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Sherri A. Bonilla

November 10, 1945January 2, 2021

Sherri Ann Goode Bonilla was born in Pecos, Texas on November 10, 1945. She died on January 2, 2021 in El Paso from cancer. She is predeceased by her husband of 25 years, Bill Bonilla, her father Warren Goode, step-father Forrest Walker and uncles. Shine Avary and Bill Trott. She is survived by her mother, Theresa Goode Walker and aunt Bobbie Avary, of Barstow, Texas and aunt, Wanda Goode Trott of Pasadena, Tx and cousin Troy and his wife Myra Deneke in Harker Heights. She is also survived by her loving children whom she adored. Her loving step-daughter, Rita Bonilla Fash and husband Jim Fash of Wilmington, NC; her precious son, Miguel ‘Mikey’ Bonilla, Regina Rubalcava, and the angels in her life, granddaughters Ava Rebekah Bonilla and Chloe Anabela Bonilla and grandson Mason Alexander Bonilla. They loved their ‘Omi’ and spent much time with her doing fun crafts, cooking, playing dolls, playing card games and burping. They laughed a lot! Sherri was known for her kindness to others, no matter what their station in life. She had a soothing and gentle way about her that spoke to others and awarded her many friends and acquaintances through the years. After graduating from Barstow High School in 1964 (in a class of 9) she attended Texas Tech in Lubbock, then transferred to Texas Western College in El Paso where she graduated in 1969. Sherri taught 2nd and 3rd grade for 29 years in elementary schools in the Ysleta School District, first at Riverside Elementary then at Tierra del Sol Elementary. She was loved by students and parents alike. Sherri was talented in many ways. She excelled in interior decorating by always putting just the right touch on everything. She was also a musician spending hours playing her electronic grand piano for family, friends and gatherings. Sherri also painted in oils and had a special knack for color blending. Many of her paintings were whimsical, as she liked that in all ways and forms. Sherri found time to write poems for friends and special occasions. She also sponsored or belonged to several organizations. One being a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society based on helping future teachers. One of the most enjoyable parts of sharing time with Sherri was laughter. She loved jokes, gags and had a keen sense of humor. She never was at a loss for a quip of humor in her daily life. Sherri was a Christian and member of Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She was proud to be a part of the church family there. She will be remembered and thought of each and every day of our lives. Although she is with her beloved dog, Paloma, her surviving dog, Picasso, will continue to look for her with his ‘dulce’ every day. Services for Sherri will be held at Christ Our Redeemer Church, 2500 George Dieter. Services will be conducted by the Reverend Daniel Baumler, her Pastor and close friend. Burial will be at Fort Bliss where she will be placed with her late husband, Bill. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation. She asked for her friends to keep her stories going and to pray for her family. They are small, yet mighty, and will be lonesome. Although she is gone now, she still wants to bring a smile to you. So, her last poem reads… My day has come And one by one You kiss me goodbye The joy on my face Trades for an embrace and Reminds you not to cry For I would just smile And remind you all the while Jesus will take care of me now I am trading places now To continue my journey The heaven on earth you gave me Was a loaner for a while From one heaven to Gods I enter into it with a smile To my children- My regrets in life were few So I ask of you… Live you lives in harmony Show and make me proud Of the parts I helped to develop Thank you for your love Your care your devotion It reached my heart in so many ways & I will carry it forever…. Forever and a day.

  • FAMILY

  • Theresa Goode Walker, Mother
  • Miguel "Mikey" Bonilla, Son
  • Regina Rubalcava, Daughter
  • Rita Bonilla Fash (Jim), Stepdaughter
  • Ava Rebekah Bonilla, Granddaughter
  • Chloe Anabela Bonilla, Granddaughter
  • Mason Alexander Bonilla, Grandson
  • Bobbie Avary, Aunt
  • Wanda Goode, Aunt
  • Troy Deneke (Myra), Cousin

Services

  • Prayer Service

    Friday, January 8, 2021

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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 8, 2021

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Memories

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Tinka Levvis

January 11, 2021

Sherri Ann and I grew up together in the same small town of Barstow, TX.
Therefore, I knew her mother, Theresa, and Aunt Bobbie. Theresa was like a second mother to me and Bobbie worked for my grandad in his office when I was young. Love to you both, Mike and family Rita and Jim
Sherri Ann and I had lots of memories of all the playhouses around my house as I lived on a farm. We had running water in one playhouse called a ditch. We cooked the best mud pies! We had lots of memories of city wide birthday parties, Easter Egg hunts, school , and all the regular children’s activities. No pandemic could have stopped our city wide Halloween Carnivals!
As we grew up and started our journey as adults (did we ever really grow up) our paths would cross many times. Sometimes with me even moving to El Paso going to UTEP and teaching in the area as Troy mentioned in his memories as Sherri and I even lived in the same apartment building at that time. Sherri flew to Hawaii to see me and see Hawaii. She brought me a case of Coors beer along with her suitcases. Isn’t that the type of present everybody brings to their host? One time Sherri and Bill brought me a wooden Pueblo Indian ladder to decorate my house. Bill Bonilla was not really thrilled to carry a 6 foot ladder through the ELPaso Airport, in the plane and through the DFW Airport. What Sherri wouldn’t do for her friends or Bill do for her.,
Sherri will certainly light up the Heaven with her presence. And for the first time in a long time she will be without pain. One of her many talents she had was not complaining of her miseries. Sherri simply smiled and made you feel special as you were the only person who mattered. We were all so
Blessed to know her!
As Pastor said in the service, “See you soon.”
Love you my sweet Sherri and may your new life be without any pain and be marvelous 🥰. We will all keep a helping hand out for your family.
“See you soon, Sherri Ann”. Your friend, Tinka

