Mar. 16, 1942 ~ Feb.15, 2014|
"Thinking back I've lived a very full life maybe as much as 10 times as other people. I watched for opportunities and jumped on board for all the adventure I could afford. Knowing an Angel was always at my shoulder gave me assurance and comfort. This always served to make me constantly mindful of our all knowing Heavenly Father and that he loves and protects us."
Those words pretty well describe Mom's view of life. Her life began on March 16, 1942. She was the oldest of three daughters born to George Edward Nash and Hilda Ward in Pocatello, Idaho. Sisters Priscilla (Nielsen) and Darla (Rampton) completed the Nash family. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served faithfully in many callings. In 1964 she was married in the Logan LDS Temple and later divorced.
"Perhaps we were unique because we didn't live in a dysfunctional home. Both parents worked hard, Dad in the fields and dairy farm and Mother at the stove and sewing machine.
"Teaching their children to work was one of their greatest legacies. Once I told Dad that I didn't want to go to college - "I think I will just find work and get married." His response was "It's up to you, just remember, Dolly, you can either work hard or work smart." I must have chosen correctly because throughout my teaching career, which spanned 44 years, I always looked forward to Mondays. I was very fond of work as a teacher in English and Social Studies. I learned from my students as much as I hope they learned from me. After attending Utah State University for four years and getting married during that time-my first teaching job was at Logan High School. From there we moved to Davis County. I taught school at Roy High and Ogden City Schools. After taking about a year off to have a family, I began teaching at Layton High School in 1973.
"The adoption of our children Claire and Travis restored our happiness after our first two children returned to their Heavenly home. They were like the proverbial carrot on a stick that rewarded me at an appointed time. I would reunite with them and raise these babies later. When Claire and Travis were each sealed to us we were reminded that our family group sheet was complete with all four of our little ones-what a blessing this is. This knowledge has made it possible for me to accept my limitations and not fear death but rather celebrate in my heart.
"Hush Little Baby, don't you cry, Daddy's going to buy you a ….. Hush my loved ones don't you cry, I have written you a lullaby. I hope it comforts and confirms to you who helped shape me into what I have loved and learned in this life. Be Happy! I Am! We can all meet again another time! Thank you, Thank you all so much for your contribution to my learning and serving in this 71-year journey; hasn't it been Great!!"
Bonnie is survived by her daughter Claire and Lee Doss, and son Travis and Alissa (Hansen) Graham; grandchildren Ashley, Jay, Tyson and Cecily. Hailey, Britney, Austin, and Sophie Graham; sisters Priscilla and Dave Nielsen, and Darla and Kent Rampton. She is preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Gayle Graham.
The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to her three special caregivers: Angel, Amy, and Sunny from Inspiration Hospice, as well as her Greenbrier Ward family for all of the wonderful care and attention they willingly provided to our Mom.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Rd. Friends may visit with family on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. as well as Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Aultorest Memorial Park in Ogden.
In lieu of flowers Bonnie requests donations be made on her behalf to Layton High School Academics or the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.
Condolences may be shared at www.lindquistmortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News on Feb. 18, 2014