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Bonny Parker

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On October 7, 2019 @ 12:21 pm In 2019,Obituaries | 13 Comments

Bonny Parker, age 74 of Prior Lake, passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11AM with a visitation 1-hour prior all at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake. Pastor Keith Swanson will preside and Bonny will be laid to rest at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Annapolis, Maryland.

On October 10, 1944, Priscilla Yvonne “Bonny” Parker was born to parents Vernon and Rose (Durso) Parker in Annapolis, Maryland. She was the middle child of three daughters. Along with her sisters, Bonny enjoyed growing up a few blocks from the Maryland State House.

At the age of nine, Bonny suffered from Rheumatic Fever and was sent to a catholic convalescent house to recuperate. Like any stubborn Italian, Bonny’s attitude allowed her to recover and return home. During life’s tough moments, Bonny’s determination and good sense of humor kept her going.

Following her high school graduation, Bonny began working. She held a variety of jobs, from working in a floral shop to driving cab. Prompted by her sister’s move, Bonny relocated to Minnesota in 1978. She began working in the gaming industry. She worked at Mystic Lake Casino and Canterbury Park in the publication department for many years.

Following her move to Minnesota, Bonny met Marlene Swanson at Foxy’s in St. Paul. They hit it off and after 35 years together, Bonny and Marlene were married on September 22, 2013. Together, they enjoyed spending time with friends, visiting the casinos, and always having a good laugh!

Bonny was known for her big heart. She treated others with compassion and would lend a helping hand when needed. Bonny was also an animal lover—there wasn’t a hungry bird, squirrel, or cat to be found around Bonny and Marlene’s home. Others affectionately called her St. Bonny of Brunswick Street because of her compassion.

Later in life, Bonny faced many health struggles. Despite heart issues and breast cancer, Bonny kept up her spirits and stayed connected with her friends through Facebook. She was always witty and best described as a “sweet but sassy.”

Bonny is loved and missed by wife, Marlene; sister, Catherine Anderson; other loving relatives and friends. Bonny is preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Rose Parker; sister, Verna Parker and brother-in-law, Dick Bertelson.

Arrangements with Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home & Cremation, Prior Lake.

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Condolence from Kirsten T Jensen on October 7th, 2019 10:07 pm

Marlene/Belle and family,
This news breaks my heart. Bonny was such a hoot and a bright spot in my day when she was with us at St. Gertrude’s. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of tremendous loss. Kirsten Jensen (PT)

Condolence from Belle on October 8th, 2019 9:23 am

Bonny, your smile will always be the sunshine in my life. I’ll see you later.

Condolence from Karen on October 8th, 2019 8:13 pm

Marlene,
Bonny will be so missed be Paul & I, our kids and our grandkids. We will definitely miss her smile and her wonderful sense of humor. She was always a great sister-in-law and wonderful aunt! Remember that we are all here for you if you need us.
Love your sister, Karen

Condolence from Marie Coburn on October 9th, 2019 8:09 pm

My sympathy to all. I’m so sorry.

Condolence from Gayle Isaacson on October 9th, 2019 8:28 pm

My dear cousin, Belle. I’m so saddened to hear this. Although I never had the chance to meet Bonny, I knew she had to be a very special lady for you to love her like you have. I’m sending my deepest sympathy, many hugs and much love to you. I’m a phone call away if you ever need to talk. I love you. May God wrap His arms around you and give you comfort.

Condolence from Stephen A. Konstenius on October 9th, 2019 8:29 pm

Marlene, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I am thankful that Karen posted your loss on facebook and provided me with this opportunity to share my feelings with you. Love and miss you

Condolence from Ruth Morris on October 9th, 2019 9:59 pm

Marlene,
I am sorry for your loss but happy for the time you had together and the memories that you will have forever. I was given this message in a time of loss and it was a comfort. I am sending it to you with the hope it comforts you also.

Gone from My Sight
Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” “Gone where?” Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!”, there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!” And that is dying.
Love you Belle,
Ruth

Condolence from JoAnn Mleko on October 10th, 2019 5:24 am

Belle,
Wishing you peace and comfort. Reading the obituary, I can see that Bonny was a wonderful person. I am so happy that you had such a warm and loving partner in your life. Keeping you close in prayer. Hugs and Love. JoAnn

Condolence from Wendell Dompier on October 10th, 2019 1:31 pm

Condolences Belle

Condolence from Lyn Swanson on October 10th, 2019 3:03 pm

Belle Belle…I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Bonnie. I only met her once at Uncle Chink’s birthday party in L’Anse but I know how much she meant to you. I’m so happy that you found such a special person to share your life with as you have ALWAYS been so special yourself.
I miss you, Cuz..your smile..your “giggle”…May you find some peace during this rough time, Belle Belle…I love you…Cousin Lyn

Condolence from Mimi Clements on October 11th, 2019 3:01 pm

Belle – I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family and Bonny’s family are in my prayers.

Condolence from Ann Clements Ollila on October 15th, 2019 4:06 pm

Belle,
So sorry to hear about your loss. May all your happy memories get you through the difficult times ahead.
Love and prayers,
Ann

Condolence from Judith Ann Matiz Conway on October 19th, 2019 2:46 pm

Dearest Cathy and Family. This morning , my brother Chris texted me that Bonny had died. There are so many wonderful thoughts and fun times we remember in our hometown of Annapolis with her, Verna, Dottie, Eleanor, my sisters Nina, JoJo, and Tete, and you-her and Verna’s beautiful sweet sister. Please give our love to Bonny’s wife Marlene. We will keep each other in our prayers. God’s blessings across the miles and memories we share. Love, Judy (Matiz) Conway and the entire Matiz Family♥️‍‍‍‍‍‍

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