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Monday, February 11th, 2008
Rockport Center for the Arts Remembers Lola L. Bonner
Lola L. Bonner, LL.B passed away Friday, February 8, 2008. She was a resident of Rockport and also San Antonio, Texas. She was born July 13, 1932 in Portland, Texas to William and Jessie Bonner. She earned her B.S. degree from Texas A&I University and an LL.B from the University of Texas at Austin.

She was authorized to practice law in all State Courts and won a case argued in the Supreme Court of the United States. She was the first duly elected female President of Student Body at Texas A&I; the first woman President of Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce; first woman President of Aransas County Bar Association; past President of Texas Conference of Bar Presidents; member of District 11-B Grievance Committee for 18 years; past member of Texas A&I University Alumni Association and University of Texas Law School Alumni Association; first woman to receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas A&I University.

She was appointed to the School Land Board by Attorney General Mark White and reappointed when Mark White became Governor; served on Aransas County Democratic Executive Committee and was the first female to serve as Chairperson. She was past President of Texas Federation of Democratic Women and served as Vice Chairman of the Governor's Convention held in Houston and on National Rules Committee for the National Convention.She was elected to Board of Directors of First National Bank of Rockport, becoming the first woman to serve on the Board.

She was a Founding Member of the Texas Maritime Museum; a Trustee of the Margaret Sue Rust Foundation and served on the Board of Directors for Rockport Center for the Arts since 1999 and served three terms as President. She was elected to the Board of Directors of Aransas County Medical Services, Inc. in 2002 and was appointed to the Board of Directors of Coastal Bend Community Foundation.

Ms. Bonner was preceded in death by her parents, her companion, Diane McDonald, brother, Albert K. Bonner and sisters, Edith Blanche Sample and Willie Mae Elliot. She is survived by her brother, John R. Bonner and wife, Mickey of Taft,Texas; sisters, Annie Myrle Bonner Boyd of Yoakum, Texas and Kathryn Bonner Bean of Fort Worth, Texas; several cousins; 15 nephews and nieces and numerous grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Viewing and visitation will be held from 12:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. with the family present to receive friends from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Monday, February 11, 2008 at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home, Rockport. Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at First Baptist Church, Rockport. Private family interment will be at Mission Park North Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made by donations to Rockport Center for the Arts, 902 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX 78382 (361.729.5519)

Published in the San Antonio Express-News on 2/10/2008.


The Art Center appreciates the many people who have called and emailed about making donations in memory of Lola L. Bonner. To make a donation you may email, fax or call the Art Center with your donation details.

If you choose to mail a donation, please send it to Rockport Center for the Arts, 902 Navigation Circle, Rockport, Texas 78382.  At this point we sincerely regret that the Art Center is not able to receive donations online.

Donations may also be made to Aransas County Medical Services, Inc., P.O. Box 821, Rockport, TX 78381.

Arrangements entrusted to: CHARLIE MARSHALL FUNERAL HOMES Rockport, TX 78382 (800) 428-2922