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Carol Ann Bonner

Posted By Nathaniel Holman On June 7, 2017 @ 2:37 am In Obituaries | 10 Comments

In Memorial

Carol Ann Bonner, age 66 of Nashville, Tennessee passed away May 18, 2017 after a hard-fought battle against ovarian cancer, meeting her death with the grace and selflessness that defined her entire life.

Carol Ann was born in Little Rock, Arkansas but lived in Tennessee most of her life.  A brief time in Connecticut, where she graduated from high school, convinced her that Tennessee was her true home. She moved to Nashville to attend college and remained there. Vacations were often spent on the family farm in middle Tennessee. Carol Ann received her first Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and worked in a variety of jobs before a second degree led her to a career at the Vanderbilt Cell Imaging Shared Resource, a perfect blend of her scientific expertise and artistic ability. Carol Ann was passionate in all of her pursuits, including art, animal rescue, political activism, and gesneriad conservation. Her many interests and generous nature led her to have close friends all over the world.

Carol Ann was especially passionate about her family.  She was preceded in death by her father, but will be deeply missed by those who survive her, especially her mother, sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew.

A memorial service honoring Carol Ann’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M., June 24, 2017 at St. Augustine’s Chapel on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

In lieu of flowers, Carol Ann asked that donations be made to the Nashville chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by visiting www.cff.org, the Avielle Foundation by visiting aviellefoundation.org or the American Cancer Society by visiting www.cancer.org.

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Condolence from Julie Mavity-Hudson on June 12th, 2017 4:58 pm

I loved Carol Ann as though we were sisters. I will never have a better friend.

Condolence from Paul Susi & Randy Baron on June 12th, 2017 6:59 pm

We are deeply saddened by Carol Ann’s death and extend our condolences. We always enjoyed her passion for all things gesneriad.

Condolence from Terry White on July 20th, 2017 11:38 am

Thank you for your sentiments. It is so nice to know how many people cared about her and her unique contributions to our world.

Condolence from Renee Dawson on June 13th, 2017 11:43 am

I will always treasure the joy and laughter that Eric and I shared with Carol Ann. She is deeply missed.

Condolence from Susan Grose on June 13th, 2017 11:57 am

Carol Ann was a fun and generous person. My first memory of here was driving around in the back of her truck at the New Orleans Gesneriad convention in 1993. We were looking for a particular plant nursery. I spent the night in her house in 2000 on the way to the Tampa, FL convention and met all her animals and helped water her greenhouse before getting on the road again. The plant collecting trip to Ecuador in 2009 which Carol Ann was on was again made better by her cheerful and enthusiastic presence. She generously shared her plants, her knowledge, and her enthusiasm for plants, animals, and her many other interests. I will miss her immensely.

Condolence from Stæven on June 13th, 2017 12:40 pm

Carol Ann was a sparkling gem to me. She had such a sweet soul and spunky demeanor that I truly enjoyed. She made me feel welcome and I had a special time working with her at a workshop recently, in which I brought a friend, who instantly fell in love with Carol Ann.

Condolence from Nicole L Schramm-Sapyta on June 13th, 2017 2:19 pm

Carol Ann was such a wonderful friend, colleague, and hands-on teacher when i worked with her in the Limbird Lab! She will be dearly missed, but I am so grateful to have known her!

Condolence from Jeremy on June 16th, 2017 2:45 pm

We miss you already my friend.

Condolence from Carol Ballinger Hubbuch on June 17th, 2017 1:47 pm

I was so sorry to hear of Carol’s death. Saw her at our last reunion and we talked. Nice memories from our childhood. Blessings Carol

Condolence from Karyn Cichocki on June 18th, 2017 6:54 pm

Carol Ann was kind, caring and very talented. I enjoyed my stay at her house when I came down to speak at the Tennessee Gesneriad Chapter and was happy to be introduced to her four and two legged family. She was generous with her knowledge and love to share her plants. I’ll always remember the lovely mosaic table that she created for one of the Gesneriad conventions. She will be missed, but those that knew her will have wonderful memories.

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