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Mary Alice Bonnett “Bootsie”

d. March 30, 2023

Mary Alice (Anderson) Bonnett, “Bootsie” age 87, of Pleasant Plains, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at her son’s and daughter-in-law’s home surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born July 31, 1935 in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of George and Alice Anderson.

She graduated from Springfield High School in 1953. She married William E. Bonnett Sr. in 1954 and he survives. They celebrated 69 years of marriage in January.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, a son, Michael and two grandsons.

Mary is survived by her husband, William E. Bonnett, Sr.; four sons, William Bonnett, Jr. of Ashland, Tom (wife, Lori) Bonnett of Sherman, Richard (wife, Sheri) of Middletown, Daniel Bonnett of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; one daughter, Judy (husband Gene) Brannan of Greenview; 10 grandchildren, Libby Griggs, William E. Bonnett III, Amy Trello, David Brannan, Erin Hicks, Jake Bonnett, Tony Becker, Craig Brannan, Nikki Becker and Sarah Bonnett; 26 great-grandchildren; and an adopted mom and grandmother to many, many others.  One sister, Margie Nolan; cousins, Marlene Morris, Robert Bee, Jim Bee, Barb Thielen and many more cousins and several nieces and nephews.

Mary worked with her husband for many years for Bonnett Heating and Cooling before retiring.

She also loved family get togethers.  Christmas was her favorite time.  She always made sure it was so special for everyone.  Her house was spectacular.  Christmas decorations were in every room and Christmas trees were every room. She was a special lady to everyone.

Visitation for Mary Alice will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 10:00 AM also at the funeral home with Rev. Keith Masten officiating.

Burial will be held at Sugar Grove Cemetery near Sweetwater.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Tom: Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. Although we never met her, knowing you is a reflection of the values she held in raising her children. May she have eternal rest and may each of you find comfort in the many memories she has left behind.

  2. Tom.
    Mary & I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your mother. I hope that you and your family can find just a little solace in knowing she is no longer suffering and is resting in a better place. Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…..It is the price of love.

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. Mary Alice was a special person. We had such fun camping and getting together. So many good memories and happy times. Farewell sweet lady!

  4. Tom, I am so very sorry for your loss. My sympathies and prayers for you and all your family. While I didn’t know your mom, I know she had to have been a truly amazing person. Please let years of sweet memories provide some comfort and some peace. God bless.

  5. I send my condolences to the family. Mary Alice was a very special friend to me and my family for many years. We have so many wonderful memories of the time we shared with her and Bill. vacations, camping, and being called “the Goodtimers”. She always enjoyed life to the fullest and I will miss her dearly. Rest in peace sweet friend.

  6. Bill,
    My condolences on the loss of your life partner. RIP.
    Best wishes to you and the children.
    Thanks to you for your help over the years.

  7. To Bill and the entire Bonnett family our condolences. Mary Alice was a good friend and neighbor for many years. We enjoyed camping, dancing, playing cards,the Strawberry Festival and their family gatherings of which they always made us feel like we were family. May she rest in peace and may your good memories help you through this sad time!

  8. Tom,

    I am so very sorry to hear this. Sending prayers and hugs.

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