In memory of

Michelle Renee Kellum Bonner

Jul 7, 1969
Oct 16, 2020


Michelle Renee Kellum Bonner went to be with the Lord on October 16, 2020.

Michelle was born on July 7, 1969 in Dallas, Oregon to Frank and Marlys Kellum. She was raised in a loving, Christian home with two sisters and a brother. Much time was also spent with many aunts, uncles and cousins. Family would be important to Michelle her whole life. 

Michelle attended schools in the Dallas School district. In 1986 she was voted Homecoming Queen at Dallas High School. She graduated from DHS in 1987. Throughout the years she remained in contact with several of her childhood friends. After high school, Michelle attended Northwest College and went on to work at State Farm, became a 911 operator, and worked for Regence Blue Cross.

On August 16, 2008 Michelle married the love of her life, Rodney Bonner. She and Rod loved to go to concerts, camping, and especially Oregon Ducks football games. They were members of the Oregon Duck Club. Many weekends were spent tailgating and attending games in Eugene with friends and family. Rod, always a devoted husband, was especially devoted in caring for Michelle through her battle with cancer. 

Michelle’s three brightest stars in life were her children; Cassidy, Spencer and Preston. She loved them fiercely and loved being a mom to them. She raised them to love Jesus, people, and taught them how to have fun in life. 

Michelle was a great cook, an avid reader, a Little House on the Prairie fan, and loved cats, chocolate chip cookies and sweet tea. She loved spending time with her family playing games, sharing a meal and making music together.  She had an incredible capacity to maintain friendships with many people and made each one feel special. She was also a music lover and had a beautiful singing voice. She was a soloist, but also sang duets and trios in church with her sisters when they were growing up. 

The most important thing in Michelle’s life was her personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Michelle came to know Jesus at an early age. She attended Dallas Assembly of God for many years. Later she and Rod were active in a Home Group and Bible study groups at West Salem Foursquare Church. It was her sincere wish and prayer that each of her family members and all her friends would come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Her sweet demeanor, unwavering faith in adversity, and love and acceptance of everyone inspired everyone she met. Michelle looked forward to heaven and seeing Jesus face to face and to be able to sing his praises once again.

Michelle is survived by her husband, Rod, children Cassidy (Brandon) Williams, Spencer Rivera, and Preston (Anna) Rivera. She is also survived by her parents Frank and Marlys Kellum, sister Terrie (Larry) Pursel, brother Don (Shawna) Kellum, and sister Kimberly (Justin) Moore, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Service Information

Funeral Service
Sunday October 25, 2020 2:00 PM (viewing 1:30)
West Salem Foursquare Church
3094 Gehlar Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304

Michelle will be laid to rest at Fircrest Cemetery in Monmouth following the service

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Kara White says:

    Michelle, you are one of the sweetest, most genuine people I have ever met. I am so incredibly thankful to have so many wonderful memories with you over the years, and am thankful that God brought you into my life. I will be seeing you again friend, and when I do I will have a hug ready for you. ♥️

  2. Rachel Balschweid says:

    Michelle was one of the sweetest and giving souls I have ever known. I am truly blessed to have known her. She will always hold a special place in my heart.

  3. Lynda Ribera says:

    Michelle will surely be missed by many. I love that girl very much and she and I had a special bond. Her love of the Lord made her very special and I know that now she is singing in God's angel choir with that beautiful voice of hers. Love and prayers to her husband and children.

  4. Lynda Ribera says:

    I am sure that Michelle is looking down on all of her family and protecting them now and always. Michelle was special to me. Her love of the Lord and her willingness to share her love of the Lord with everyone means that she surely got a well done my good and faithful servant from God when she got home. I will miss her but I'm so thankful that she is no longer in any pain. Love and prayers to her husband and three children.

  5. Lynda Ribera says:

    Michelle will surely be missed by many. I love that girl very much and she and I had a special bond. Her loves the Lord made her very special and I know that now she is singing in the in the angel choirs with that beautiful voice of hers. Love and prayers to her husband and children.

  6. Melani Edwards (cousin) says:

    Live n prayers to all of you but especially to her kids. All 3 of you had a wonderful sweet mom and a very special person in your life ❤

  7. Melani Edwards (cousin) says:

    She will be missed by many, but I know she will be missed alot by me. I have alot of cousins but I loved it when we all were together . She was the bright light of the room and one of my favorites . Im sorry to her family, friends . Just remember she is in a better place right now and everytime we see a bright star in the sky she is watching over us an singing with no pain. RIP my cousin love you

  8. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Michelle was a godly woman. May she rest in the peace with the Lord she loved. Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home with her arrangements.

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