Bonnie was born on Aug. 8, 1939 in Salida, Colorado, to Barney and Lois (Alway) Campbell. Because her father worked as a carman for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, they moved frequently. She grew up at Tennessee Pass, Buena Vista, and Salida. She finished the ninth grade in Salida, then transferred to Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado, graduating in 1958. Bonnie graduated from Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1963 with a degree in elementary education. The next year she taught six grades in a one room school in Craig, Colorado.
Bonnie and Harry Lloyd were married on Aug. 2, 1964 and left two weeks later for the Island of Guam to teach at Guam Mission Academy. She taught grades third,fourth, and fifth the first year, then grades fifth and sixth until a few weeks before Andrew “Andy” was born in 1967. Bonnie then was “a stay at home Mom” until all our children were in school. During summer vacations we traveled to the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan.
We then returned to the United States, living in Lafayette, Colorado, for two years while Harry pursued some more education. During that time our twin girls, Becky and Brenda, were born in 1969. Then a move to Scottsdale, Arizona, where Harry taught at Thunderbird Adventist Academy. Bonnie enjoyed taking the children swimming almost every day. She also led out in primary and junior sabbath school classes. We moved to Michigan in 1977. The girls started first grade and Bonnie taught in the Head Start program for several years. She was also active as a teacher in children’s divisions in our church. During 1982 we moved to Peru, South America. Bonnie taught our children the first year, then our children attended the Wycliff Bible Translators school located about one/half mile from our home.
We moved back to Michigan in 1985. Bonnie finished her master’s degree in reading education at Andrews University and then taught in the Dowagiac school system for 18 years. She especially enjoyed teaching summer school for migrant children that needed some extra help. Her students always enjoyed her classes. Some students who did not need extra help in reading ask to be allowed to join her classes.
Bonnie passed away on March 7, 2020. We were married for 55 years, seven months, five days. She was my best friend. I look forward to seeing her when Jesus returns, resurrects her and gives her a new body. We will be able talk to each other like we used to.
A memorial service that was scheduled for March 21, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely because of travel problems caused by the Coronavirus.
If you would like to make a donation in Bonnie Lloyd’s honor, please send to the Delta SDA Church School, 762 Meeker Street, Delta, CO 81416.