Bonham Bros. Mortuary of Ramona, California opened its doors in 1968 and was located on Main Street. The mortuary was a sister facility for Bonham Bros. Mortuaries of San Diego. The Bonham Bros. Band was well known, frequently spotted playing in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The mortuary still receives calls searching for any of the old band members. The Bonham Bros. Mortuary of Ramona was eventually sold to a corporation and moved to its present location on 12th Street in 1975. A flagpole and monument mark the date of the move. The core of the current location is an original adobe home built in the late 1940’s and was occupied by the longtime Ramona family, the Peppers, among others.
The spectacular rock fireplace, indicative of the area, greets families as they enter the lobby and was built by Ramona attorney’s father, Pat Sciarretta. Metate stone ledges, used for grinding acorns, jut from the fireplace telling of the area’s Native American culture. In the late 1970’s a chapel was added that seats 210. High ceilings and knotty pine adorn the chapel. Many families that have utilized this mortuary have shared their occupying of the small, back house on the property and many recall sweet memories of playing with the Pepper children.
In 1981 the mortuary operation was sold to husband and wife, Alf and Carolyn Lee. They retained ownership until we purchased it in January of 2002 when it became Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service. The mortuary continues to serve Ramona and all San Diego County communities. The backcountry is a “way of life” for those that live here. Ramona, the geographic center of San Diego County, continues to cling to the essence of small town America.
We are Juliana and James Stewart, the owners and operators of Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary and CremationService. We are both funeral directors and embalmers. We have a combined 40 years of experience in funeral service. Also working at the mortuary is Jennie Bowman, Juliana’s sister. Jennie is an arrangement counselor offering her expertise in event planning to the families.
We appreciate the small town essence of Ramona and continue to provide that level of service that so many of us miss from long ago….where word of mouth, return customers and a handshake still hold great importance. We do care about you and your family. As one of the last remaining truly family owned and operated funeral homes we have the time and ability to give you personalized attention. When the services are over we want you to feel confident that you have memorialized your loved one in the manner in which you felt fit your needs. We continue to offer cremation and burial arrangements. We are here for you and available long after the service is over but your needs and feelings are not. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and appreciate that you have placed your trust in us.