Fabiana Licon

January 10, 2021

Sherri my precious Angel, l Will miss you and forever carry you in my heart. You were a very special and talented good-hearted person, rest in peace my beautiful lady l will hold on to all my memories with you🙏🙏😢

Edith Bloch

January 10, 2021

Good Bye Sherri. Es war schön dich zu kennen.
Edith & Olaf
Mathias & Andreas
Pinneberg - Germany

Troy Deneke

January 8, 2021

I have known of Sherri since I was a youngster. I found out she was my new cousin when my Uncle Forrest married Theresa. I finally got the chance to meet Sherri in 1966, when I was stationed at Ft. Bliss/Biggs Army Air Field in El Paso. I was attending a Vietnamese language course in route to Viet Nam. I contacted her for the first time and she and her friend Tinka befriended me allowing me a much needed distraction from where I would be going...Viet Nam. The three of us enjoyed cookouts at their apartment, trips over the border to Juarez for fun, dining on Mexican cuisine and margaritas.
Sherri and I reconnected again many years later after my marriage to Myra. The girl LOVED Christmas and decorated her and Bill's home to the "nines". We got to spend several totally enjoyable Christmas holidays with their family, Michael, Regina, their two girls Ava and Cloe, Jim and Rita and Theresa and Bobbie. As we all have come to expect...good food, drinks and family...never to forget memories Myra and I will forever cherish in our hearts!!
We've maintained contact over the passing years and when I would call Sherri or she would call me, she always had a new joke to share or the latest stories...amazing chats with her grandbabies, Ava and Cloe and on May 12, 2015, Sherri called to lets us know she had been blessed with a new grandson, Madison Alexander.
I know everyone will remember Sherri as a "loving giver", always sharing her talents as an elementary teacher for 29 years in the El Paso area. Giving her all as a caring school teacher to her kids. I am sure she will have a life-long influence on her students.
Sherri is a life long friend to Tinka, Clair and Joan, her Bunco Buddies and her church family. She is a gifted painter/artist, pianist and super talented interior decorator which is on display the minute you walk into her home....it is warm, inviting, friendly and welcoming to a special place....just like our Sherri! Troy & Myra

Rebecca Bowyer

January 8, 2021

Mrs Bonilla was always smiling and I love when she came to the pharmacy. Her smile made my day and I will miss her so much. She will always be in my prayers. Several years ago she made me a Christmas ornament and every year it is on my tree.

Jason Sawyer

January 8, 2021

I have a ton of stories. Sherri was good friends with my mother (they taught together early in their careers) and a close friend to me personally. She was like that aunt who is more like an older sister. Her laugh and appreciation for dry humor endeared me to her.
As sad as I am, I can’t help but smile for having known her. And I am a better person for it.
My heart goes out to Rita and Mike.
Sherri was a loved person. I will always remember her fondly.

Jenelle Echols Mitchell

January 8, 2021

From Canada, I say goodbye to Sherri as she goes home to her Lord.
I am so grateful to Sherri for her lifelong friendship with my sister, Tinka. Their friendship was a sisterhood that lasted without a hitch from grade school in Barstow to their enduring caring for each other throughout life. They even taught together in the El Paso area.
The stories of their antics in Barstow and Pecos are legendary, and I just realized that those adventures and misadventures should have been recorded in a book: Hijinks on the Pecos River.
Sherri's laughter, talents and gracious living are enduring memories for me.
God be with her family and from me to Theresa and Bobbie a special Barstow hug.

Klaus & Irene Neumann

January 8, 2021

our condolences to the familie. We lost a wonderful friend that we will never forget and she will always stay in our hearts.

John and Kay Ivey

January 8, 2021

Seems like I have known Sherri forever. We became friends around 15, roomed together in college and have stayed forever friends. John knew Sherri before we married. They met when we attended a party together and they became best friends. Through all the years we stayed in touch , through yearly visits in El Paso and Pecos. She was the sister I never had and the dearest friend. We both miss her and will carry so many memories of our sweet Sherri.
I can hear her saying I want to play a special song for you. And she always did. Sherri was amazing in every way : a pianist, painter, teacher and friend!❤️

Annette & Ed Orr

January 7, 2021

Sherri was a most beautiful person inside and out She was always fun to be with. A super cook with delicious recipes she shared. A great painter. We have a painting of hers and some poems she wrote. Her interior designs and bright colors described her personality. Always a laugh. She will always be in our hearts and miss her forever

FROM THE FAMILY