A Memorial Mass for Bonnie Jeanne Sullenberger Kelly was held June 20 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Greybull. Bonnie, 89, died June 13 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.
She was born March 8, 1924, in Dutch Flat, Calif., the daughter of Charles Dayton and Hazel Marie King Sullenberger. She grew up in Chadron, Neb., and graduated from high school in Torrington.
Bonnie married Ambrose John Kelly Jan. 9, 1941, at the Pine Bluffs Catholic Church. While A.J. served as a dentist in the United State Air Force, the couple lived on base in Oklahoma City, Okla. After her husband’s discharge they settled in Cheyenne where A.J. practiced dentistry until Dr. E.E. Myers urged him to come to Greybull and take over his practice here. The family moved to Greybull in the early 1950s.
Bonnie assisted her husband in his dental practice until his death in 1977. She then worked for the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher, sheriff’s assistant and then as chief dispatcher. She retired at the age of 70.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Chapter F PEO, BPOE Does, VFW Auxiliary; served on the Greybull School Board and the Northwest Wyoming BOCES Home Board (services for youth mental health) in Thermopolis and supported the Wounded Warriors project.
She also performed as a member of Georgia Coyne’s “Can-Can” girls for Days of ’49 and other parades.
Bonnie was an elegant lady, full of grace. She would help anyone in need and made a positive impact on everyone she met. She had a strong faith and loved the Greybull community. She never let adversity get her down.
Her parents; her husband; one son, Christopher John; one daughter, Denise Jeanne; two sisters; a brother and a grandson, Patrick Sean Kelly, preceded her in death.
She is survived by three daughters, RaeLene Kelly of Greybull, Theresa L. Ray of Joplin, Mo., and Anne W. Johnson of Cody; her son and daughter-n-law, Sean and Patti Kelly of Santa Clarita, Calif.; her sister-in-law, Sue Sullenberger of Casper; 11 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at a later date.
Donations in Bonnie’s memory can be made to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Wyoming, in care of, Big Horn Federal, 33 N. Sixth St., Greybull, WY 82426,