Bonni Lee Hayes, 53, of Sugar Land, Texas
has died of a brain tumor after fighting a four-year battle
that began with breast cancer. Hayes is survived by her
18-yr.-old son, Charlie Hayes who lives with his father in
Those who knew Bonni will remember her
laughter, wit and her creative flair. Her Christmas cookies
were a colorful vision of beauty...angels with green flowing
gowns and blue eyes, toy soldiers with red icing uniforms
and yellow buttons. Adults could never eat them because it
would be like munching on a Monet. Children on the other
hand would devour the treats with the belief that something
so beautiful must be delicious.
Always at the ready to host a party or
attend one, Bonni was as social as they come. Her simple
home was inviting and a fun gathering place for her many
friends from Thoreau Unitarian Church, located in Stafford.
Bonni was passionate about the topic of
pluralism and cultural diversity. She adopted her son,
Charlie, as an infant in 1986 and made it her mission to
teach him about his African American heritage and open the
minds of the Houston community to embracing people of all
A plaque that hangs in the entryway of
Bonni's home reads, "We welcome people of any nationality,
sexual orientation, religion and race."
Bonni was born in New Jersey and moved
with her family to North Platte, Nebraska. She attended the
University of Nebraska and was bitten by the Cornhusker bug.
Red became her favorite color and Bob Devany, her favorite
coach. Bonni lived in Colorado during the 1970s where she
worked for Le Petite catering company and graduated from the
University of Northern Colorado with a BA degree. She moved
to Texas in 1980 working for a variety of organizations;
Houston Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Riceland Regional Mental
Health Authority and St. Agnes Academy.
Additional survivors include Bonni's
parents Henry and Vera Cranford of Aurora, Colorado;
sisters, Nancy Miller of Windsor, Colorado and Shelley
Miller of San Diego.
A memorial service will be held 9:30
a.m., Fri. Oct. 15 at St. Agnes Academy Chapel, 9000
Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77036.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be
accepted in Bonni's name to Henry David Thoreau Unitarian
Universalist Congregation of Fort Bend County, 3945
Greenbriar, Suite D/E, Stafford, TX 77477, (281) 277-TUUC,