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“I was fortunate enough to meet Bonnie around 1988 through a fitness group at the gym/fitness center on Rt. 17. We became fast friends and I've been...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Carol Sayer - Charlotte, NC

“Benjamin you are in my thoughts! Sending you many hugs. Your Mom was an amazing, thoughtful girl. ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Susie templeton - Family

“Bonnie was the confirmation mentor for my granddaughter Kylie Elaine Ruddock at Sunrise. She was a dear and sweet lady who will be missed by all who...Read More »
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“Bonnie was a pre-Hugo friend of Ellen and me at Sunrise Presbyterian until we moved back to our hometown, Kingstree, SC, some 20 years ago. Ellen...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: John Evans - Kingstree, SC

“Sincerest condolences to Benjamin. I will cherish my memories of Bonnie, smiling, laughing, and with a mischievous gleam in her eyes. She was a...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Liz Leslie Bagley - Family

“I´m so sorry for your loss. Bonnie & my Mother, Nancy Cary, we´re good friends. Both of them were gluten intolerant. So I´ll have a gluten free...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Neila Cary


Bonnie Keyes Wells, 87, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, widow of Gayle J. Wells, entered into eternal rest Sunday, March 6, 2022. Her Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, March 13th in Sunrise Presbyterian Church on Sullivan's Island at 2:00p.m. with a reception to follow where the family will receive friends.
Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Bonnie was born September 28, 1934, in Laurel, Mississippi the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Keyes and Gertrude Catherine Miller Keyes. She attended Stephens College and was a graduate of the University of Mississippi, "Ole Miss." Bonnie was a retired educator and volunteer. She served in many capacities and for many organizations including Director of the Ashland Child Development Center in Ashland, KY. Over the years she held many positions of community service including President of the Charity Club of Ashland, twenty years of service to East Cooper Community Outreach (Mt. Pleasant), Elder of Sunrise Presbyterian Church where she served on multiple Sessions, and helped raise awareness and funds for a wide range of causes starting with replanting the palm trees on the Isle of Palms after Hurricane Hugo and realizing the opening of the South Carolina Aquarium. She was a long time resident of the Isle of Palms, SC.

In later life Bonnie's community interests were focused on the rights and needs of women, marginalized communities, and companion animals. She often gave her time being of counsel and friendship to a wide range of people, freely offering her experience and knowledge.

She is survived by her son, Benjamin A. van der Wel (Frederick) of Colorado Springs, CO; a niece, Barrie W. Murray of Falmouth, MA; a great niece, Whitney E. Murray of Phoenix, AZ and a great nephew, John P. Murray (Shannon) of Jacksonville FL. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Jean Keyes Watkins.

Memorials may be made to East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO), 1145 6 Mile Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466 or visit https://eccocharleston.charityproud.org/donate/ and/or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 941 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 or visit https://givenow.lls.org/give/394054/#!/donation/checkout, and/or Charleston Animal Society (https://charlestonanimalsociety.org/donate/).