Bonnie Kay Francis (Buena Vista, CO)

Born: Fri., Mar. 17, 1972
Died: Thu., Sep. 1, 2016


12:00 PM Sat., Sep. 10, 2016
Location: Runyan-Kent Funeral Home Chapel

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Bonnie Kay Francis, 44, of Buena Vista, Colorado passed away on September 1, 2016 in Salida, Colorado.  She was born on March 17, 1972 to John Albert Coles and Paula Kay Briseno. She married Christopher Francis on June 25, 1994 at the Castro Valley United Methodist Church.

Bonnie graduated from San Lorenzo High School in California and attended College at Cal State Hayward where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Fitness. She worked as a CNA, a correctional officer and most recently as an ombudsman at the Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging. She was a member of Colorado Wins and was an organ donor. She won many medals and awards in ice skating and music competitions.

Bonnie had many different hobbies including music, plants (especially roses and sunflowers),  ice skating (when she was younger), and she had a great sense for fashion coordination.  She loved the colors pink and magenta and her favorite animal was the cow.

Bonnie is survived by her husband Christopher Francis, daughter Ashley and son Nicholas all of Buena Vista, CO; mother Paula Briseno and step father Tomas Briseno of California; father John Coles of Arizona; sister Amy Vieira and wife Melody of California; and her service dog, Rowdy.  She is preceded in death by her daughter Chealsey, grandfather Manuel Francis, grandmother Barbara Coles, aunt Silvia Welch and her loyal dogs Joey and Toby.

A visitation was held Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Runyan-Kent Funeral Home in Buena Vista, Colorado.  Contributions can be made to Nick and Ashley’s College Fund, payable to the Bonnie Francis Memorial Fund, Colorado East Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 1620, Buena Vista, CO 81211.

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Vicki Cooper (Richards)
   Posted Fri September 09, 2016
Dear Paula & Amy, I was so very sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. I really don't have words to tell you how sorry I am. I remember babysitting the girls for you Paula and having such fun with them. Putting them in the wrong color sleepers when I put them to bed and forgetting to undress 1 at a time!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Love, Vicki

jeffrey aldridge
   Posted Fri September 09, 2016
RIP Bonnie u will be missed.

Alicia Peterson
   Posted Sun September 11, 2016
Dear Chris (and children), Amy, and Paula,

I was so very saddened to hear of sweet Bonnie's passing. She was a bright light at San Lorenzo High School, and had such a beautiful soul. The heavens will shine brighter with her star now a part of them. My heart breaks for Ashley and Nick, that they have lost their mother, and for you, Chris, to have lost Bonnie, your other half. It breaks that Amy lost her twin, and for Paula that you lost one of your children way too soon. My heart goes out to all of you. Love and hugs, and my continued prayers for you all.


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