Bonnie Mae Exum
November 10, 1925 – April 21, 2021
Bonnie Mae Exum (Herod, maiden name) was born on November 10, 1925 in Houston Texas. She lived a long and healthy life of 95 years until a recent stoke caused her health to decline.
On January 6, 1944, she married the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Exum. They lived in the San Fernando Valley until 1976, then moved to Anaheim Hills in Orange County, California where they lived in their ‘dream house’ for the remainder of their lives.
Bonnie’s career started in the banking business, then she went on to sales of motor homes with her husband. Before retirement, she enjoyed working at Disneyland in the costume department, and then at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda.
She loved music, and studied piano and singing at Pierce College and spent several years touring with a woman’s choral group known as the “Marionettes”. Her love for gardening shined in her pride of growing flowers. She enjoyed being a ‘Brownie” leader to her daughters and was also involved in Cub Scouts with her son. Her love of animals lead her to rescue a few ‘stray’ dogs and cats throughout the years.
Bonnie and Bob were influential in the groundbreaking and starting up the First Baptist Church of Canoga Park, CA. during the 1950’s. They were active in the community and long standing members of Kiwanis Club of Woodland Hills.
For over 20 years, Bonnie accompanied her husband Bob on many of their volunteer trips throughout Southern California entertaining in nursing homes and orphanages. She loved family camping trips and the outdoors, and took great pride in one of her most memorable trips as she rode down the rapids on the Colorado River.
She had many friendships that were sustained well into her 90’s and often celebrated with family and friends, hosting parties in her home. Her 90th surprise birthday hosted over 50 family and long time friends
Although she lived out an exciting and loving life with her family, it was not without tragedy. In 1976, her only son, Bobby was killed at the age of 21. She lost her daughter, Judy at the age of 56. And a tragic event took the life of one of her granddaughters a few years ago. She is survived by her only living child, Lynne Logan. With her deep faith, she was able to overcome her life’s struggles and became a role model on ‘never giving up’. She believed that everything in life has a ‘season’. She lost her husband, Bob, in 2012, when he was 90 years old. She was able to live out her life comfortably in Anaheim Hills.
She is survived by one child, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Bonnie will be remembered for her quiet humor, ability to laugh at herself, her soft demeanor, and the gift of encouragement and comfort she gave to others. She was a role model of a forgiving heart, love of her family, and dedication to her husband of almost 70 years.
Her last days were peaceful, still able to sing and laugh. She passed with family by her bedside holding her hand. Soft music and prayers filled the room, while praising God for the wonderful life she lead. All are welcome to leave a message on her Memorial site.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Bonnie Mae Exum
May 14, 2021
We were neighbors of Bonnie's daughter, Lynne for many years. We met Bonnie through her daughter, Lynne, some time in 2009. I never knew her background but all she did explains why her family was so successful. She was so dedicated and loving to her husband and set an example for all women. She always laughed easily and had such a beautiful heart. Her life was a gift to her family and we will always remember her fondly.
May 14, 2021
Bonnie will always have a special place in my heart, she was there for me when my mother passed & told me I would always be her adopted daughter & l would always call her BonBon from that day on. l will cherish the so so many memories we had together, so until I have to take that long lonely walk I hope to see my BonBon& the rest of my family. Miriam 💕
May 10, 2021
Bonnie's husband Bob meet my father Junie Avey in Jr College before WWII. They were like Aunt and Uncle to us and best friends to our parents Mary and Junie. We had many great times as our families went on many adventures, camping, spending holidays together. They were very special and will bring us joy with our wonderful memories! Whenever I see white gardenia's I will be reminded of the love Bonnie and Bob had for each other, their family and many friends. Love you! Junette
Vincent and Brenda Nardolillo
May 9, 2021
My special memory when I think of Bonnie is her quietness and smile.
When we talked I felt her presence, she engaged and I knew she was seeing me which gave a sense of peace and a desire to stay and converse with her.
Vinny enjoyed reminiscing with Bonnie about her life. Sharing pictures she cherished and sharing her memories. Her gentleness gave a sense of peace. He enjoyed her sense of humor too.
Bonnie was a very precious lady who will be remembered with a smile and warm feelings.
May 8, 2021
Bonnie... if you met her you could never forget her. She came into my life because she was featured in a video I helped to make entitled "The Last Gardenia". It captured the endearing story of her chance meeting of future husband, Bob, on the eve of his active duty in World War II. During the years that followed, another video was created that honored their everlasting love as his health began to decline. Then, I was asked by the family to gather together their photos and films and create videos of those memories. Those images opened my eyes to the incredible journey her family had experienced. Bonnie was a woman of beauty, grace, forbearance and devotion. I was blessed to have a brief glimpse of her meaningful life.
May 7, 2021
HAVING BEEN A LONGTIME FRIEND OF LYNNE IHAVE ALSO KNOWN BOTH BONNIE AND BOB. BOB USED TO SEND ME THE MOST WONDERFUL HAND PAINTED CHRISTMAS CARDS .
I DIDNT KMOW SHE WAS A SINGER BUT I CAN BELIEVE IT AS HER DAUGHTER IS TALENTED IN SO MANY WAYS. SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND YES I DO REMEMBER HER BIRTHDAY PARTY .. SHE STILL LOOKED WONDERFUL AT 90.
May 5, 2021
You are now amongst the angels,
Flying high above the sky
With your love still watching over us, your spirit will still be with us.
I will never forget you.
You meant so much to me, Lynne and our whole family.
We will speak to you in heaven,
And in our days here, we will always be reminded
of your life, and how you touched so many people in so many ways, and
how you shared your love to everyone.
You are the Mother in Law I loved from the day we met.
May the light of our best memories
Guide you on your way.
Until we all meet someday.
May 5, 2021
Mom, I'm sure Daddy was there in Heaven greeting you with a single white Gardenia as he did on the first night he met you in Houston, Texas. As I stood by your bedside and held your hand, nothing could have prepared me as I watched you take your last breath. I played the song "Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this Place", and Rich and I prayed through our tears -- then I kissed you for the last time until I see you again. But for now, your'e dancing with your soulmate to your song, "Stardust". I thank God He chose you as my Mom. I love you.