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Bonnie Sue Howard Swisher died Tues., Oct. 4 in Tucson, AZ.
She was born Aug. 22, 1939, in Magoffin Co., KY., to Elwood and Clara Hale Howard, Sr.
She spent most of her life in Cheshire and Marietta, OH. Later she moved with her daughter and
son-in-law Yvonne and Jay Russell to Utah and then to Tucson, AZ. Bonnie was always busy creating,
crafting, sewing, and doing other DIY projects. She loved her pets, plants, flowers, hummingbird friends
and window shopping. She loved the country life of Marietta and the mountains of Utah. Bonnie was
fascinated by the desert in Tucson.
Bonnie was a fighter, a survivor of three different cancers. She was an active member of the
LDS Church until her cancer treatments kept her from church. Prior to her health problems, she worked
as a purchasing agent for G&J Auto parts in Gallipolis, OH. Later in life, she studied at Hocking Hills
School of Nursing in Nelsonville, OH., and became a registered nurse, fulfilling a life-long dream. Bonnie
was forced to give up nursing after becoming ill.
Bonnie was preceded in death by parents, her daughter Dwanna D. Massie Jett, her grandson
Paul Ray Bright and her sister Barbara G. Whittington. She was twice married: first to David Massie,
now deceased, and then to Lowell E. Swisher, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by daughter Yvonne (Jay) Russell, brother William Dexter (Judi) Howard, sister
Jerrie L. Howard, sister E. Lou (Raymond) Swartz, brother Elwood (Debbie) Howard, Jr., grandchildren
Angela Jett, Matthew Jett, Richard Jacques, Nicole Lane, Emily Schenk and 11 great-grandchildren, 3
nieces and 4 nephews.
Bonnie was clever and feisty, but also kind. She always gave more than she received. Of all her
many fine qualities, she will be missed most for her generous spirit, fierce wit, and extraordinary love.
A celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held in Marietta on Nov12th. Service will take place at Handley
Funeral Home, 1021 Pike St. Reno, OH. 45773. Visitation will be from 2pm to 4 pm and the service will
begin at 4pm.
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