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MRS. BONNIE PARNELL
MRS. BONNIE PARNELL
Bonnie Jean Pannell was born on January 10, 1049 in Shubuta, Mississippi to the late Walter Earl Hoze and Mary (Penilton) Hoze. She was the oldest child blessed to this union. At the age of three she moved from Shubuta, MS with her parents to Sacramento, California. Early in life Bonnie attended the Mount Calvary Baptist Church along with her parents. Later in life, she attended St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and at the end of her life, she regularly attended Antioch Progressive Baptist Church located in the Meadowview District. Bonnie was educated in the Robla School District and the Grant Joint Union High School where she graduated in 1967. After graduating high school, she attended American River College for two years.
Bonnie met Frank L. Garner, Jr. while in high school, the two were married from 1968 – 1970. To this union a son, Darrell L. Garner was born.
She later met and married Samuel C. Pannell on November 19, 1972. This union was blessed with one daughter, the late Bridgitti A. Pannell.
After college she began her professional career working at Pacific Bell Phone Company where she was employed for 12 years and Unilab Medical Laboratories for five years. After the untimely death of her daughter, she resigned from her position at Unilab Medical Laboratories.
Bonnie’s husband, Samuel C. Pannell was elected in 1992 to the Sacramento City Council, District 8 where he passionately served his district for five years until his untimely death in December 1997. His Council District seat remained vacant until a special election took place. In June 1998, Bonnie who recognized Sam’s passion and vision for District 8, was elected to fill the seat left by her husband. This would be the beginning of a 16 year distinguished career representing the citizens of District 8.
Councilwoman Pannell was nicknamed “Mother Bear” by her colleagues because of her protective spirit over District 8. Councilwoman Pannell’s plan for District 8 included: economic development, improved property values, improved education, recreational programs, facilities for our children, safer neighborhoods through community oriented policing, and better community planning through revitalization of deteriorating corridors and neighborhoods.
Some of Councilwomen Pannell’s accomplishments that were dear to her heart included: the transformation of the high crime area of Franklin Villa to the new improved Phoenix Park, the Regional Transit’s Light Rail South Line Phase I & II, the Cosumnes River Boulevard Punch through to Interstate Highway 5, the Flood Control Protection for South Sacramento Streams, and her hope to see Delta Shores completed.
After 16 years of faithfully serving her community, Councilwoman Pannell, under her doctor’s orders, would retire due to a rare condition that affected her speech. Councilwoman Pannell’s only son, Darrell L. Garner would eventually come home to take care of her until her untimely passing on June 17, 2017.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her husband, Samuel C. Pannell, and her daughter, Bridgitti A. Pannell; her father, Walter E. Hoze, her mother, Mary (Penilton) Hoze and her brother, Allen W. Hoze. She leaves to cherish her memory, her son Darrell L. Garner, two brothers; Johnnie E. Hoze (Francis) and Danny L. Hoze (Michelle); four sisters; Gwendolyn G. Barrow (Ron), Connie A. Vanenburg, Cynthia H. Jackson (John deceased), and Sheila Douglas, two aunts, three Brother-in-laws, eighteen nieces and nephews, and a host of other family and friends.