Bonnie Gorman to be honored as 'First Lady'
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The three chapters of Gilmer Beta Sigma Phi will honor Mrs. Bonnie Robertson Gorman as their First Lady for 2013 with a tea on Sunday, April 14, from 2 until 4 p.m. at the home of Steve and Linda Kay Dean at 900 Ruby Street in Gilmer.

Mrs. Gorman was born in Gilmer and graduated from Gilmer High School.

Her parents were Ed and Ruby Stephens.

She has been a member of First Baptist Church of Gilmer almost all her life.

She graduated from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce on May 29, 1944, with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Vocational Home Economics and received her Master of Education on Aug. 24, 1965.

She began her teaching career at Union Ridge in 1947-1948 and East Mountain from 1948-1950.

In 1950, she became the Home Economics teacher at Gilmer High School, where she taught for 24 years. Her teaching career spanned a total of 33 years.

Bonnie and Durwyn Robertson were married in 1944 and they had one son, Eddie Robertson.

Eddie and his wife Rusty are co-founders of the Stand Up to Cancer Foundation, which raises millions of dollars for cancer research.

Bonnie and Durwyn were charter members of the Gilmer Country Club and she is a Life Master Duplicate Bridge player and a charter member of the oldest bridge club still playing in Gilmer. She plays regularly with her bridge club members.

In 1980, after she retired from teaching and following the death of her husband Durwyn, she owned and operated the Gilmer Flower Shop.

She learned to be a florist from her mother who owned a flower shop, Stephens’ Florist, in Gilmer or many years.

Mrs. Bonnie married Vance Gorman, who was President and CEO of Gilmer Savings and Loan.

Mr. Gorman had two children, Joe and Gwen Gorman.

Mrs. Rob, as she is so fondly remembered by her former students of the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, says she really has not done anything special to deserve this honor.

But her former students and fellow teachers talk about how “she touched their lives and inspired them to become the teachers and women they became.

“She not only taught ‘homemaking’, but taught us to believe in ourselves and always expected us to do our very best.”


Mrs. Rob . . .

A hundred years from now no one will care what kind of house I had, how much money I made or what kind of car I drove.

But, if I influenced the life of one child, then I have been a success.

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