Durango resident Bonnie Jo Ferrell died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Four Corners Health Care Center after a long battle with cancer. She was 85.
Mrs. Ferrell was born Feb. 6, 1927, in Marion, Ind. to Lester and Lydia Van Camp. She graduated from Centerville High School in Wayne County, Ind., and attended New Mexico Western University in Silver City, N.M.
On April 13, 1949, she married Jack F. Ferrell in Silver City, N.M. The couple moved to Durango in 1966 and lived on County Road 203 for 46 years.
Mrs. Ferrell spent 40 years as a bookkeeper and office manager in the real estate and construction industries. In the early 1970s, she and Mr. Ferrell developed Lone Pine Mobile Park, which Mrs. Ferrell managed until a few years ago.
She was actively involved with the Hermosa Sanitation District from its beginning, spending the first two years as a volunteer and another 23 years as a board member.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 35 years as well as a member of Animas Valley Garden Club. A devoted Methodist, Mrs. Ferrell attended First United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed swimming laps at the pool and gardening in the summer and loved working with her rose bushes, her family said. She was an avid baseball fan, and one of her favorite activities was attending spring training games in Arizona.
“Bonnie enjoyed spending time with family and friends and traveling around the U.S. with Jack seeing new places and landmarks in their camper truck,” her family said. “She was the star that brightened so many lives.”
Mrs. Ferrell is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jack F. Ferrell, of Durango; son, Renn F. Ferrell, of Durango; brother, Paul Eugeane Van Camp, of Naples, Fla.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Hood Mortuary Chapel. Chaplain Earl Caudill will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.