Bonnie Jean Kimball

1925 - 2021



Bonnie Jean Kimball


Born June 4, 1925 and peacefully passed with loved ones around her in her Windsor, CA home on April 27, 2021 at 11:11 am at the age of 95.

She was the daughter of wonderful parents, Bill and Mabel Kimball, and also the third generation in Minot, North Dakota. She describes Minot as the cultural Sahara of the world and her whole plan in life was to get out of there. 

Bonnie Jean was the valedictorian of her high school and described by her peers as vivacious and capable. Indeed she was as she got her bachelor and masters in music from Northwestern University then went on to become an opera singer and performer. Following her years as a professional on stage she decided to go on and study further. She went to Columbia University where she earned a doctorate in psychology. From there she wrote multiple self-help books like “The Alcoholic Woman’s Mad, Mad world of Denial and Mind Games” 

She then worked as the coordinator of the Aftercare program at Hazelden Foundation, she taught on women and drug dependency for the university of Minnesota. She was the director of the Wayside house in Minneapolis  Also, she had been assistant professor at the university of North Carolina and southwest Texas state college.

Bonnie jean kept her physical and mental health sharp by practicing yoga, learning new languages and writing about spirituality and its role in overcoming addiction. Her Mantra was “How can I help?”

Bonnie jean was an icon in Alcoholics Anonymous and she helped countless amounts of people. Her jokes, singing, wit and wisdom will be cherished and forever missed by her AA family and loved ones. She celebrated 53 years of sobriety, enjoyed going to AA meetings, reading, seeing good theatre, enjoying good food and time with friends and loved ones and her beloved cat, Agape.

She was predeceased by her parents, William and Mabel Kimball; her brother, Daniel B. Kimball; sister, Evelyn F. Nelson; and husband, Curtis E. Johnson.

There will be an intimate Memorial Service for her TBD towards the end of June at the Community of Christ Church on Steel and Range Ave. Santa Rosa Ca. Inquiries can be made to CONNEELY FAMILY Cremation and Funeral Services at 707.838.8883 or by visiting


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C Eve J Kimball, Md

June 8, 2021 4:10 PM

Aunt Bonnie Jean was an amazing lady.  As my husband's aunt, I first met her in Minot, ND in 1965.  I knew nothing about alcoholism / addiction and she was not yet into permanent sobriety.  I did not like the champagne that was offered at the party after her performance and asked her if she would like it - she took it!  14 years later, when we were both sober, when I apologized for offering it, she reminded me that she had a choice.  She was so helpful to me in my early sobriety, and helped so many others - reminding us all that "there is no free lunch"!

Bob Hobbs

May 23, 2021 11:21 AM

A grand lady who touched the lives of many. Her passing saddens my heart but now she can attend meetings with some of the greats.  Her words of wisdom will be missed.

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