Bonnie Jean Rimmel

Bonnie Jean Rimmel, of League City, suddenly passed away on the morning after Christmas, Monday, December 26, 2023 at the age of 74. She was born on October 15, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio to parents she loved so much, Lawrence and Helen Eldred.

Bonnie lived in Ohio, Michigan, Alabama and moved to Houston, Texas in 1980. Upon retirement, Bonnie settled close to family in League City and quickly developed a large community of caring friends. Nothing was more important to Bonnie than her family. She dedicated her life to being a good mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

As a young mother, Bonnie was deeply committed to raising her daughters, making sure they were always happy, healthy, and respectful. She was big on manners and etiquette. She reminded them to write thank you notes, stand up straight, and be ladylike. Together with the girls’ father, Dan O’Hara, she raised a beautiful family.

Later in life Bonnie found a passion for working in retail sales, helping women all over Houston find that perfect outfit. She loved fashion and clothes. She loved selling and buying. Bonnie loved shopping.

Bonnie also deeply loved her second husband Charles Melvin Rimmel. Through their amazing connection, she renewed her faith and joined Second Baptist Church and her family grew to include Charles’ daughters and extended family. She felt a very special connection with Charles’ eldest grandson Avery Merrifield.

After Charles’ passing and in retirement, Bonnie was surrounded by a lovely group of dear friends. She was a member of Clear Creek Republican Women and volunteered as an election clerk for Galveston County. Her favorite activities were with the Bay Area Welcome Neighbors. It was with that group of special friends that she found companionship through book club, playing bunko and mahjong, and brunch club.

Throughout her life, Bonnie served her family well. She always put her grandchildren first. Her home was a second home to the grandchildren where they felt welcomed and loved. She was active in their lives. Jason held a special place in her heart as the first grandson and to her last days she enjoyed helping him and his lovely wife Elizabeth and their son Will with acts of loving service. She opened her home to Tara and great grandson Mayes and was excited about supporting Tara as a new mom. Gramma was Katelyn’s biggest fan attending tennis matches and beauty pageants while spoiling her as best she could. She loved her grandson Daniel, often remarking how much he resembles her father and was proud of his attendance at Baylor University, following in Charles’ footsteps. Gramma was in awe of her youngest grandson Patrick, appreciating his maturity and unique interests. She was proud of the young man he’s becoming.

Bonnie was blessed to be a great grandmother. She frequented Will’s soccer games and affectionately became known as Old Gramma, which she loved. Mayes brought joy to her in her last days as he was born one week before her passing and was living with her at the time.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, two of her dear sisters Patricia McKinnon and Alice Wright, and by her husband Charles Melvin Rimmel. She is survived by her sister Sharon Lowe Blackford, her daughters Kellie O’Hara Gross and Mollie O’Hara Leach (and husband Steve Leach), grandchildren Jason Montegut, Jr. (and wife Elizabeth Montegut), Tara Montegut, Daniel Butler, Katelyn Gross, Patrick Butler, great-grandchildren William Montegut and Mayes Montegut and many other loving family and friends.

The Family will receive friends on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 2:00pm with a Ceremony at 3:00pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main, League City, Texas 77573. Bonnie will be laid to rest with her parents at Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg, Ohio at a private family service.

In honor of Bonnie’s care for others, please consider a donation to the Ronald McDonald House, in lieu of flowers.


  1. Oh my. So utterly surprised by this and very sad. Bonnie and I went to high school together and connected at class reunions and of course Facebook. In high school she was brilliant. I am sure she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Please accept my sincerest condolences and may she rest in peace.

    Marilyn Tirabassi
  2. A careing special friend who I will miss every day.

    Lynda Varnell
  3. All my fond memories of Bonnie will forever be cherished. My deepest sympathies go out to your family.

    Barbara Epperson
  4. I’m so sorry and shocked to hear this. My sincere condolences to her family. I got to know Bonnie through BAWNC(Bay Area Welcome Neighbors Club). She will definitely be missed.

    Bettty Woodhouse
  5. Bonnie lived a street away from me when we were growing up in Maple Hts. She was one of the nicest people I knew. She and my wife Lynda went to HS together so I had a chance to see her again at their 50 year class reunion. I am so sorry for your loss🙏🏻

    Joe Carcione
  6. I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your dear mom. We were friends and neighbors on Cato St. in Maple Hts. It was so nice to reconnect at the Class of ‘67 MHHS reunion. The love and pride she had for her family was always a joy to follow on FB. May she rest peacefully.

    Barb Sulek
  7. How can we ever forget her graciousness, her giving to others, that giggle laugh, her love of God, and that instant beautiful smile?

    Evelyn Timmins
  8. Bonnie was a beautiful soul and a caring and loving friend. She surly will be missed.

    Mitra Saghafi
  9. My deepest condolences are with the family at this time in such an unexpected death. Special prayers for the children, grandchildren and great-grands who will miss her presence in the future and whose memories may be held in love and peace.

    Charlotte Otto
  10. I am very sorry to hear this sad news, Bonnie was good and loving person. She loved being close and involved with her family. She will be missed.

  11. Sounds like a very special lady, sorry for your loss.

    Linda Breland
  12. So very sorry to hear this sad news. Bonnie worked at Jo Ann’s for more than 20 years dressing some very prominent Houston women. She was a great employee, a
    wonderful person who was loved by many people. My condolences to the family.
    May she be reunited with Charles and rest in peace.

    Jo Ann Burnett
  13. My dear sweet friend thank you for your friendship and laughter we shared, I will miss you so much. You were loved by so many and leave us all with so many fond memories. May these memories bring comfort to your loving family.

    Geri Bentley

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