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Bonnie Jo Cheney

June 17, 1970 — June 28, 2023

Bonnie Jo Cheney passed away June 28th, 2023 from sudden illness.

Born June 17th 1970  to Brad and Joanna Nelson in Houston Texas, she was their only child.

Bonnie Jo grew up in her parents Hardware store where she learned how to be Miss Fix-It for all her home projects, like painting her cabinets Navy Blue in a day surprising Ron when he got home from work. She attended the First Presbyterian Church of Houston Texas growing up, the same church her mother grew up in, and church that she later married her husband Ron in. Some of her favorite childhood memories from growing up were duck hunting trips with her dad, road trips with her parents, and family dinners at her grandmothers where everyone came.

She married Ron Cheney May 18th 1991 and they had two daughters; Emily Jean Cheney Bridwell and Kate Lynn Cheney.

Bonnie Jo and Ron moved to Boling Texas in the fall of 1997 where they raised their two little girls. She was a stay at home mother till the girls were mostly grown, then she and Ron bought the Burr Country Store and Grill in 2013 and ran it until her retirement in 2021. It didn't take long till the regulars became the dearest friends to her. Bonnie loved getting to sit down with folks as they ate, getting to know them and their families, and having a community she could call her own. Even closer were the people who worked for her, they became family. During this time she also ran the cafe's at two of the car auctions her husband worked at where she met two of her closest friends Bernard Johnson and Carolyn Jones.

During her retirement she spent her time with loved ones as much as she could. From Margarita Mondays, trips to Bandera, Bunco nights, relaxing and catching some sun by the pool with Ron, traveling the world with her daughter Kate, helping Emily with her fish aqarium endevours, and spending time with her mom tracing their family tree together.

She was a devoted wife and mother who loved her family with everything she had. She loved the going to the beach, traveling, camping, taking her girls to museums and aquariums, tagging along on Ron's hunting trips, discovering fossils whenever in the desert, antiquing, gardening, and most of all her family.

Bonnie Jo was preceded in death by her Father Bradley Nelson

She is survived by her Mother Joanna Nelson, Husband Ron Cheney, Daughter Emily Bridwell and her husband Aaron, Daughter Kate Cheney, and menagergy of cats.


Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2023after 6pm at the Chapel of Wharton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 am at the Chapel of Wharton Funeral Home

 in lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the following charities;


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Friday, July 7, 2023

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