot too. Scotty and I would play tag, catch lightning bugs, just run up and down the drive way with the bikes or play hide and seek. I would always try to hide in the living room and go through the front door which was invariably locked and then have to run through the breezeway. Inside was what seemed like a soaring two story ceiling with glassware everywhere. I would try to memorize the position, color and type of every piece before Scotty found me. That way I could tell which were her newly boughten pieces on my next visit. I always started the count with the clear olive green Fenton hobnail shoe to the right of the mantle.
When I was young I was afraid of staying away from home. I was ok at Aunt Bonnie’s though. I stayed in the upstairs side bedroom. I was scared. I would cry because I was away from Mom. Bonnie would come up and rub my back until I feel asleep. Next morning, a big breakfast would be cooked, made to order of course with scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and jelly. Sitting in ornate rose carved chairs with black needlepoint and red flowers. Eating like a king or future queen...
I would get cleaned up and take a shower. I would wonder if anything in the bathroom had ever been used. It looked brand new. No water drop stains, no soap residue. Just like a new home. Even the soap was unused. Yep. Aunt Bonnie was clean. I used to run my hands under the bed rails to check for dust. Never found any.
Looking back over all my education, it’s peculiar. You can teach people a lot, probably the hardest is to teach people to be good. But that is what Bonnie did. You knew that she was genuine, no pretense. She had both a fancy red Corvair and a big Cadillac with a license plate labeled UAT. She tried to convince me thats it stood for You Are Tight- a way of teaching me to be more generous.
50 years later, it’s remarkable what impacts you. I got a love for finer things from Aunt Bonnie, certainly a fondness for glassware, hopefully some small part of her comfort, generosity, and hospitality too.
As I get older I know things for which I am sure ... I know Bonnie is in Heaven with Mom, and Heaven is definitely cleaner with Aunt Bonnie there ... and I am so very blessed and lucky to born in a family that had them both.
I love you Aunt Bonnie.
Jeff
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Carol, Phil, Sara, Jessica

Posted at 01:00pm
We always loved our visits
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Louise Barnett and family

Posted at 12:16pm
With our deepest sympathy.
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Brenda Hemmer

Posted at 02:51pm
Uncle Wilbur, Scott, Tammy and Zach,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Bonnie, you have my deepest sympathy. She was such a wonderful, caring person. I remember your trips to Arizona and how adventurous and happy you all were, it was always exciting when Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Wilbur came to town! May your memories bring you some peace. Love to you all, Brenda
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