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Bonnie Darlene Zeller


1934 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
December 10, 1934 ~ August 29, 2013
Bonnie Darlene Zeller Born December 10, 1934 in Lyman, Utah
A much loved mother and grandmother, Bonnie is survived by her two daughters and son-in-laws, Jeri and Curt McGinty, Lake Forest, California; Heidi Zeller and Glenn Brooks II, Laguna Hills, California; three grandchildren, Kelley Vineyard, Long Beach, California; Nathan and Kye Vineyard, Reno, Nevada; sister, Catherine Hamilton, Murray, Utah; brother, Raymond Christensen, Salt Lake City; sister-in-laws Ruth Workman and Leah Hyde and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul Dennis Christensen and Genevieve Busenbark Christensen; her husband of 49 years, Freddy; brothers Arwin and Orrin; sisters, Betty Christensen, Genevieve (Gene) Laufle, Edna Lanman and Doris Dawson.
Bonnie was a very shy and sickly child. In spite of being favored by her father and against her mother's wishes, she left home at the early age of 16. She moved to Salt Lake City and worked several different jobs to make ends meet: nurse's aide, psychiatrist's assistant, drug store clerk. Her most memorable position was working for KSL television. Money was scarce and many times she went hungry. She eventually moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, met and fell in love with Freddy. Bonnie married John Fredrick Zeller on April 9, 1956 at the courthouse in Las Vegas, Nevada. They moved to Inglewood, California and lived there until 1974 when they moved to Garden Grove.
Bonnie had a passion for cooking. She enjoyed trying out new recipes on her family. She had a great sense of humor and wit about her. Her family and many friends enjoyed her company and would spend hours with her talking about anything and everything. If anyone needed help, she was always there to lend a helping hand. She was a great caregiver. She loved reading, doing crossword puzzles, playing board games, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. While living in Garden Grove she took an interest in birds and owned several parrots, cockatiels, and parakeets. She would nurture and rehabilitate wild birds that fell from the nest or were injured. She became known as the "Bird Lady of Garden Grove". Bonnie had a great curiosity for science and nature.
After Freddy's passing in 2005, her memories started fading in what were the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. She passed away peacefully on August 29, 2013 from this debilitating disease.
There will be no services based upon Bonnie's wishes.
Published in Deseret News on Sept. 4, 2013
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