Bonnie Stevens Obituary

August 13, 1929 - April 17, 2022

Bonnie Jean Gatlin Stevens, 92, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022.

She was born on August 13, 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee to Herbert Gatlin and Willo Jones Gatlin.

Bonnie graduated from Bartlett High School in 1947 and attended business school in Memphis. She married Billy Stevens on November 22, 1951. After relocating to Richardson, Texas, Bonnie was employed by the Richardson Independent School District. She served as a paraprofessional librarian at Berkner High School and a secretary at Richardson High School, retiring in 1992.

Family and friends will attest that Bonnie was a very sweet woman who loved everyone unconditionally. She also loved every four legged animal that she ever met, and gave a home to many of them.

In addition to her parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by husband Billy Stevens and brothers Herbert Gatlin, Jr. and Demoy Gatlin.

She is survived by daughter Kay (Tim) Gilligan, Livingston, Texas; son Clay (Jacquelyn) Stevens, Dallas, Texas; granddaughters Valerie (Michael) Gartee, Dickinson, Texas, Maggie Gilligan, Copperas Cove, Texas; grandson Michael (Anna) Gilligan, Fort Walton Beach, Florida; great granddaughter Sadie Manchaca, Dickinson, Texas.

The family extends their gratitude to Francine Davis and Laura Davis for the loving care they provided to Mom/Granny. We also thank the caring staffs at Twin Rivers Assisted Living and Amity Hospice.

A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel at First United Methodist Church Richardson on Thursday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. If desired memorial gifts can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or Network of Community Ministries ( where Bonnie volunteered many hours of service to her community.

11 replies on “Bonnie Stevens Obituary”

Joy Thomas says:

Condolences to the family on the loss of Ms. Bonnie, such a wonderful, loving woman. Laura, I witnessed first hand what loving care you gave to Bonnie and I know it was very much appreciated. It’s a blessing to know that her passing was peaceful and she was surrounded by love.

James R. Boy (Jim) says:

Miss Bonny is one of the Sweetest persons I have ever known. She loved everyone and I know she has seen Mr. Bill and Jesus. I can’t say anymore. Miss Bonny was just an awesome example of the goodness of Human Beings. She was loved by all who knew her.

Diane Martinez says:

There are no words for the legacy Bonnie has left in our community (Twin Rivers) her shining personality will live in our hearts.

Maureen Gresham says:

Bonnie was such a wonderful person and a great friend and neighbor to my Mom at Twin Rivers. I hope she, Mom, Nancy and Beverly had a great reunion in Heaven. Bonnie was so blessed to have Laura as her “Angel on earth”.

Sue Varcoe says:

So sorry for your loss. She left a wonderful legacy for her family and all who knew her.

Anonymous says:

So sorry for your loss. She certainly left a wonderful legacy for her family and friends.

Sue Varcoe says:

So sorry for your loss. Bonnie left a truly wonderful legacy for her family and friends.

Mary Andre says:

Bonnie was the sweetest person ever and a dear friend to my mother. She was such a loving person, exuded kindness always. I know she is at peace and reunited with loved ones ❤️❤️❤️

Vera Hilliard says:

Bonnie was a kind, loving person. Her friendship was treasured by everyone that knew her and all of us know that she is a bright, glowing star in heaven today!

Joan Gilligan says:

I loved her southern draw .She was the sweetest woman I’ve ever met .I loved her so much .I’m so sorry for Your loss know she was one of the great ones.

Beth (Thomas) Griffin says:

Heartfelt condolences… Bonnie was a sweet neighbor friend with such a southern grace about her. She taught me of kindheartedness by her own example. A live well lived… she will always be thought of and remembered with much love.

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