Bonnie Susan Tarrant

September 3, 1943October 14, 2019

Bonnie Susan Tarrant, 76, passed away on October 14, 2019 in Orange Park, FL. Born to Richard and Audrey (Williams) Bond in Hayward, CA in September of 1943. Bonnie attended Ribault High School and was among the graduating class of 1961. She married the love of her life, Jerry Wayne Tarrant I., in Jacksonville, FL in June of 1961. Bonnie is survived by her father, Richard (Jackie) Bond; Her cousin who was more of a sister to her, Carolyn Coleman Sanders; 2 Brothers: Matt (Lisa) Bradford and Eric (Ann) Butterbaugh; 4 children: Amanda Sikes, Amy Stramaglia, Audrey (Drew) Crow and Wayne (Kathryn) Tarrant II.; 11 Grandchildren: Jason (Wendy) LeValley, Virginia LeValley, Joshua (Regina)LeValley, Sara (Forrest) Blair, Richard Tarrant, Katherine (Cris) DeBeer, William Crow, Savannah Ofalt, Rachel (Matthew) Hamila, Sierra Sowder, and Alex Crow; 20 Great-Grandchildren: Jason LeValley, Brett Sumner, Mya LeValley, Wayne Sumner, Lourdes Vargas-DiNapoli, Cadance Lanning, Shyanne Lanning, Marco Vargas-DiNapoli, Mikhaela Tarrant, Mariah Blair, Joshua LeValley II, Luke LeValley, Ansley DeBeer, Emma Blair, Jaxson Tarrant, Garrett Sowder, Arthur Hamila, Evelyn Sowder, Alex Maclean, Owen Ofalt, and Abby DeBeer. Bonnie’s selfless nature urged her to spend countless hours volunteering for her community through various organizations. She and Jerry were active volunteer firefighters in Middleburg in the 1960s and 1970s. Through these efforts they organized and performed community drills to be prepared for emergency situations while also being on call with Middleburg’s first ambulance when the community needed them the most. Her creative attributes were endless. One of which was during her time volunteering for the Middleburg Press in the 1970s, during which time she wrote articles and poems and contributed with artwork and graphics. Over the years, Bonnie was an active advisor and role model for many extra-curricular activities for her children and was a motherly figure to many, always offering a listening ear or hugging arms to any of their peers who needed her. Bonnie also was involved with the Rainbow Girls and Eastern Star, the American Legion, and the Moose Lodge. Bonnie was also a successful entrepreneur through her own business “Nana’s Nest” which was a Wholesale Ceramic Shop in the 1980s and 1990s. Through this endeavor she was able to share her creativity and love for artwork with her community, while also contributing to her family. The family business was just that, with every member of the family working together from start to finish. Many fond memories are shared of her with her mother and grandmother sitting together hand painting pieces for orders. Even after retirement she shared her love of the arts with her children and grandchildren through painting, pottery work, sewing quilts and clothes, and so much more. But her miracle work did not end there. She blessed her family with timeless recipes and cooking skills that she will be forever remembered for. Grannie Sue, as she was known by many, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and so much more. She devoted her life to caring for her loved ones through her unwavering support, unmatched culinary skills, loving advice, compassion, and wisdom. She cared for her mother, grandmother, and husband during their times of need and at one time or another cared for nearly all of her grandchildren on a daily basis. Those that were a part of her life are forever blessed with the memories of her artistry, cooking, selflessness, life skills, and most importantly her love. Memorial Services will be held at Middleburg United Methodist Church 3925 Main Street Middleburg, FL 32068 on November 2, 2019 at 11am with reception to follow. All are welcome. Arrangements by HARDAGE-GIDDENS HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Rd, Middleburg, FL.


  • A Celebration of Her Life Saturday, November 2, 2019


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John Levalley

October 15, 2019

God bless you and your family and my prayers and condolences to everyone