ESCANABA - Bonnie Lee Evans, 74, of Escanaba, was Promoted To Glory after a brief and courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family singing her into Heaven, on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. She was born Bonnie Lee Polmateer on Feb. 23, 1938, in Escanaba, the daughter of Earl and Tillie Polmateer. She was born and raised in Escanaba and was mostly known for being an avid member of The Salvation Army along with her amazing baking skills.
One of Bonnie's greatest joys was sitting around a campfire singing old camp songs and telling "remember when" stories. Being a member of The Salvation Army she wore many hats; including string band leader, secretary, Woman's Ministries chaplain, pasty maker, pianist, bell ringer, Caring Ministries, and most importantly prayer warrior. The apple of Bonnie's eyes were all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren - from watching sporting events to school programs and teaching them how to play ukuleles to baking their first loaf of cinnamon bread. Bonnie's golden rule was J.O.Y. - Jesus First, Yourself Last, and Others In Between and never hesitated to voice that.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her mother, Tillie Polmateer, and her father, Earl Polmateer.
Bonnie Lee Evans
She is survived by: her beloved husband of 56 years, Daniel Evans; daughters, Cindy Williams, Connie (Robert) Porath, Crystal (Clint) Carlson; son, Daniel (Connie) Evans; grandchildren, Audrey (Kevin) Marenger, Michael LeDuc, Kyle (Becky) Williams, Molly Williams, Brock Smith, Brandan Krauss, Marisa Carlson, Maddy Carlson, Macie Carlson, Rodney (Tracy)Porath, Lts. Cassandra (Brad )Burkett, Andy (Cassandra) Evans, Amber Cretens, Libby Cretens, Chloe Evans, Tilli Evans; great-grandchildren, Brenen Lauscher, Cody Marenger, Caylin Marenger, Meghan Marenger, Michael Marenger, Cody Londo, Xavier Porath, Logan Porath, Phoenix Porath, Britain Burkett, Braelynn Evans; sisters, Jackie (Ken) Smith, Marlyn (John) Wellman; brother, Richard (Elsie) Polmateer; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins all loved and cherished by Bonnie; special guardian angel, Dorothy "Dot" Buckmaster.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Bonnie L. Evans will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Salvation Army with Major Ralph Hansen officiating. A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the Salvation Army Fellowship Hall. Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial can be directed to the family. The Anderson Funeral home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.