BONNIE YARDLEY BROSNAN
Bonnie Yardley Brosnan, age 94, passed away in her Redwood City, California, home of 71 years on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, with her children by her side.
Bonnie was born on a farm near Pollock, MO, on September 19, 1927, the 8th of 9 children, to James and Emma Yardley. She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse through 8th grade and graduated high school in Milan, MO. She completed business courses in Chillicothe, MO.
Mom came to California in 1946 and lived with her sister, Olive, in San Francisco. She worked at Pacific Fruit Express where she met our dad, Tom Brosnan, they were engaged in 1948. In 1949, Bonnie and three girlfriends traveled in a car and trailer; they visited all 48 states staying with relatives on their 4 month adventure. Mom and dad were married on October 1, 1949 in St. Paul’s Church in San Francisco. They honeymooned in Yosemite.
In 1951, they purchased their home on Ohio Avenue in Redwood City. Here they raised their four children: Diane, Sandy, Jim, and Dave. Our home was a welcoming place for family, friends and neighbors. Sunday dinners, holidays and family gatherings were celebrated with mom’s home style cooking and her genuine hospitality. Bonnie retired from San Mateo County after 26 years where she worked in the Controller’s Office.
We will miss mom’s unconditional love, easy-going spirit and warm heart. Her laughter, country humor and vitality will also be greatly missed. Mom was a very special lady to everyone who knew her. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, tending roses, traveling, and taking care of her beloved grandchildren.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband Tom (1987), her parents and siblings.
She is survived by her children: Diane Monteith (Mike), Sandra Johnson (Stuart), James Brosnan (Anne) and David Brosnan (Jessica Frick); 11 grandchildren: Shawn and Heather Monteith, Nate, Daniel, Jeremy and Liana Johnson, Alaina Brosnan and Nicole McElvain, David, Geoffrey and Dylan Brosnan; seven great grandchildren: Paul and Lucas Malone, Natalie, Fiona, Teddy and Lily Johnson and Zayn DeSouzaLay. Also many nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was laid to rest beside her husband Tom in a private ceremony at Skylawn Cemetery on Tuesday, June 28th.
Charitable donations can be made in her honor to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org) or Mission Hospice in San Mateo (www.MissionHospice. org)
We love you mom. You will be missed.