Garden City lost a longtime advocate and pioneer Wednesday with the death of Bonnie Talley, 77, the city's first female commissioner and mayor.
"To me she was the epitome of a person who was entirely selfless with her service to the community," City Manager Bob Halloran said of Talley, who died at Park West Plaza in Wichita. "As a cheerleader for this community, she was unparalleled."
"Although she was not a Garden City native, she was Miss Garden City," Mesa said. "She was a trailblazer and champion for the strong stances she took as mayor."
"It was a real pleasure to work with and for her," Halloran said. "She not only governed with her brain but with her heart."
I knew Bonnie Talley mainly from church. She was one of the nicest people you ever met and she really did love Garden City. While she was in office she helped develop the City aggressively which is one of the reasons why Garden is now the dominate town in SW Kansas.
It is sad to see her go but I am glad that she was able to live such a fulfilling life.