Bonnie Eileen Braden

October 19, 1947June 10, 2014

BRADEN, Bonnie Eileen (Dunn), 66, died June 10, 2014, at Tampa General Hospital after a four month battle with cancer. “Bonnie was a person who lit up the room when she came in. Her laugh was infectious. Her joy was unbounded. She loved her kids and grandkids and every person she met. Most important, she loved God just as God loves all of us.” Bonnie loved family activities, her church, her exercise classes, and her tennis league. She loved on her children and grandchildren continuously. She found a reason to celebrate everything and be involved as much as she could. She played many roles: team mom, Girl Scout leader, PTA president, baseball fanatic, Stepping Stone volunteer, church volunteer, seamstress, school classroom volunteer, gourmet chef, traveler, ultimate party planner. Of all the things Bonnie did, she treasured being a mother and grandmother the most. Bonnie was born October 19, 1947, in Cooperstown, NY to Stephen Farrar and Claire Hortence (Murray) Dunn II. She married John W. Braden Jr. (Jay) on January 22, 1967, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Purdue University in 1970. Bonnie and children accompanied Jay as he served in the United States Army, moving 23 times around the world in 29 years. An assignment to United States Central Command brought them to the Tampa area in 1988, and they lived in Valrico until Jay was reassigned to Virginia. Following Jay’s retirement from the Army in 1996, they moved to Tallahassee where Bonnie worked for five years at Florida State University in its Claude Pepper Center coordinating lifelong learning programs for the community. When Jay took employment with Stetson University, they returned to their home in Valrico. In addition to her husband Jay, she is survived by four amazing children, daughter Karen; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Steve; daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Rusty; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Natalie; nine grandchildren: Savanah, Seth, Braden, Skyler, Daylin, Sydney, Benjamin, Everett, Charlie; brother, Paul Dunn (wife Dorothy) of Buxton, North Carolina; and sister, Kim Tennant (husband Troy) of Ormond, Florida. Bonnie was preceded in death by brothers Steve and Murray, and sister Jean. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida, on Friday, June 20 at 2 p.m. Viewing at that location will be from 1:00 to 1:45. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.


  • Visitation Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 20, 2014

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Robert and Jennifer Daniels

June 20, 2014

We want to express our sorrow at your loss. We loved to be around Bonnie and will never forget the joy and energy with which she lived her life. Our prayers are with you.

June 18, 2014

The world will miss Bonnie's smile and take-charge attitude. She was always so much fun to be around. She truly did love her God. May you find comfort in the outpouring of love for your family during this time. Everett and Jan Morrow (Valrico, FL)

June 15, 2014

Sorry for your loss COL Braden. God bless you and your family.
Marcia Whitley
ATSC Fort Eustis, VA

colette moore

June 13, 2014

So sorry to learn of Bonnie's passing, and please know of our concern and prayers on your behalf during this sad time. Praying that you will lean into the loving, all encompassing arms of our Lord Jesus and allow His peace and comfort to sustain you as you grieve ......In His love, Autry and Colette Moore

Wendel Stafford

June 12, 2014

Mrs. Bonnie was a godly, caring, loving and compassionate Saint, who always reached out to others and had smile as bright as a star. Her family walks in her ways and touch many lives! Honored to know Mrs. Bonnie and her loving family.

Wendel Stafford and Family

Ron and Pam Lewis

June 12, 2014

Oh the joy that floods my soul. He touched me and made me whole. Praising God that Bonnie is whole again. Our prayers are with each and everyone of you.