of Mountain Home, AR
April 1, 1950 - May 10, 2020
Bonnie Bobango Brown of Mountain Home, Arkansas peacefully went to heaven on May 10th, 2020 in St. Louis, MO surrounded by loved ones after succumbing to injuries sustained from a recent automobile accident.Bonnie was born on April 1st, 1950 in Memphis, TN to Bonnie and Navy Senior Chief, Charles John Bobango. Since her father was career Navy, Bonnie's childhood was filled with travel. She grew up primarily in Washington, California, and Hawaii before moving to Memphis where her father would ultimately retire. While in Memphis, she fell in love with her own Navy man, Dan Brown, and they married in 1972. As Bonnie was raised with a career Navy father and a mother with a true servant's heart, Bonnie understood the value and importance of service to country, community, and family from an early age. These values stayed with Bonnie throughout her life. She always felt a sense a duty to serve her own community through her involvement with local education systems, entrepreneurship, and leadership all while being a wonderful, supportive wife and mother who created a loving home for her family.Bonnie was always proudest of her work supporting the public-school system. In the early 1980's, while living in Pocahontas, AR, she founded the Parent/Teacher Organization in the Pocahontas School System with the goal of assisting teachers by giving parents an opportunity to contribute to their child's education in a very meaningful way. Upon the family's move to Mtn. Home in 1985, Bonnie built on this model's early success and introduced it to the Twin Lakes area by becoming a founding member of the Partners in Education Volunteer Program in coordination with the Mtn. Home Public School System. With Bonnie's leadership, the Partner's in Education Volunteer Program saw great success and served as a model throughout the state. Today, Partners in Education has evolved into the Mountain Home Parent-Teacher's Organization and remains a vibrant part of our local education system.Following her success in developing Partner's in Education, Bonnie would go on to serve on the Governor's Task Force on Volunteerism in the Public Schools where she helped develop meaningful change for families and educators throughout the state. In addition, Bonnie would continue to serve her local community by being elected to the Mountain Home School Board where she served for eight (8) years and was elected as the first female President of the Board. In 2002, Bonnie was instrumental in developing the Mountain Home Education Foundation, and served as its first President with an objective of developing an organization which would allow for charitable giving to the schools, thereby supporting student scholarships, local teachers, and various other educational endeavors for our community. To date, MHEF has contributed over $2 million dollars in scholarships and teaching grants to graduates and teachers in the Mtn. Home Public Schools. In 2011, Bonnie was honored by MHEF and inducted into the organization's Hall of Honor. Over the last 25 years, Bonnie, along with her husband Dan, served their community through their entrepreneurial spirit by creating opportunities of employment and careers for our local economy. With an extensive background in banking, business, and practice management, Bonnie & Dan combined their talents to create a medical billing company that provided practice management and billing solutions for our local healthcare community. In doing so, Bonnie & Dan created a thriving business which helped support our medical community while providing countless jobs and the resources for its employees to develop a skill set that would equip them with tools necessary for a career in the industry. Bonnie was always close to her business family. Many members of the original team who began this business venture with her over 25 years ago are still with the company today continuing her vision. She truly loved the people she worked with every day and took special interest in many of their lives. She had a passion for mentoring women, sharing her knowledge and experience. Bonnie enjoyed encouraging them in their endeavors, contributing time and resources to help them succeed.Bonnie served her community through several civic leadership positions within the Twin Lakes Area. Throughout her career, in addition to being the first female school board President for the Mountain Home Public School System, Bonnie served on several boards helping affect positive change within our community including: Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce where she served as President and helped develop the concept of the Chamber Foundation; Committee of Performing Arts (COPA) where she helped attract and promote various forms of entertainment to our community; Baxter County Quorum Court for four (4) years helping to implement policy for our community; Peitz Cancer House; Serenity Women's Shelter, and our local Make-A-Wish foundation chapter.Finally, in addition to service to her community through her countless hours of volunteer work and business, Bonnie was a wonderful wife and mother providing a supporting and loving home for her own family. She enjoyed spending time with her family more than anything and found great joy in raising her children alongside Dan as her partner through life. Her greatest delight came from the time spent with her grandchildren. They brought her countless hours of joy and laughter. Those who knew Bonnie, knew her many qualities: a well-organized and quiet leader, a motivator, and a person of high moral character with integrity and big a caring heart. Most of all, Bonnie's service to our community was always selfless without seeking recognition. For this reason, we wanted to take a moment to honor her life by recognizing the impact she had on our community.She is survived by her husband, Dan; daughter Danielle, husband Michael Tolson and son Marcus; son Kirk, wife Amber and their children, Harlynn Bo and Benjamin Bo; her mother, Bonnie Bobango; and brother, John Bobango, wife Lisa, and their children, Allen and Mary Lauren.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either: "Make a Wish Foundation" or "The American Heart Association." Funeral arrangements are being handled by Roller Funeral Home with a service to be held within the coming week and subsequent celebration of life to be held at a later date. Please visit the Roller online guest book at rollerfuneralhomes.com.
