OBITUARY

Bonita "Bonnie" Petrus

June 18, 1955April 17, 2019
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Bonita Godwin Petrus, also known as Bonnie, died suddenly on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the age of 63 in her home in Tucker, GA. She is survived by her sister, Merrie Petrus Harding, her brother-in-law David Harding, her nieces Merrie Grace Harding and Leah Bonita Harding and her nephew Dave Harding. A visitation will be held at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 3150 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA 30084, on Sunday, May 5, from 1 to 2pm, followed by a service celebrating her life at the same location from 2 to 3:30 pm. Bonnie will be buried next to her mother and father in Blue Mountain, Mississippi.

Bonnie was born in 1955 in Silver Spring, Maryland to George and Bonita Petrus, and moved to Orlando in 1958 when her dad began working at Martin Marietta. She grew up in Orlando and graduated from William R. Boone High School in 1972. She graduated from Florida Technological University (later named UCF) in 1976. She would boast she had two college diplomas, one from FTU and one from UCF! After graduation, Bonnie worked in Ruschlikon, Switzerland for two years before attending Emory University where she earned her Master’s degree in Library Science in 1979. She began working at AT&T after graduate school and was a Senior Software Engineer with AT&T when she died. She took several leaves of absence to work again in Switzerland and the Czech Republic. She has lived in Tucker, Georgia for the past 30 years, a community she loved and enjoyed.

At 6’4” Bonnie was hard to miss, but if you knew her, it was her engaging personality that would end up standing out the most. She loved people. She loved getting involved, helping strangers and her many friends in unique ways and had the gift of quickly turning strangers into friends. Hand writing personal notes, caring for her cats, and creating beautiful crafts were some of her favorite activities. Her two nieces and nephew were her pride and joy. She had a way of making others feel comfortable with an intuition to know what someone needed to hear to lift their spirit. Bonnie loved the Lord Jesus Christ and spent a lot of time reading, praying and paying attention to her spiritual life. Bonnie would not want us to be sad but would want each of us to live with love for one another and to be full of compassion and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving online in memory of Bonnie to Water is Life Ethiopia at www.waterislifeethiopia.org or by check to P.O Box 540318, Orlando, FL 32854. Bonnie’s well will provide safe drinking water to an entire village and opportunities for girls to attend school rather than spending their day collecting unclean water.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, May 5, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, May 5, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Inurnment

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Kathy Dunnahoo

May 5, 2019

What a wonderful tribute to Bonnie today. You honored her well. She lived her life to the fullest and you could tell she loved her family and friends with all her heart. That is what Jesus said was the greatest commandment of all. To love God with all our heart and to love each other greatly. I think she did both very well. Praying for Gods comfort during this time. ❤️💕

Angie Jefferson

May 5, 2019

I truly enjoyed the friendship of Bonnie and I. I met her nearly 3 years ago (ATT) and she was one of the sweetest individuals I knew. Very compasionate, caring, helpful, and full of great conversations. We talked as good bit at work, sitting right next to each other. We spoke about her love for family, cats, gym life, life as an adult. I truly enjoyed the conversations :-). She will be remembered as wonderful friend of mine.

Nick Johnson

May 4, 2019

I send my condolences to Bonnie’s family. Bonnie was a pleasure to work with at AT&T. May God bless you and keep you during this difficult time.

Julie Mantey

May 1, 2019

Bonnie was a treasure, a very genuine and gentle person. I don’t know that Bonnie would like being painted as a saint, humble as she was, however I hope she knew how much she was loved and how much she helped us all be more thoughtful and accepting of those different than us. I didn’t tell her that enough. I met dear Bonnie at AT&T 20 years ago, when she and her co-workers suddenly moved in around my otherwise quiet spot on the floor. She enjoyed telling that story. I keep Bonnie’s family in my prayers, as I know their loss is deep. The world is a better place having had her here, although for not long enough. Miss you, Bonnie.

John Yavelak

April 28, 2019

I briefly knew Bonnie at work long ago, in the 1980'-1990's, our paths crossed in the I.T. world of AT&T's Alpharetta Data Center, 300 Building, her system was SSS, my assigned ones were SCAMIS, and PROMIS. She was diligently working on the system problem fixes, call "GNAT"'s.

She was a fine Lady, diligent at her work, helpful to others, a fine Co-Worker.

Always smart, good to people, First Class all the Way!

Very Sorry this happened, My condolences to her Famiy!

Mary Stack

April 25, 2019

Bonnie was the bravest person I knew. Whether it was scuba diving or going to decorate eggs in another country with women who didn't speak english. She delighted in the small things and her joy was infectious. I remember all the fun we had at Tall Club events and watching like a proud older sister when she tried her first 'bun' check! She will always have a place in my heart.

Pam Watson

April 24, 2019

I’ve known Bonnie since I came to Atlanta since 1990 at AT&T. Bonnie was the most kindest person I have ever known. She never had a bad word to say about anyone and taught me to listen as she used to tell me you might miss something.

Wishing her a beautiful, Graceful and Peaceful walk on her new journey.

Blessed...

Pam Watson

Bridget Lewis

April 24, 2019

Bonnie was very sweet and kind. When I was new to Flex Force, she was one of the first to welcome me and give me insights on my new team. She always made time for people and was popular in the office. We will miss her presence.

Tiffany Stallings

April 24, 2019

I didn't have the opportunity to get to know Bonnie better, but I wish I had. I first met Bonnie almost a year ago when I first started at AT&T, and she immediately struck me as a kind, genuine person. Every interaction I had with Bonnie over the past year I left in a lighter mood than I went into it... she had an innate gift for uplifting people. My condolences to her loved ones for the loss of such a special lady. We already miss seeing her around the office.

David Cutcliffe

April 24, 2019

Meeting the Harding family while recruiting Dave Harding to Duke had so many great moments with the family but none better than meeting Aunt Bonnie! In becoming our team Aunt during Dave’s playing days she was our very best fan!! Fiercely competitive to win but ALWAYS positive under any circumstance. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. Bonnie may you Rest In Peace with our Lord. Coach Cut

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