Nancy Pauline Bratton Bonham, 92, was born Sep. 22, 1918. She went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at the Robert Massie Riverside Chapel in San Angelo with Pastor Rick Justice of Rocky Creek Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are with Robert Massie Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Robert Massie Funeral Home with the family present from 6-8 p.m. Catering will be provided by Robert Massie Funeral Home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh W. Bonham, her parents, E.J. (“Jack”) and Golder Huckabee Bratton; brother, Truman Bratton and wife, Capitola; sister, Vera Mae Bratton Fritts and husband, Lloyd; and niece, Bonnie Bratton Jones.
She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Kathleen Lay and her husband, Larry, of Brownwood, Texas; grandchildren, Laurie English and husband, Lyndon, of Ozona; Lisa James of Mertzon; and Joe Paul Lay and wife, Christy, of Snyder; great-grandchildren, Logan English and wife, Jessica; Kristen James Aldrete and husband Robert; Layne English; Ashley James Key and husband, Joel; Kendra Martinez; Joshua Lay; Kelsi Lay; and Elijah Lay; great-great-grandchildren, Noah Key, Jeriah Key, Aiden Aldrete, and Liam English. She was also dearly loved by her surviving brother, E. J. Bratton and wife, Rita, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many special friends, including Vada Reynolds, her roommate at Oak Ridge Manor Care Center in Brownwood.
Pallbearers will be Pauline’s grandsons, great-grandsons, nephews, and special friends. Honorary pallbearers, SSgt. Logan English, USAF, currently deployed to Afghanistan; SrA Joel Key, USAF, currently deployed to Oman; and A1C Layne English, USAF, currently deployed to Qatar.
Pauline was born on a farm near De Leon, in Comanche County, Texas, and attended school at Van Dyke, De Leon, and Comanche. After graduating early from high school, she attended Tarleton and graduated with a teaching certificate. Pauline felt called to the medical profession and became a Registered Nurse after training at the Shannon Memorial School of Nursing (Class of 1942) in San Angelo. She was married to Hugh Bonham on Dec. 25, 1941. They moved to Oregon during World War II and welded in the shipyard at Swan Island (our own “Rosie the Riveter”). Pauline left the shipyard to practice as a registered nurse for Wilamete Iron and Steel in Oregon. In Dec. 1944, she and Hugh returned to Texas where they lived in Levelland for a short time and then made their home in San Angelo where she continued her nursing career.
Pauline was a registered nurse at Shannon Hospital and was a night shift supervisor during the Polio epidemic in the late 1940s. On Aug. 15, 1951, she began working as a civilian nurse at Goodfellow Air Force Base and continued there until she retired Jan. 17, 1981. Pauline was honored as “Civilian of the Year” in 1980. Mrs. “B” loved working with the military members, doctors, and civilian medical personnel and she became life-long friends with many of them. She maintained her membership with the Shannon Alumni Association and NARFE until her death. Pauline and Hugh were members of Immanuel Baptist Church for more than 50 years. Pauline and Hugh loved to travel and were charter members of the Concho Campers Chapter of the National Camping and Hiking Association.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Chris Stephens, Frances Pena, Lighthouse Hospice of Brownwood, and the staff of Oak Ridge Manor Nursing Home for your tender loving care of our special Gigi.