It is with great sadness that the family of Bonnie Joan “Eads” Ridenour announces her passing on March 23, 2021 in her home surrounded by her family at the age of 72. Bonnie was born November 1, 1948 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Bonnie graduated from Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis in 1967. At age 17 she worked at Commercial Motor Freight for 16 years. For her remaining career she worked as an administrative assistant in the medical field for Indiana University School of Medicine in the Radiology Department then Cardiothoracic Surgery retiring in 2016 but continued to work part time as a Data Specialist in the Cardiac Data and Outcomes Center with Riley Hospital for Children until her passing.
A woman of strong faith, she was highly involved and a member of Southport Presbyterian Church for many years. Church involvement played a major role in her life. She shared her gift with her small group and loved helping with Southport Great Banquet serving men and women. Because of her love and passion for children she also sponsored a boy from Haiti and a girl from Thailand through Compassion International to help them receive basic needs. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, loved her grandbabies turning her pristine home into their playground. She had a special knack for listening and making each person feel valued and loved. Bonnie enjoyed writing stories and poems about the people in her life. Her quick witted humor created many enjoyable moments while reading these about ourselves or others. We will treasure these for the rest of our lives. Hobbies include playing pretend with her grandchildren, shopping, going to movies, working in her yard, playing card games with family and friends and taking the yearly family trip to Destin Florida.
Her capacity to persevere, no matter the obstacles, is one of her most enduring legacies, one we proudly carry forward. Our beautiful, loving Bonnie, Mom, Grammy, Sister, will forever be missed and will always be in our hearts.
She was preceded in death by her mother Velma Louise McClain, step father Max McClain and father James Edward Eads. Survivors include her daughter, Nicole Kiefer (Matt), three grandchildren, Elliana, Ariana and Ryan Kiefer. Siblings include Gary Meece (Dotty), Edwina Griffith, Richard Eads (Debbie). Her nephews and nieces, Michael and Kyle Griffith, Brian Meece, Thomas Eads, Melissa Ridenour, Debbie Brinker, Donna White, and Timmy Branham.
For those wishing to honor Bonnie we invite you to commit random acts of kindness because of her unique ability to make people feel special and loved. The family requests memorial contributions to be made to Compassion International or Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Indiana.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the O'Riley Funeral Home, 6107 South East Street, Indianapolis. The funeral service will begin at 10:00 AM in the funeral home on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Burial will follow the service in St. Joseph Cemetery, Indianapolis. Please visit www.ORileyFuneralHome.com to share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence for Bonnie's family.