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Bonnie Mae Plowman

October 23, 1921 January 11, 2020
Bonnie Mae Plowman
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Bonnie Mae Plowman, 98, passed away peacefully at New Life Assisted Living Facility on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Not unlike many in the family tree, she had longevity of life. Several of her relatives lived to be 100 or over.

She was actually born as Marjorie Mae Hull in Manistee MI. She was the first girl of three and had a total of seven siblings. Her father, Julius, affectionately called her “Bonnie blue eyes”. Tragically, when she was only 4 years old and her youngest sister had not yet been born, her father was killed in an automobile accident. Her mother Emma, suddenly found herself alone and with 7, soon to be 8 children to feed and care for. After approximately 5 years, her mother made the heartbreaking decision that she could no longer properly care for all her children and asked extended family members to help to protect and care for them. “Marjorie”, along with several other of her siblings were adopted by other family members. At the time of her adoption, in honor and remembrance of her father, Marjorie became Bonnie Mae Fauble. Bonnie was a bit stubborn at times throughout her life and the rest of the family just chalked that up to the fact that she was a “Hull”.

Due to her longevity, Bonnie was predeceased by many in her family including, all seven brothers and sisters (Ward, Ellery “Bud”, Elton, Julius “Jack”, Arden, Jessie and Betty). Along the way she also lost her oldest daughter, Nancy K Luoma, and her youngest grandson, Dale Luoma only last month. In addition, there were also nieces and nephews that have passed before her.

Bonnie is survived by a multitude of family members that include her youngest daughter, Becky Plowman (Lansing), two grandsons Jeffrey Luoma (Angela) of Eagle, Christopher Luoma (Wendy) of Lansing, and Dale Luoma’s widow, Kathy of Holt. She also leaves behind great grandchildren, Christopher Jr, Casey, Ashley, Jenna and Eeva. Then there is another generation of great great grandchildren, Jackson, Grace and Gloria. Being from such a large family there are of course numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews and there are just too many to name.

Bonnie worked 30+ years with the State of Michigan and was the secretary to the State Veterinarian of Michigan. While there, she studied hard, was certified, and became a member of the Professional Secretaries Association. Later, she took on the idea of becoming a real estate agent. Working diligently, she was able to advance herself to become an associate broker and was a graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI).

Bonnie didn’t have much extra time but when she did, she enjoyed bowling, crocheting and giving away blankets to her grandchildren and others. After retirement she spent her winters in Florida where she enjoyed playing golf. Throughout the years, she took the time to save all the birthday cards, Mother’s Day cards and other memorabilia of events of her family. Her daughter Becky is still sorting through all the pictures and has found many that she has never seen before. The remainder of family may also eventually see some photos and articles that have been stored away for decades. One of her nieces has called it a “treasure trove”, and there are several that are eager to see all that is there.

Bonnie decided long ago that she didn’t want a formal funeral and that she wanted to be cremated. Her daughter Becky has however decided that at a date and time to be named in the future, there will be a gathering of all those that wish to participate. That will include the placing of her cremains in the niche of the same wall where her daughter Nancy’s ashes are today and a small way for those concerned to say their goodbyes.

Therefore, in lieu of flowers, it is requested that any memorial contributions be sent to Youth Haven Ranch in Rives Junction, MI or sent to the “In Touch” Ministries under the direction of Dr. Charles Stanley in Atlanta, Georgia.

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