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August 29, 2018


Bonnie Jean Shirley
January 25, 1937 - August 28, 2018

Bonnie Jean Shirley was a native of Kentwood and resident of Denham Springs. She died at 6:48 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at Golden Age Nursing Home, at the age of 81.

Bonnie was a graduate of the Gilfoy School of Nursing, affiliated with Baptist Hospital, Jackson, Ms., in 1959. She retired from Methodist Hospital, Houston, Tx., where she worked with Drs. Michael Debakey, George Noon and Manus O’Donnell in the Cardiac Cath Lab and PACU during the decades when revolutionary scientific advances were being pioneered in cardiovascular surgery which became standard practice worldwide.

Visitation will be held at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, La., Sat., Sept. 1, from 9:00 a.m. until the religious service at 11:00 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Don Turner, First Baptist Church of Kentwood, interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood.

She is survived by her sisters, Vernice Cook of Brookhaven, Ms., Delores Shirley of Denham Springs, La., and Catherine Middleton of Terry, Ms., and brothers, James Shirley of Baton Rouge, La. and Harmon Shirley of Brookhaven, Ms., as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents J. H. and Nora Dunnam Shirley, sisters Elsie Vest and Inez Stephens, and brother Vernon Shirley.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Golden Age Nursing Home for the wonderful care extended to Bonnie.

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