GLEN ROSE Elois Gay Bonilla, 64, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2010.

Funeral service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2010, at Rainbow Baptist Church. Burial was set for Squaw Creek Cemetery in Rainbow.

Elois Gay Bonilla was born in Fort Worth on Feb. 27, 1945. It is with a heavy heart that I write this obituary for my dear mother who has been my everything. She was the smartest, strongest, funniest, and bravest person I have ever known. And, as she would say, "if you don't believe me, just ask me." She lived a life touching everyone around her without even knowing it. She has been compared to Lucille Ball because she would do anything for a laugh and was always scheming.

She lived a life of fearless adventure and passion; a renegade, trail blazer, way ahead of her time. Give her a problem and she would figure out a way to solve it. She was unstoppable. She was unforgettable. She believed that she could make a difference, and that anything was possible. Spending time with her family was her favorite thing to do. She lived for her daughters. We were her world and she was ours. She thought she wanted a boy, but after four tries and no boys she decided to call us Pete, Repeat, Try Again and Quit. She loved playing Nintendo, Spades and especially slot machines! She made you feel at home and comfortable from the first time she met you. She loved to rock out at concerts from the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, U2, to her favorite band Journey. She is not famous or rich, but she will live on in all of our hearts through the memories we shared.

Mom died of lung cancer Jan. 10, 2010 with her family by her side. She quit smoking in 2001 and helped many others to do so as well through her story.?Survivors: Daughters, Gaylena Lewis, Ginger Parker, Angela Bonilla and Samantha Bonilla; granddaughters, Lisa, Laura and Lindsey Lewis; sisters, Loretta Owens, Lanell Sandlin; brother-in-law, Dwain Sandlin; brother, Lynwood Miller; sister-in-law, Nikki Miller; half-sister, Lana Kay Eades; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

"When I Think of You" by Journey

Magic moments

They're the things I will remember

Where's the time we spent together laughing?

Then you walk into my dream dear

And I see your face

Young and so free, smiling at me

So long since I've had you near

When I need you, I just close my eyes

And you're here right beside me when I'm lost in shadows of the memories of you

And I see your face

Young and so free, smiling at me

In your eyes I walk without fear

We're together again

Where the love never ends

'cause you're right here

When I think of you

Published Jan. 20, 2010

The Glen Rose Reporter