RIP Bonnie. I only met you twice at your mothers home but you were a wonderful daughter and a great friend.
Danielle and family...your mom was such a wonderful person who loved her family so much. Please know that I’ve been praying for your comfort during this time. I’m sending you lots of hugs. Please let me know if you need anything. -Carlenya Veasley
Bonnie was a bright light in my Radford High experience. Glad to see she soared like an eagle.
Danielle and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I've only met your mom once, and she was a very lovely person and loved you all very much. I think of you often and my prayers are with you all. Love you.
Kirk & Amber, You & your family are in our prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. Praying peace & comfort over you in the days ahead.
Bonnie was one of the finest people I’ve known. I am deeply saddened by her passing. Bonnie was a leader and a true professional who loved her community. She championed good causes and deflected credit to others. My prayers for Dan and the family.
What a beautiful tribute to such an accomplishment lady. Even though it’s been years since we last saw Little Bonnie when we lived in Memphis, it was evident that she would do great things with her life. She and Little John, also very accomplished, came from quality parents, Bonnie and the late John Bobango, our lifelong friends!! Our love and sincere condolences to the Brown and Bobango families.
So sorry to hearing of Bonnie's passing..she will be greatly missed my prayers are with the Dan and family
If you knew Bonnie, you had an asset in your life. Loyal true friend and always looking out for your best interests...rest in peace, Bonnie. I will miss you.
We were so heartbroken to hear of Bonnie’s passing. Dan and Bonnie were some of the first people we met shortly after moving here. I went to work for Dan in 1992 and worked for him for 4 years until a career change. Have always considered them very dear friends. Praying for Dan and family.
Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss. Please know I am with you through this difficult time. My heart aches and is also full of beautiful memories of Aunt Bonnie. I remember her looking so beautiful on her wedding day and I could not have been happier for any couple! Her velvety and soothing voice, her elegance, grace, and her intelligence, all of which I admired and wanted to emulate. Her joy at becoming a grandparent. With sorrow I regret that I did not get to see her for many years, but I and you have our splendid memories of her. My sympathies to all who knew and loved her, especially her wonderful family!
Please accept our sincerest condolences. Bonnie’s gentle spirit, quiet strength, selfless service, warm laughter, and genuine friendship will be missed greatly. May we all honor her memory through continuance of her good works. We pray for God to comfort and guide you all.
Bonnie was one of the finest people I’ve known. I am deeply saddened by her passing. She loved her community. She was a true professional who championed good causes and deflected credit to others. My prayers for Dan and her family.
Your mom was a great woman Danielle, hold your head high and stay strong. She will be in your heart forever.
So sad to hear of Bonnie's passing. Our sympathy goes to Dan and the rest of her family and friends. She was a great lady who devoted herself to her family, business and community. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her.
Bonnie was such a lovely vivacious woman, and we are glad to have known her. I know she will be deeply missed by her family and her co-workers.
My deepest condolences to the Brown family. She was dedicated to every cause she touched.
Allan and I are sending hugs and prayers to all Bonnie's precious love ones! She was a very special lady!
I had the pleasure of serving on the school board with Bonnie. So sorry for you and your families loss, Dan. We will keep you all in our prayers.
We are praying for your family.
I only met Bonnie a handful of times. But she was a sweet soul. I Was so saddened to hear of her passing. To her mom Bonnie, I would love to be able to give you a big ol hug. I want you to know Im so very sorry for the pain your family is enduring. Prayers for you all.
Bonnie was a special lady. I first meet her shortly after she and her family moved to Mountain Home. We served on the Mountain Home School Board together, during which she was the ultimate professional, concerned for all and ethical example for all of us to follow. The world is a better place because of Bonnie. I considered her as a dear friend just as anyone else who knew her. Prayers for family and friends.
I was honored to set alongside Bonnie on the Quorum Court for four years. She’s one of the finest people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. She will truly be missed. My prayers go out to the Brown Family.
Sisters are very special, and Bonnie appears to fit that description in every way.
I was deeply saddened to learn of Bonnie’s passing. My condolences to you, Dan, and your entire family. May you all find peace in God’s healing hands.
We will always cherish our memories of Bonnie, a smart, even-tempered, gentle, civic-minded, lady who was a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed. We will always regret that we were unable to spend more time with her during the last few years of her life. She was a really special person with whom Dan was fortunate to spend so many wonderful years.
We are praying for you Dan and your family.
Please save the cards for me to pick up when we meet again. Though distance kept us apart physically you along with your family and your Mom and John’s have always been in my thoughts and prayers. Thoughts of our early years together and the visits and conversations we have had will always remain as a reminder of our journey in life. The legacy you have left to this world will richly bless many for years to come. So till we meet again enjoy your reunion on God’s shore with those you have held memories in your heart for so long. Love and prayers as always to those you have left behind and strength to endure with memories of your life.