Bonnie Bailey Shelley McCracken

  • "Don, my heart is with you now; Gene told me about Bonnie..."
    - Frances Shofner
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    - Phyllis Greenwell

Bonnie Bailey Shelley McCracken, age 68, surrounded by family, peacefully passed into the arms of our Lord, on March 24, 2012. She was born to Bonnie Bailey and Charles Waco Shelley on Christmas Day, 1943, in Beaumont, Texas, and graduated from Beaumont High School, where she was a proud Purple Queen. Bonnie had been associated with the American Real Estate group as a professional Realtor for twenty successful years, until her retirement in 1998. She loved real estate and decorating and could often be found on her computer assisting family and friends or just having fun staying in touch with the marketplace. Bonnie also loved gardening and relaxing outdoors, especially at her beautiful home in Crystal Beach, and later at her new residence on the golf course at Bentwater Yacht and Country Club, on Lake Conroe in Montgomery, Texas. Bonnie was always a very active member of the community and until recently was deeply involved with the Bentwater Ladies Organization, the Bent- water Garden Club and numerous other local activities. She was a collector of friends, a student of people, and a consummate listener. She relished meeting new friends, learning their life story, and discovering just how much she had in common with them. She was justifiably proud of her girls and their personal and professional successes and in their truly amazing work ethic, and of her husband, Don's many life accomplishments. Bonnie was never one to tout her own numerous honors and successes, but rather preferred to let those around her shine. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Bonnie Bailey and Charles Waco Shelley; her much beloved sister, Luellen Sissy Newton; and her sister-in-law, Robbie Jo Catalano Stephens. Survivors include her loving husband, Donald H. Don McCracken of Montgomery; devoted daughters, Cheryl McKinzie and partner, Kim Cornealius of Tyler, and Charlotte Singleton and her husband, Mike Calcote of Frisco; son, Donald H. D.J. McCracken III of Destin, Florida; grandson, Garrett Singleton of Frisco; mother-in-law, Ruth J. Catalano; brothers-in-law, R. J. Joey Catalano and his wife, Kathy, and Bob Newton, all of Beaumont; niece, Bonnie Neale Self and her husband, Joe of Albuquerque, New Mexico; nephews, Robbie Newton and his wife, Fara, and Wyatt Newton and his wife, Brenda; and a host of neighborhood friends she counted as family. A gathering of her family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Broussard's, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas. Her funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4090 Delaware Street, with interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, Texas, under the direction of Broussard's. Bonnie and her family have requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Brain Tumor Trials, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486 or visit Complete and updated information may be found at:

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Mar. 27, 2012
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