The last of my great aunts and uncles. Granddaughter of James Harvey Vermillion & Nancy Jane Smith.
Obituary from the Denton Record Chronicle in Denton, Texas March31, 2006:
Bonnie Pauline Vermillion, 100
Bonnie Pauline Vermillion went to be with her Lord on Monday, March 27, 2006, five days before her 101st birthday. She passed away peacefully in her sleep.
The sixth daughter and seventh child of Samuel Bell Vermillion and Theodocia Ernest (“Docia”) Dunn Vermillion, she was born in Altoga in Collin County April 1, 1905. Her public schooling was at Altoga and in Denton. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1936 and her master’s in 1946 from North Texas State Teachers College, now the University of North Texas.
At age 16, she gained her certificate and started teaching. She continued teaching 40 years, teaching in the winter and attending summer school to earn her degrees.
She taught nine years in rural schools in Collin County, Gladewater, Honey Grove, Denton, Pittsburg, Kilgore, White Oak, Conroe, Wylie and Texas City. Her last position, before retirement in 1971, was at MacArthur High School in Irving.
Her nieces and nephews remember that she would teach them while out of the classroom as well, helping them with their math as she had occasion to instruct and encourage them. She lived in the house just west of Flow Hospital for more than 50 years, even while teaching. She was widely known in Denton as the “flower lady,” tending her beautiful yard and giving flowers to anyone and everyone who happened to come by. Always friendly, she enjoyed visiting with those who came by to admire her flowers and she gave them not only a flower, but a word of encouragement for their day.
Always active in the Baptist church wherever she lived, she was a charter member in 1949 and continued involvement in Grace Temple Baptist Church in Denton. She gave generously of her time and efforts there, serving on the building committee for the church’s first sanctuary.
She was the remaining child from the 11 children born to her parents. Three of her siblings lived in the Denton area for many years — Oren Vermillion, Wilma V. Stiff and Leta V. Howard.She is survived by a host of relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held on her birthday, Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m. at Grace Temple Baptist, 1100 W. Oak St., with the Rev. Al Camp officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. in the Altoga Cemetery in Collin County. At her request, the service will be a celebration of praise.
The family will be at the funeral home for visitation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31. Pallbearers will be family members, representing her siblings’ families.
Memorials may be made to the Perpetual Care Fund at Altoga Cemetery, c/o Dick Dunn, 2905 Medina, Garland, TX 75041-3348, or Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 199300, Dallas, TX 75219-9842.