Howell, Edwards, Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors
1350 Commercial Street SE, Salem, OR
Bonnie Jean Peacock
February 27, 1936 – July 15, 2020
Bonnie J. Peacock, 84 of Salem, Oregon passed away Wednesday, July 15th 2020. She was born in Pocahontas, Arkansas on February 27th 1936. She moved to Arizona where her father found work when she was still a small child, accompanied by her mother and older brother and two sisters.
Bonnie was a lifelong member of The Church of Christ and met Ted R. Johnson at church in Somerton, Arizona. They married in January of 1953 and started a family. She settled in Salem, with her three boys, ages 13, 11, and 1, where she and her husband divorced for the second time three years later.
Bonnie worked at various professions including Bank Teller, Cashier, Assistant Director of a ward of several mentally challenged children at Fairview, was a Nurse’s Aide, a Care Giver in Elderly Care Homes, Line Worker in canneries, and a Laundry Lady, but the majority of her life was spent as a Professional Clerical Assistant for Insurance Investigators, Legal Attorneys Offices, The Oregon State Elevator Licensing and Inspection Department, and a Judge. She always had sparkling reviews and letters of recommendation from employers. Equipped with her IBM Select Typewriter, at 120 words per minute, she could output documents faster than most people could take shorthand. Her fingers a blur, the ball striking the roller sounded like a machine gun as she read from notes never looking at what she was typing until the page was done.
Her primary career, was that of Mother. She had a nearly magical ability to make any child feel like they were the most important thing in the world, unique, treasured and loved, while simultaneously teaching them appreciate all that they received in life. She would think nothing of quitting a job at the drop of a hat to go help one of her children or grandchildren whom she felt needed her.
She was highly intelligent, energetic, passionate, proud and generous to the point of being self-destructive. Admired by many as an angelic person, she had the reputation of being a ‘spit-fire’, capable of instantly becoming surprisingly intimidating for such a tiny lady. Heaven help anyone she so much as suspected of being a danger to her children or their children, or any of her line of offspring. Later in life she married her second husband, Chief Warrant Officer Charles "Chuck" Peacock of the Oregon National Guard, in August of 1979. He proved to be the man she had always hoped for. Bonnie’s hobbies included church, family, tennis, beautifying the flower beds, keeping tabs on everyone, and long walks – being “Out and About,” as she would say.
Bonnie is survived by her two younger sisters, Helen and Suzie; her sons and their wives, Theodore and Vicki, Michael and Kim, and William; her grandchildren and spouses, Scott and Mindy, David and Michelle, Tiffany, Dylan, and RJ; and great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Blake, Max, Sawyer, Clayton, Ashley, Kendra, Shyleen, Alexander Makayla, Marcus, Skylyn, Christopher, and Taylor (Chongo); followed by great-great-grandchildren, Carter, Alayna, Sutton, Harlow, Camron, and Antonio.
Cremation arrangements have been made with Howell, Edwards, Doerksen Chapel of Gardens. In respect of Bonnie having been a ‘private person,' the family is not holding services.