Bonita Illeyne Hallman

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Bonita Illeyne Hallman danced out of our lives on April 19, 2013 at Eastwood Nursing Center in Marquette, where she had resided since 2006. Born January 19, 1922 in Saginaw, MI. to Carl D. Posey and Grace Spring.

But of course, how could someone born of Posey and Spring, have been anything but the breath of fresh air that Bonnie was throughout her life.

Bonnie was small in stature, yet larger than life in personality. She loved expensive clothes, fine wine and her signature “high heels” even in recent years. An extraordinary cook, she loved to entertain, in and out of her kitchen. To be certain, to know Bonnie was to be entertained by her. If you were lucky enough, you experienced her magnificent smile, her quick wit and her elegant grace.

Having graduated high school in East Jordan, MI in 1940, Bonnie was a waitress at the Orchard Lake Country Club in Orchard Lake. She met both of her husbands at a diner she waitressed at in Pontiac. Bonnie married Lloyd I. Hallman on September 12, 1952 and they raised their family in Marquette. In the ’60s and ’70s Bonnie was the ‘light of the Cedar Room’ as a waitress at the Northwoods Supper Club. Bonnie and Lloyd retired to La Jolla, CA upon Lloyd’s retirement from the Michigan State Police in 1977, with Bonnie returning to Marquette in recent years.

Bonnie was preceeded in death by her husband Lloyd in 1995, son Kim Sullivan in 1966, and infant son Jon.

Survivors include son, Gary G. Sullivan, (Julie) of Tucson, AZ, son, Craig M. Hallman, Marquette, and daughter Trace L. O’Connor, Marquette. Grandchildren, Torrence (Andrea) Sullivan, Rachel H. Bennett, Mackenzie,(Jeff)Schoolmaster Trevor(Beth)O’Connor, Grace O’Connor and fiance,(Jeff), Britt Hallman, Cassidy Hallman and Kelsey Hallman. Five great grandchildren. Sister Ila Gene Jackson, Idaho. The family’s gratitude also extends to Sue Luokkala for her love and care for Bonnie in her final years and her family of care givers at Eastwood Nursing Center.

No services will be held. (But if you were touched by Bonnie, please raise a toast to her.) Bonnie will be interred with Lloyd at National Cemetery Fort Rosecrans, Point Loma, CA.