Bonnie Gallup, age 67, transitioned from spiritual/physical world to the pure spiritual world on July 11, 2013, leaving behind husband and love-of-her-life Jerry Minshew, family, friends, doctors and staff at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and "Bad Dog" Lorette.
.Bonnie's accomplishments in life were vast and far-reaching, extending from stage and screen to college campuses and the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Daughter of John and Mona Gallup, both of whom preceded her in death, Bonnie was raised mostly by her mother in Long Beach, California. After high school, Bonnie studied acting at California State University-Long Beach and completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Juilliard.
Bonnie loved living and acting in New York, where she performed On and Off Broadway in plays directed by Hal Prince, Dan Freudenberger, Michael Montel, and Stephen Porter. She was a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Her favorite role was Irina in Anton Chekhov's ""The Seagull.""
While based in New York, Bonnie lived in Houston temporarily as a member of the Alley Theatre's repertory company for several seasons working under the direction of Edward Albee, Beth Sanford, and Pat Brown. In 1986 Bonnie was in a performance of ""Stepping Out"" at The Alley Theatre. At noon one day, she went to a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous at Christ Church Cathedral. At the meeting she heard Jerry speak and fell in love with the sound of his voice. Bonnie called her AA sponsor in New York and asked what she should do. Her sponsor suggested that she smile at Jerry. She smiled, and Bonnie moved to Houston permanently in 1987.
One of her regrets at the end of her life was that she did not purchase the tap shoes she danced in while performing in ""Stepping Out"" at the Alley.
In Houston, she built up her film, television, commercial, and industrials credits, performed with the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and taught speech at Houston Community College, retiring in December 2012. Bonnie will be missed by her professional colleagues and her former students.
Bonnie's most significant legacy will be the many women and men she influenced, guided and supported into and in recovery from addiction. She willingly shared her creativity, intuition, experience, strength, and hope for 31 years.
Those who have experienced her presence have been transformed by her love, intellect, sharp yet gentle wit, hussy-ness, and her intense inviting sparkling cornflower blue eyes.
She will be missed deeply and will always be loved by her husband Jerry; her significant daughters Melodie and Merilee; significant sons-in-law Dave and Armando' her granddaughters Amelia and Isabella; her grandson Michael; her cousins Sandy and Rick, and her friend and mentor Francis in New York City.
Published in Houston Chronicle on July 14, 2013