Bonita B. Robinson, 94

July 15, 1928 - February 24, 2023

Only those at the skilled care center where Bonnie spent her final few years knew the secret. Although her friends and family knew her as Bonnie, her real name was Bonita, Spanish for beautiful. And that she was. Her stunning outer beauty was exceeded by her inner charm, compassion, and radiant love.

Bonnie shared a devotion with her husband to their Savior. She was married to Dr. Haddon W. Robinson whose notable ministry was buoyed by her encouragement and support. She was a prayer warrior, and even in her last days with a diminishing memory, she offered meaningful prayers for her children and the staff at Willow Valley. Bonnie was deeply committed to her faith, leading many to put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Bonnie was also a gifted investor–in people. Her greatest investments were in her family–her two children, Vicki Hitzges and Torrey Robinson (Sue) and their two sons, Carey (Lindsay) and Carl (Joanna). Her great grandson, Hudson William, will continue to be blessed by the love she poured into her family.

Bonnie was known for her hospitality. Her husband’s students, neighbors and even her children’s friends found her gracious and kind. She frequently entertained. Her children noted that when they were young, anytime they brought friends home unexpectedly, the house would be clean, their mother would be dressed beautifully, and their guests would be welcomed warmly.

Bonnie shared the gift of music in many ways. As a young wife and mother, she taught numerous students to play the piano, both at home and at schools in Dallas (ten students at five pianos!) Throughout the years, she enriched groups and church families with her gifted piano accompaniment. Click to watch a video of Precious Bonnie playing the piano.

Bonita – beautiful Bonnie – is survived by the many individuals whose lives were touched by her love, bolstered by her encouragement, and transformed by her unwavering faith. Bonnie is now Finally Home.

No public service is planned, but Bonnie’s family requests that, in lieu of flowers, please write a thought or fond memory you have of Bonnie on the Memorial page below. Any gifts can be given in mom’s memory to the Gordon Conwell Seminary Women’s Council Scholarship Fund or to the Haddon Robinson Chair of Biblical Preaching – Denver Seminary.

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March 23, 2023

There was no one as easy to love as Bonnie! She lit up a room with her gracious Lovelight!!!
I loved spending nights in their beautiful CO home on many a layover chatting & laughing into the night !
the consumate hostess; always putting everyone at ease with her joy! I love her and all the Robinsons!!

March 20, 2023

Both Bonnie and her husband Haddon were a huge blessing to me and the ministry of GCC. We are grateful for Bonnie’s compassion, faithfulness, and generosity. The the family, condolences from me and mine. Praying as you continue to grieve. 
David Julian

March 02, 2023

We are grateful to have known Bonnie–her fingerprints are all over us. We thank God for her life and for being able to share hers with ours. Her life reflected the contours of Christ. We celebrate her life with the family.
Scott and Rhonda Gibson 

March 02, 2023

Dearest Bonnie,
I will always remember & cherish your Christian love, friendship & piano playing expertise when I moved to Willow Valley Communities & made GCC my Church home. 
You are now in heaven with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Peace be with you. 
Betty Anne Zdep

March 01, 2023

I was a child attending Blue Water Camp in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada,  when it was my honour to meet the Robinson Family.  Each one of them is a treasure to me.  Vicki became a life long friend,  but at the age of 10, Mrs. Robinson impacted my life forever, with words I would never forget. “When you get big, I want you to come to Dallas and go to Dallas Bible College and live with us.”  And when I finished high school, with no clear direction, as to which way to go, I remembered what Mrs. Robinson said to me, and I left Canada for Dallas Bible College.It has been one my life’s greatest honours to have time with this precious family. I will always love and remember Mrs. Robinson, as a most beautiful, gracious and gifted human being, who wanted good for me, for all of us, and spoke continually with words of life.Jana Lyn Rutledge

March 01, 2023

“Bonnie-mom” was the most gracious, caring, thoughtful woman I’ve ever met. She loved and followed the word of the Lord in everything she did and had the ability to make everyone she met feel like a friend and feel very special.
Norm Hitzges

March 01, 2023

My favorite memory of Bonnie is her “Two Kinds of People” speech that she would give to the ThM preaching students at the dinner gatherings. Her question to ponder: Are you a “here I am” person or a “there you are” person? Bonnie was definitely a “there you are” person, and her speech and example have been a huge impact on my desire to be others-focused as well. Blessings upon your family as you celebrate her life and cherish the memories.
Liz Arthurs

February 28, 2023

What a truly beautiful woman of God. What a blessing to her family and many many others. And yet life has just begun! Maranatha Lord Jesus. ‘Til we meet face to face.
Luke Martin

