Bonnie Ellen (Otis) Floyd (1949 - 2019)

  • "I'm so grateful to have had Bonnie's wisdom and cheer..."
    - Jenn Ramsey
  • "I will forever be grateful for Bonnie's generous..."
    - Mandy Scott
  • "We are so saddened to hear of Bonnie's passing. She was..."
    - Debra & Maxie Taylor
  • "Bonnie meant a lot to me. She helped me grow up. She taught..."
    - Kim Riddle
  • "Beautiful tribute to a mighty fine lady!"
Service Information
Celebration of Life
Saturday, May 18, 2019
2:00 PM
Cedar Creek Lake
Tool, TX
View Map
Obituary

Memorial service and celebration of life for Bonnie Floyd will begin at 2pm on Saturday May 18. We will celebrate her life on the banks of her beloved Cedar Creek Lake at the fishing and boating pier at the end of Doe Run Road where it meets Shore Line Drive in the town of Tool, Texas.

Bonnie passed away in the morning on Saturday April 13, 2019 at the age of 69. She was surrounded by her loved ones at the time of her passing. Bonnie is survived by her loving partner of 18 years, Deloris "Nubbin" Jones, her son Daniel Floyd of Houston, Texas and his wife Vanessa, her daughter Angela Floyd of Los Angeles and partner Steve Jacobson and her granddaughter, Melonie Floyd of Tyler, Texas. Bonnie is also survived by a brother, Patrick Otis, an aunt Betty Francis Garza and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ellen Francis Otis and father Justin Alton Otis, sister Kathleen Otis Kelley and brother Michael Otis.

A native Texan, Bonnie was born in Edinburg on June 13, 1949. She graduated from Brazosport High School and earned her bachelor's degree at The University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas. Bonnie enjoyed a professional career as a project manager, then found her true love going on the road seeing the country with her partner at her side in trucks and an R.V.

We who loved Bonnie are grateful to have known her as we celebrate her life, one well-lived and so lively. Bonnie's love for and enjoyment of life were shared with all who knew her. She loved her partner, her children and her granddaughter fully and without reservations. She shared her home and heart with a variety of animal children throughout her life. Bonnie was well known as an amazing chef, patient fisherwoman and artsy crafter, she always kept busy creating, learning and giving of herself and her time and talents to those she loved.

There wasn't a garden she couldn't grow, nor a feast she couldn't create from scratch to feed the flocks from near and far. From crafty casseroles to creek crappie, Bonnie was the queen of the kitchen. She was a clever lady of designs, delights and daring. Her giving and loving nature extended not only to those close to her, but to neighbors, friends and beloved pets.

Bonnie loved to host get-togethers with the most beautiful decor that rivaled any New York Fifth Avenue store window, especially for festive holidays. Replete with nutcrackers collected over the years to splendid and sprawling Christmas villages and a delectable spread to gorge upon, Bonnie's home greeted her family and friends with such cozy warmth and always the ultimate hospitality. She loved people. People loved her.

Bonnie was not one to ever sit still. If there was a project to devise and deliberate on, even if it took years, Bonnie was on it. She created memorable scrapbooks, meaningful needlepoint wonders and elegant beaded jewelry. She mastered the preservation and canning of jellies and jams, and the most delicious sweet and dill pickles from her garden-grown cucumbers. From colorful mobiles made of heirloom jewelry to meticulously planned flower gardens reliant upon outdoor rainwater collection, she tackled and accomplished daunting feats that amazed the mere mortals who knew and loved her.

Earth lost a mighty matriarch and Heaven gained a consummate champion! She was a shining light to our family, and she never met a stranger. She would tell you that God was always on her side, lifting her up. We will be eternally inspired by her indomitable spirit, her keen sense of humor and her endless quest for adventure. Her family and friends will miss her dearly. Her laughter, love and light will dwell in our hearts and shape our lives forever.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 5, 2019
bullet University of Texas
Give others a chance to express condolences. Not right now.