Bookhout Funeral Home

357 Main St PO Box 612, Oneonta, NY


Bonnie Jo Farmer

February 10, 1933May 25, 2019

Bonnie Jo Farmer, 86, of West Davenport, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.

Bonnie was born on February 10, 1933 in Evansville, Indiana, a daughter of the late Genevieve Runau. It was there that she met the love of her life, Melvin Farmer. They were married in Evansville and have celebrated 64 years together.

In the early 1960’s, the Farmers moved to upstate New York. After residing in several local communities through the years, they settled in West Davenport. She found fulfillment working as a waitress at the Woolworth’s store in Oneonta. Later on, Bonnie and Mel opened their own restaurant in the Southside Mall in Oneonta, naming it Bonnie’s Restaurant. In addition to running the business she also waited tables there, enjoying the customers that came in. Following the closure of Bonnie’s, they opened Mel’s Snack Island in the mall, serving various snacks and “quick meals”.

Bonnie was a very influential person and a fixture at the River Street Baptist Church, serving as the Sunday School Superintendent and was Rev. Mel’s “right hand”, taking care of all of the day to day business duties. She was also a member of the choir. Bonnie also enjoyed helping Mel with his Gospel Hymn Request Time radio show through the years.

In her personal time, Bonnie loved to sew. She made many of her children’s clothes and clothes for their dolls and later made clothes for her grandchildren. Bonnie was also quite the artist and had a particular talent for drawing. Above all, she had a great love for her family and treasured all the time she spent with them.

Her family will always remember Bonnie as a very special person with a huge heart. She never met a stranger and was a friend to anyone who ever needed one.

She is survived by her loving husband, the Rev. Mel Farmer; her children, Jennifer (Timothy) Peet of Texas, Melody (Bill Leonhardt) Farmer of West Davenport, Lisa (Daniel) Wenck of Fly Creek and Paul (Lisa) Farmer of New Hartford; her 8 grandchildren, Kimberly, Rebecca, Natalie (Tim), Amanda (Dan), Christopher (Krystal), Colin (Michelle), Noah and Joshua and her 12 great grandchildren.

Friends and Family may call from 10am to Noon on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta. Funeral services will follow at Noon at the funeral home, with the Rev. Judith Thistle, officiating. A private family interment will take place after the funeral.

Flowers are welcome, however if you would like to make a charitable donations in memory of Bonnie, her family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or visit their website: www.alz.org/centralnewyork/donate.

Bonnie’s family would like to thank the staff of the A.O. Fox Nursing Home for their kind and compassionate care given to Bonnie during her stay, and a special thank you to her caregivers, Teddi Barber and Carol Thayer.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Bonnie Jo Farmer

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Michael Sousa

May 30, 2019

So very sorry to hear of your loss , Our hearts go out to Mel and your family , feel terrible that we didn't learn of this in time to pay respect to you and your family, Glad that your wife / you were able to have many good times with my parents at the home and become good friends .
Mike, Mary, and Frederick Sousa

Pat Cohen

May 29, 2019

Lisa, Danny and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you are going through a very bad time right now but just savior all the wonderful memories you have had with your mother.

Wendy Fisher

May 29, 2019

To Mel, Melody, Amanda and your whole family-I am sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. She touched many lives in her time on earth. May the Lord bring his comfort to you all at this difficult time. May your memories of her bring you joy.