February 28, 2023

Mrs. Robinson was my first and very favorite piano teacher.  She added so much fun to to her teaching and I looked up to her so much.  She had a beautiful spirit inside and out.  Her love for the Lord radiated.  She was so sweet and loving in all that she did.  She was patient and encouraging with me.  I loved her dearly.  There was never another better piano teacher in my eyes than her.  She always seemed so glamourous, amazingly talented, and full of joy.  I am so grateful to have had her in my life. 
Once in a while I would be there after school at a lesson when Mr. Robinson came home from work.  He would come in the door and greet her so warmly and then acknowledge me as well.  They were so loving towards each other. It was always so neat from my perspective to see how sweet of a couple they were and how much they loved each other.  What a special legacy they have left to so many in so many ways. My warmest sympathy and prayers to Vicki and Torey.   
Misti Nelson

February 28, 2023

I was privileged to bust the Robinson’s a few months before Haddon was called home to heaven. Following that we kept on visiting Bonnie. She was a wonderful lady that took everything in stride In everything! She was so positive in everything. Never did I hear a negative about her life journey and the hardships many have. Her son Torrey and daughter Vicki conversed long distance intermingled when possible. The Lord blessed us in being able to visit her at Willow Valley. Staff there did a commendable work in caring for her. We will miss her until uniting in heaven!
George and Mary Duff

February 28, 2023

My wife (Becky) and I extend our deepest sympathies to all of the Robinson family. Bonnie was such a wonderful woman in so many ways. Her love for Haddon and all of you will continue to leave its mark for many generations. Our prayers are with you, we are saddened by this loss. She was one of a kind. Period.
Chris Dolson

February 27, 2023

When I first met Bonnie, I thought she is too good to be true.  I was wrong.  She was a “gem of rarest ray serene.” I have been privileged to have many wonderful friends , but none matched the kindness that flowed from Bonnie’s heart. Over the sixty-five years I have known her, I never heard an unkind word about anybody; gossip was alien to her.  She loved her Lord above all else and rejoiced when he was honored.  She veiled her extraordinary vituousity on the piano with creative chording in unfeigned humility.  Her impeccable dress matched her unblemished life. If I had to repel off a cliff, I would want Haddon and Bonnie holding the rope. Vlcki and Torrey testify to their parenting. 
Uncle Bruce

February 27, 2023

While I did not have the pleasure of knowing Bonnie personally,I have had the oppotunity  of  “meeting”  her through  recollections of her life and  many attributes through her daughter, Vicki. In watching her smile as she played the piano in the video tribute above,I now  have an image  of  the qualities ascribed to the  quintessential mother as depicted on film and television . Bonnie could  have been the muse for those iconic depictions!  I visualize her effortlessly serving her family and friends while showering them with  love and hospitality as effortlessly as  she shared “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. I sense the world  little less bright as her light sparkles above us  now. My condolences to her family  and those  who loved her. May we all strive to shine  like Bonnie. 
Jo Tiller

February 27, 2023

I will always remember beautiful Bonnie for her warmth and commitment to prayer. In seasons when I wavered, Bonnie remained faithfully prayerful for matters in my life. I trusted her deeply. We also remember the sweet 5 dollar bills enclosed in birthday cards for our kids over the years. What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful woman! Grateful that she is in the arms of her beautiful Savior now. Praying for you all as you grieve. For us all as we all agree. Love to you.
Elisa Morgan

February 27, 2023

Bonnie was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Only eternity will fully reveal the impacts she had upon Haddon’s ministry.
R. Larry Moyer

February 27, 2023

I am pretty sure Bonnie is playing the piano for a grand sing a long with loved ones! Skip and I have many great memories of Bonnie. Especially her piano playing for our Christmas eve candleight services. Such a warm and gracious presence. She always made us feel like we were cherished friends. My favorite memory of Bonnie is watching her sweep up all the horsechestnuts under the chestnut tree next to the parsonage.she would dispose of those and come back out the next day and the next until her stay was over. Such determination!! I will cherish all the times she visited FBC
Becky and Skip McGovern (Tarrytown)

February 27, 2023

We all are deeply saddened to hear of Bonnie’s departure.  But we are extremely blessed by the legacy she has left behind – her children, grandchildren and their families. Her influence is deeply felt by the impact she had on the generations that followed her. Our love and prayers go out to Torrey and Sue, Vicki, Carrie, Lindsay, Hudson, Carl and Joanna.  
First Baptist Church of Tarrytown, NY

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