Born in Okemah to James Albert and Retha (Goodman) Farris, Bonnie passed in life 84 years later in Stroud, her home of the past 60 years.
In 1952, she married James Aron Miller. Together they raised three sons, Jimmy, Donald and Bobby.
Along her pathway of life, Bonnie spent her working hours as a seamstress, a waitress, and then for over 50 years, became and remained a full partner with her husband shaping and molding a successful trucking enterprise. In a time that trucking was not known for its women in their role in the industry, Bonnie set the stage and paved the path for others to follow. During this time, she also was very active in both civic and professional organizations.
Of her many accomplishments regarding civic activities, she was a member of the Business and Professional Women and in 1995, was honored as the Professional Woman of the Year. She also devoted many years to the Miss Stroud Scholarship Pageant. Bonnie served over 11 years on the Board of the Stroud Hospital Authority lending her expertise to the growth and development of Stroud’s medical facility. This work, led to Bonnie’s recognition in 2015 as Stroud’s Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Bonnie was also a willing teacher, mentor, supervisor, and friend. Her legacy will be remembered by many individuals that she has influenced through many years.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and five sisters.
She is survived by her husband, James Miller, of Stroud, sons Jim and (Patty) Miller, of Stroud, Don and (Joanie) Miller, of Stroud, and Bobby and (Karena) Miller, of Tulsa. She is survived by grandchildren, Monica and (Mark) Neeley, Tyler Miller, Ashton and (Bob) Schoaps, Blake and (Lora-Shea) Miller, Makenna Miller, Brody Miller, and four step-grandchildren: Marcus, Travis, Richard, and Dillon. In addition, Bonnie is survived by 14 great-grandchildren, one sister Geneva Holbrook, of Bristow, and a brother, Jimmy Farris, also of Bristow.
Funeral service was held at the United Methodist Church of Stroud on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Phil Vinson. Burial will be at the Stroud Cemetery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service of Stroud.