Bonnie Broom Hunter
Austin - There are some people who just simply leave a better world behind them. They move through life with decency and kindness. And leave behind a wake of family and friends who are simply better for having known them. Bonnie Hunter was one of those people. It could have been
her faith. Most likely it was. Bonnie would tell you "I believe there is one God and I believe
He came to earth in the person of His son, Jesus Christ." Bonnie walked in the footsteps of
Jesus. She never met a stranger and never failed to give her time, her heart, and her joyous smile.
Bonnie was born December 5, 1927, on a farm in Marlin, Texas. Her parents were Clyde and Rosene Broom. In 1939, the family moved to Brownwood, Texas, where Bonnie graduated from high school and met her husband, Jerry Morris Hunter. Her greatest pride and joy were her three children, each born in a different decade! In time, she was the loving grandmother and great grandmother of her growing family. Over the years she became the anchor for her family who endured many transitions and shared joys. Her wry smile, quick humor and passion for books and learning were endearing qualities cherished by her family.
After living in Dallas and Tyler, the Hunters moved to Austin in the late 1960s. In 1974 Bonnie joined GSD&M advertising as its second and most important employee. Bonnie was the heart and soul of GSD&M for over two decades. She was "Mom". If you needed something or had a question, Mom was there. If you were having problems and you needed sound advice, Mom was there. If you just needed cheering up, Mom was always there. GSD&M became one of the most successful advertising agencies in history; it would not have happened without Mom.
Bonnie was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church for 30 years where she served as Chair of the Church Council. But her great joy was in leading young couples in bible study on Sunday mornings and volunteering at Seton Northwest Hospital. Day-in-and-day-out, Bonnie channeled God's love and generosity, encouraging generations of family members, GSD&Mers, friends, and strangers with prayers and her selfless, radiant presence.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, her sister Earline Sheats, and brother Kenneth Broom. She is survived by daughter Dianne Hughes of San Antonio, sons Jerry Hunter of Boerne and Jeff Hunter of Houston, and sister Nelda Masey of Bangs, Texas. In addition
she has seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews.
We will celebrate Bonnie's life June 5 at 2:00pm at Covenant United Methodist Church, 4410 Duval Rd., Austin, 78727. A reception will follow at GSD&M Advertising, 828 W. 6th St., also in Austin. A recording of Bonnie's service will be live streamed and also available for viewing after the service at www.covenantaustin.org.
In lieu of flowers, please remember Bonnie with gifts to Mobile Loaves and Fishes (mlf.org), 9301 Hog Eye Rd., Austin 78724 or Covenant United Methodist Church (covenantaustin.org), listed above.
Published on May 23, 2021