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Affectionately known as “Miss Bonnie,” Bonnie Jones was a dedicated educator, entrepreneur, and lover of the arts. As a young entrepreneurial woman in the 60’s-70’s, she opened the “Adora-Boquette Bridal Shoppe” in Elkhart, IN, where she worked as a seamstress and bridal consultant. There she designed and created dream gowns for brides, allowing their dream weddings to come to life. In addition, she was a creative writer and had one book published, Angel Mountain.
She was affectionately known as "Miss Bonnie." She was a big lover of animals, especially her dogs. As a young woman, Bonnie worked as Hostess for many of South Bend's finer restaurants. She became a seamstress and then bridal consultant and owner of the Adora-Boquette Bridal Shoppe in Elkhart, IN, during the 1960s-1970s. She helped hundreds of brides create their dream weddings and designed and sewed many of their gowns. Bonnie was a creative writer and had one book published, titled "Angel Mountain." She developed the Eastern Literary Fellowship (ELF), a creative writing group, and managed several book writing seminars. Bonnie enjoyed singing, directing and stage productions. She owned her own theatre, the Carousel Playhouse in Clinton, SC, where she created magical productions for the community for many years. She taught costume design at colleges in the Carolinas. She was involved in the Miss America beauty pageants, and had several children's pageants in the Carolinas. Bonnie organized and taught hundreds of children over the years in her singing and dancing troupe called "The Little People." They performed at local parades and events in Florida and the Carolinas, and at Walt Disney World in Florida, and at the White House in Washington, D.C. Bonnie moved back to South Bend in 2010, reunited with her high school friends and the Turners, and then started "The Golden Troubadours," a singing group made up of elders who perform at local events and for nursing homes. She was a flea market entrepreneur for many years. She was happy and busy to the end...and she touched a lot of lives in many different ways!
Miss Bonnie was an important role model to our owner, Angela, and she is thrilled to dedicate this scholarship in her name!
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