Bonnie J. Bagwell

Born June 29, 1924

BONNIE BAGWELL, 86, of Port St. Lucie, FL, died February 2, 2011 at her home. Born in Harrisburg, IL, daughter of Charles E. and Pearl Newkirk; graduate of Ritenour High School in St. John Station, Missouri in 1943, after lettering in Field Hockey in her Jr. and Sr. years. She attended Shurtleff College in Alton, IL, before attending the Ohio State University and graduating with a B.S in Art Education in 1948. She was inducted in Delta Phi Delta National Fine Arts Honorary Society in May of 1948. During her college years, she was an Umpire for Intramural Field Hockey certified by U.S. Field Hockey Association. She started her teaching career in Ashland City Schools, Ashland, OH as Art Instructor and Supervisor of Elementary Art from 1948-1951. She worked on her Masters in Art Education from 1948-1951 at the Ohio State University during her summer breaks. In 1951, she moved to Marietta, OH to teach as an Elementary Art Teacher for Marietta City Schools. She met the love of her life Lawrence Bagwell in Marietta and married him in June of 1952. They were together until his death in 1992. Bonnie taught from 1951 until 1955 when she quit to raise her 3 young children. She returned to teaching in 1967 as an art instructor at the Marietta Junior High School and taught there until her retirement in 1984. While in Marietta she was on the Board of Directors for the Betsy Mills Club, the Women’s Home Board, Girl Scout Troop Leader, 4-H Leader, member of the Eastern Star, former member of Christ United Methodist Church, Women’s League of Voters, and the AAUW. Her love for the arts and teaching continued her entire life; as she loved to paint, restore art antiques to their original form and to educate others on the history of her art antiques. She moved to Port St. Lucie in 1987 with her husband and after her husband’s death she moved to King’s Isle in Port St. Lucie West. She was very active in the development of King’s Isle where she served as President of the Isle of Lombardy Board of Directors and President of Kings Isle Board of Directors. She was also a past president of the St. Lucie West President’s Council. Survivors include two daughters, Dana Bagwell of Manheim, Germany, Gail Bagwell and husband David Fuchs of Hilliard, OH; one son, Douglas Bagwell and wife Sue of Nashville, TN; three grandchildren, Ramona Bagwell Moore and husband Tim of Boston, MA, Jamie Bagwell Gregory and husband Jon of Ft. Meyers. FL, Andrea Bagwell Holmes and husband Ryan of Richmond, VA; and a twin sister Betty King of Ft. Pierce, FL. A Memorial Service will be Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 10AM at the Aycock Funeral Home Chapel in Port St. Lucie, FL Inurnment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Fort Pierce, FL Memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34981. Arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, FL. Please visit and sign our guest register book at


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Susan (Spicer)Adkins

February 13, 2011

Mrs. Bagwell was my art instructor in junior high school @ Marietta. A wonderful woman, and an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed, and fondly remembered. My prayers go out to her family during this difficult time.

Susan (Spicer) Adkins
(Columbus, Ohio)

Karen DeLong

February 12, 2011

To Doug,Dana,Gail and family
Richard and I taught with Bonnie at Marietta Junior High School in the 70's and 80's.
We always enjoyed her sense of humor and outlook on teaching.
We had been keeping in touch at Christmas time and were sad to hear of her declining health.
Bonnie was a very special lady.
With deepest sorrow and sympathy,
Karen and Richard DeLong

Karla Coffman

February 11, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Joanne Naeser

February 11, 2011

Sending our deepest sympathies.
Joanne Naeser and family

Mindi Ford

February 10, 2011

Mrs. Bagwell was my art teacher at the Marietta Junior High in the early 1980's. She was such a sweet, wonderful woman. There are many memories running through my mind right now...all of them making me smile...but I think my favorite has to be when we did an art show filled with our pottery collections. Mrs. Bagwell always saw the students who loved art, such as myself, and made us feel special. She always gave a gentle push for us to do more than what we might have normally given. While creating my pieces of pottery I chose to make small animals..turtles, ladybugs, dogs, etc. At the art show she placed my animals inside clear plastic boxes to "protect" them. I really thought I was I still have some of these critters...the green turtle with the black top hat sits on my desk as my favorite paper weight. I have continued my love for art for all these years, and I hope she would be pleased to know I too chose it as a career path. Thank you Mrs. Bagwell! What you gave me is a beautiful gift. Not one that can be purchased, but one I have carried in my heart for decades. You were loved and will be missed.

Lynn Southwick Oster

February 10, 2011

Mrs. Bagwell was my art teacher in middle school in Marietta, Ohio in the mid 80's. I used to stay after class and help her clean the art room. At the end of the year she gave me a blue glass Fenton bunny for helping her throughout the year. The bunny now sits on a bookshelf in my dining room and everytime i look at it i think of her. She was a wonderful, patient teacher, and one i will always remember.
Lynn Southwick Oster

John Karas

February 10, 2011

I taught with Bonnie at Marietta Junior High. I always enjoyed talking with her, and really enjoyed seeing the projects she had the students working on.

My condolences to the family.

Dee Hollen

February 10, 2011

My name is Dee Hollen, I had Mrs. Bagwell as my Junior High art teacher in Marietta, Ohio. I will always remember how much patience and Love she had for her Art. She will truly be missed by ALL that knew her.

john jones

February 10, 2011

Best Art teacher I ever had. You will be missed.

February 10, 2011

Bonnie Girl,

You will always be in my heart. I will always remember the stories.

Love you,