Oct. 27, 1873-April 18, 1929
Sister Bonnette was born at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, Oct. 27, 1873; departed this life April 18, 1929, at the home of Mrs. W. C. Hattie, 1619 Laurel Street, Shreveport. She was married to Rev. A. J. Bonnette, Dec. 6, 1891, who preceded her four years and eighteen days to their heavenly reward. Mrs. Bonnette gave her life and heart to God in early childhood and lived a consecrated Christian life in the Methodist Church until her death.
She was the mother of two children, one son, who passed away just seven weeks after his father’s death, and one daughter, Mrs. W. C. Hattie, with whom she lived until her death. She was a true mother, a faithful wife, and a loyal servant of God at home as well as at church and abroad. She was an ideal preacher’ s wife; much of the success and splendid ministry of her beloved husband was due to her untiring faithfulness to him, to her home, and to the church of God which she loved with all her heart. She never seemed to tire in the service of the Church, she could always find something to do, never idle in the Master’s vineyard, but could always be found gleaning with the reapers even in the heat and burden of the day. She was the president of the Woman’ s Missionary Society of Park Avenue Methodist Church, Shreveport, during the construction of that church, which she watched, worked and toiled with the greatest of joy as the work moved on. Then her attention was turned to the old parsonage, never stopping until it was overhauled and made modern in every respect and well furnished. No! she never stopped until she was forced to lay down the working tools of life, and take her bed, from which she went to glory.
She is gone but not forgotten, her “Works do follow her.” The prints of her fingers are clearly seen in the things she did, and will be for years to come. She went from “Labor to Rest,” for her tools were not stacked up under the shelter of slothfulness and idleness as many are. They did not rust out, but she with her tools were worn out in His service, for she served Him day and night to the end. “Be thou faithful to the end and thou shalt have a crown of life.” This she was.
Source: Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 122-123, 1929