In Loving Memory of Bonnie Anderson: 1944-2021

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On Aug. 28, 2021, Bonnie Mae Anderson, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away at age 77. 

Bonnie was born on Jan. 19, 1944, in Boise, Idaho. Her parents were Gladys and David Rae and Ivan Phillips. She was the youngest sibling to Donna Jean, Mary and Dale. 

As a youth, Bonnie played high school basketball and saxophone in the band. She enjoyed ranching and rodeo with her horse Smokey. Bonnie was a rodeo princess at the 1960 Snake River Stampede. 

After graduating from Middleton High School, Bonnie moved to Ogden, Utah, where she met and married her eternal love, Valo fiBernard Anderson. They first moved to Seattle, Washington, before establishing their farm in Winlock, Washington. Here they raised their two children and were married for 56 years. 

Bonnie loved her farm and had so much pride and joy in the animals, crops and garden. Bonnie loved to sew, bake and cook for her friends and family. She will always be remembered for her wild blackberry pie and “Bon Burgers.” Bonnie also retired from the Winlock School District after years of dedication providing transportation, assistance and love to special needs students. 

Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Renee Fenton; her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Marisa Anderson; granddaughters Rachel, Palen, Emilia and Elizabeth; and grandson Tristan. 

We will celebrate Bonnie’s life on Sept. 18, 2021, at 11a.m. at St. Urban’s Church in Winlock. In lieu of flowers, the family requests individuals honor Bonnie by sharing a smile and gesture of kindness with someone who needs a gift of love.

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