The daughter of Hugh Ellis and Edna Easley-Stephens, Bonnie was born at home on November 9, 1943, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. As a young girl, she was raised in Tulsa and attended Edison High School, graduating as a member of the class of 1962. While living in Tulsa, she met and married Cecil White. Bonnie and Cecil had 3 daughters together and made their home in Huntsville, Arkansas. There she owned and operated C&B Drive-In. In 1977, Bonnie and her girls moved back to Tulsa, and over the next several years she worked for Chris Nickel’s Auto Haus as the Title Clerk. It was also during this time that she first met Charles Gary through mutual friends. They married on January 18, 1988. In 1993, once all the girls graduated, Bonnie enrolled in truck driving school and became an over-the-road truck driver with Charles. She would do this until retiring in 2008.