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Bonnie Thomas

December 31, 1943 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Bonnie Thomas Obituary

Bonnie Thomas, 79, passed from this earth and went to her heavenly father on December 26, 2023 at Baptist East Hospital in Louisville after suffering a stroke.
Bonnie was born on December 31st, 1943 to the late Woodrow and Lillian Hupp in Louisville, KY. She grew up in Bloomfield and graduated from Bloomfield High School, where she was a cheerleader.
While in college, she married the love of her life, Eddie Thomas, on April 14th, 1962 while they were both students at Eastern Kentucky University. She then graduated from Spalding University with a degree in Education.
Bonnie was retired from Nelson County Schools after having taught 26 years; mainly 3rd grade at Chaplin Elementary. Throughout her teaching career, she touched the lives of many students, and formed close bonds and relationships that remained throughout her life. Many students kept in touch and expressed to her family that she was their favorite teacher. Her classroom was a place of joy and learning due to her warmth and kindness, and her light will continue to shine on in the hearts of those lives she touched forever.
Bonnie had a beautiful singing voice, and for many years, took great delight in singing in the church choir until her health no longer allowed her to do so. She also enjoyed singing in the Bloomfield Tree of Life for many years.
She was a 33 year breast cancer survivor, and volunteered as an outreach to breast cancer patients for many years. Bonnie also helped start the Nelson County Relay for Life chapter, as she wanted to help others battling cancer as she had.
Throughout the years, Bonnie enjoyed many activities with her friends and family. She was a member of the Town & Country Homemaker’s Club (or “Homebreaker’s Club” as many of the husbands jokingly remarked.) She was very creative and enjoyed making floral arrangements and crafts, as well as watching University of Louisville basketball and football games.
After retirement, before her health declined, she and Eddie enjoyed spending winters at their place in Bradenton, Florida, which her family lovingly refers to as “The Florida House.” The whole family made many wonderful memories with her there.
Bonnie was truly a bright light in the lives of all who knew her. She continued to always be concerned about others, even after her own health declined. She was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Bardstown, and enjoyed and loved the fellowship of her church community.
Bonnie was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and the best Nana to her Grandkids and Granddogs. They all will carry her spirit in their hearts forever, knowing she will always be with them.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 61 years, Edward “Eddie” Thomas; 2 daughters, Beth Ballard and Lee Ann Helton (Ricky); 4 sisters, Judy Strange, Betty Seay (Jack), Patsy Schroder (Rick), Jolene Reynolds (Bruce); 4 grandchildren she cherished more than words can express, Benjamin Ballard (Sarah), Savannah Ballard, Landon Helton (Carlie) and Baylee Helton; a sister in law, Mae Atkins; nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; her special caregiver, Janice Coffey, and a host of wonderful friends.

Her funeral service will be 11:00 am Saturday December 30, 2023 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Bardstown, with burial in Highview Cemetery in Chaplin.  Rev. Jim Summers and Rev. Jackie Summers will officiate.  Visitation will be 3 - 8 pm Friday December 29 and 9 - 11 am Saturday December 30 at First Christian Church (D.O.C.).


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Services

Visitation
Friday
December 29, 2023

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Christian Church (Bardstown Cemetery)

Visitation
Saturday
December 30, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Christian Church (Bardstown Cemetery)

Funeral Service
Saturday
December 30, 2023

11:00 AM
First Christian Church (Bardstown Cemetery)

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