Celebrating the life of

Barbara (Bonnie) Taggert

September 9, 1942 – March 25,2022

Information on Services

Sunday, April 3, 2022
Vine Street Christian Church
4101 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
1:00pm – 2:00pm – Family and friends visitation
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Celebration of Life

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

The Bonnie Taggert Junior Golf Fund
400 Franklin Road,
Franklin, TN 37069
Please send a check to the address above to donate.

The Nashville Rescue Mission
639 Lafayette Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Click Here to donate Online

About Bonnie

Barbara (Bonnie) Taggert, lovingly known as WOO, born into life September 9, 1942, born into eternal life March 25, 2022, surrounded by her devoted husband Joe, and family.

Bonnie grew up in Lafayette, California, the only daughter of Barbara and Ralph Johanson (deceased), brothers Brad (deceased) and Ralph (lovingly known as Buz).  She married Conrad Rasmussen, and together they had a daughter, Cheryl (Sister John Dominic) before moving to Music City where daughter Connie was born.

Bonnie’s personality, zest for life and creative talents made her a natural in the music business, starting at Top Billing with Tandy Rice, then Warner Brothers Records, then Capitol Records, as Director of Creative Services, culminating with her own agency, BRPR and later Creative Media.  Her first client was world renowned guitarist and producer, Chet Atkins.

During her career, she was infamous for her support and commitment to discovering and promoting up and coming artists.  Numerous, now famous, artists spent many a night on her sofa to escape another night of sleeping in their car.

In 1990, Bonnie married professional golfer, Pro Joe Taggert and a whole new career started – in GOLF – with another renowned guitarist and producer, Vince Gill.  Together, Bonnie and Pro Joe helped Vince visualize his passion and support for junior golf, creating and directing his  Junior-Celebrity-Professional Golf Tournament – THE VINNY – running for 27 years, raising more than $9 million dollars for junior golf programs in Tennessee.

Even in retirement, Bonnie remained active, supporting her favorite charities, including The Mini Vinny and The Nashville Rescue Mission. 

Although she was successful in her professional life, she was devoted to her family and friends.  She was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother, passionately blending a family that has always been filled with love, laughter, support and joy.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, Joe; her daughters Cheryl (Sister John Dominic), Connie Dalton (Connie’s sons Matthew Dalton and Hayes Dalton), Joe’s daughters, Julie LaPenna (Richard), Jill Baltz (Chris), Jennie Mills (Kevin), Jan Blanton (John); numerous loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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21 thoughts on “In Remembrance of Bonnie

  1. John Ershek says:

    Bonnie was always a delight to be around. I always looked forward to seeing her each year when The Vinny took place. It was obvious how much she meant to each of the golfers, patrons and staff that came back year after year. It was in large part due to her involvement and infectious personality. She will be missed. God Bless her and my heartfelt condolences to Joe and her entire family.

  2. Virginia Burns says:

    I am sadden by the passing of Bonnie, my cousin. Our lives were lived in different states, we kept in contact through Christmas cards. We met on several occasions when we visited Nashville. It was a joy see her and meet some of her family. Her “light” will always shine bright. Gini

  3. Delphina Vega says:

    Sweet BonBon is how I knew her and even though a short time it was a large time and so honored to have met her and have her tell me she liked my songs just the way they were with just 2 tracks and none of the other stuff I had done in the studio and I was on cloud nine hearing that from her such a talented beautiful person she is and am grateful Noreen gave me the pleasure of knowing her!
    Rest In Peace sweet BonBon…
    Love and light surrounds you dear one💫❤️😘🙏🏼

  4. Jan Johanson says:

    Bonnie (or BonBon as her nieces and nephews knew her) was one of a kind! So full of joy and energy, she lit up every room and family gathering. I was in awe of her skills at organizing and her devotion to maintaining and nourishing family and friend ties of those scattered near and far. How lucky was I to have been her sister in law for 50 years! RIP wonderful lady. You’ll never be forgotten!

  5. Judy Bayer says:

    So sorry to hear about your dear Mom. Lots of prayers for the whole family and especially for you, Sister John Dominic!

