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Bonnie Jean Hill (Medley)

Bonnie Jean Hill (Medley)

February 13, 1934 – June 11,2021

Bonnie Jean Hill (Medley) met her loved ones at the Gates of Heaven on June 11, 2021.  She was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Goldie Vivian Medley (Lewis) and Claude A. Medley.  Her five (5) brothers proceeded her to Heaven. She leaves behind her loving “first” husband John Campbell Hill (JC or Jack), best pal Buddy the Yorkie, daughters Donna D. Hill, Cheryl L. Hill-McQuerry, Jacqueline Hill Brinkmeyer, son-in-law William A. Brinkmeyer and her five (5) grandchildren, Adam, Morgan and Zach McQuerry and Cam and Alexis Brinkmeyer.

Bonnie graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1952 and went to work as a clerk for AT&T.  She met her beloved husband at a USO dance in December 1955.  Despite being from Jersey City, NJ and being significantly shorter than her 6’3”+ brothers, Bonnie married JC on September 21, 1957 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO.  She became a full-time wife and Mother when they started their family in 1959.  Bonnie and JC moved to the suburb of Chesterfield in 1962 where she resided until her death.

Bonnie loved to travel, garden, volunteer and spend time with family and friends.  She was a trail blazer in many areas of her life.  She became a skin donor to help treat burn victims in 1966 long before organ donation became mainstream.  She especially loved to travel and had visited almost every continent, most, if not all, of the U.S. and of course many of the amazing islands of the Caribbean and South Pacific.  She’s ridden camels in Egypt, slept in a tented camp in Kenya with the animals of the wild, walked the trails of Great Britain and France, kissed the Blarney Stone and white water rafted in Indonesia.  But her favorite travel activity was to visit the amazing gardens, nature preserves and parks of all of her travel destinations.  When she didn’t travel with JC she always brought him a tie.  He will attest that he has a very expensive tie collection!

Bonnie was kind, loving and rarely had anything bad to say about any of the people she met in her 87 years.  She will be missed by too many to name.  But she wouldn’t want us to dwell in sadness.  Instead raise a glass of Riesling, Smirnoff Ice or a Margarita (the only alcohol she drank), an iced tea or lemonade and toast to a life well lived.  Bonnie lived an amazing life.

She will be laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in a private service on July 23rd.  A memorial service will be held at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 13765 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO, 63017 on July 24th @ 10:00am.  A reception will follow at Massa’s Town & Country, 14312 S. Outer Forty, Town & Country, MO, 63017 (Woods Mill Center).

In lieu of flowers please donate to one of Bonnie’s favorite charitable organizations:

Ronald McDonald House

Salvation Army

Please RSVP to johnchill3@outlook.com for the Life Celebration.

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