Bonnie Newell Greaves (1926 - 2016)

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Bonnie Newell Greaves February 3rd 1926 to November 2nd 2016 - 90
Bonnie passed away peacefully in her sleep under the care of Hospice in Fountain Inn South Carolina on the 2nd of November 2016. Bonnie was born in a houseboat on the Miami River and grew up in the Miami area. There she met her husband of 56 years Robert "Bob" Greaves. They called Miami home where they raised their three children.
After Bobs retirement in 1985 they moved to Citrus County Florida. Bob passed away unexpectedly in 2001 and in 2013 Bonnie moved from Citrus County to an independent living facility in Fountain Inn, South Carolina to be near her daughter Sharon.
She was proud of her heritage, her heart was always in Florida but her soul was Irish. Her grandparents called Orlando home where they contributed to the cities arts and civic development. Streets in Orlando still bare the names of family members; Gertrude's walk was named for her grandmother. Bonnie had no secret diet for long life; she was a southerner. The proper way to prepare fish or chicken was fried, southern fried. She loved to cook and her passion was baking; pies, cakes but pastries were her specialty. Guest were always welcome at her table and none left hungry.
Family was important to Bonnie though she said goodbye to her three brothers, three sisters and her husband she found great happiness in her five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She is survived by her three children Sharon Chesser of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, John Greaves of Citrus County Florida and Bobbye Dees of Sanford Florida.
Bonnie enjoyed the ride to Ozello, it reminded her of old Florida. And that is where she will join the ashes of her husband Bob on the peaceful shores on the road to Ozello.
Flowers are not needed to remember Bonnie; she always had a garden. Her home was always important to her, if you wish to remember her give a gift to a homeless shelter, I'm sure it would make her smile.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Nov. 9, 2016