  6. Paul Lovelace says:

    We in the Breakfast Club, have had breakfast with Bonnie just about every Saturday 10:00 for the past 33 Years. To say we are all close is an under statement – together, we have shared just about every emotion one can experience. Always knowing we will feel better after breakfast on Saturday Morning. I am so grateful that 33 years ago we created a section in each others heart for situations just like this. Now, Bonnie’s place in all our hearts will bring us the highest level of joy for the rest of our lives. And for a visual – Sister and Connie – two amazing ladies !!! The loss we feel cannot compare to the loss Joe’s must be experiencing – May God Bless and Comfort you. Thank you Bons for being such a HUGE part of our life – We Love You So Very Much – AND FURTHERMORE, Thanks to you – “Our eggs will never taste the same”.

  7. Deborah McCollum says:

    I will miss her smile and energy from all those Vinny Days.
    Thinking of you and the family with much love and Prayers
    Deborah McCollum

  8. Alma and Bobby Owen says:

    Bobby and I send our condolences to Joe and the family. Bonnie was a fun, capable person who led a full life. She touched many people. Thanks, Bonnie, for your kindness to us.

  9. Judy Wray says:

    Our world has lost a gem in Bonnie’s passing. I was very blessed that my life’s road crossed with hers at Capitol-EMI Records in the 1990’s. Bonnie’s beautiful character exuded sunshine in a spirit of amazing creativity, kindness, compassion, fun…joy!

  10. Alan Bentley says:

    Bonnie was the kind of person who would light up the room when she walked in. I remember her laugh was infectious and she was such a kind and loving soul. Anytime you were with Bonnie it was a guaranteed great time. The world is dimmer without you but heaven has gained a country music angel. You my friend will be missed by many and will never forgotten. ❤️❤️❤️

  11. Mason Murphy says:

    Laurie and I were lucky enough to move right next door to Joe and Bonnie 5 years ago. So here comes Bonnie walking over to introduce herself before the moving truck had even left yet, Joe not far behind with a dinner invitation to come over and cook-out and have some drinks. We had no idea what we were in for. I had not even set up the bed yet in the new house !

    Bonnie and I hit it off talking about music and artist. I’m in the live production side of touring, so we had LOTS to talk about. She was so special and loving to us and we had many a nights hanging out listening to music, watching shows in the theater and the stories about her experiences were never ending. She always called or yelled over if we went a couple of days without talking or getting together. Happy hours were any day of the week, don’t bother bringing anything to drink because there was plenty of Jim Beam and snacks of course. Bonnies bed time was 9pm sharp. No IF ‘s ands or Buts. Like it was in her ” contract “. Well one night we got to drinking and watching concerts in the theater and it knew it was getting close to 9p. We were having a great time, we were watching the Eagles of course. ( the new and improved version with Vince ) and I popped in one more show to see if she would stay. Queen -Live at Wembley. It worked ,we rocked out to ” we will rock you ” till 11:08 pm. It was a a new record ! Bonnie was a gem in the rough, a spunky wild spirit of energy and love. She will be greatly missed. Heaven gained another rockstar. RIP Bonnie. We love you. 🙂

  12. Buz Johanson says:

    My heart aches to lose my dear sister …..I have so many memories that I will cherish forever. Her smile, her laugh, her love of life with Pro Joe and the so many friends she always welcomed. Sweet journey Bon Bon !!! Much love for you…

  13. Debbie Drumheller says:

    Bonnie was the first Person I talked to about playing in the Vinny over 17 years ago.

    She was fun, loving and very outgoing. You never felt alone when Bonnie was around. I miss our fun conversations. RIP my friend. I will miss you ❤️❤️

  14. Bob Mueller says:

    Broken hearted over this. Bonnie was such a force for good at everything she did. She was a forever friend , full throated supporter of her causes The Vinny and so many more. She showed how much she loved her family and friends and especially Joe with her ever present smile and laugh. To say she will be missed is not saying enough. God’s Speed Bonnie

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