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Bonita Elzora "Bonnie" Thomas


1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Bonita Elzora "Bonnie" Thomas Obituary
Thomas, Bonita "Bonnie" Elzora
86, passed away on October 8, 2016. Our beloved Bonnie Thomas passed away peacefully at her home in Gold Canyon, AZ. She was born in Lusk, WY on December 16, 1929, the daughter of Menno C. and Mabel (Butler) Kaan. One of six children, Bonnie grew up on her father's cattle ranch. She graduated from Lusk High School in 1947 and received an associate degree from Colorado Women's College in 1949. She met the love of her life, Ralph E. Thomas, at the University of Wyoming, and they were married in Lusk on December 18, 1949. Their first child, Mark E. Thomas was born in November of 1950. Upon Ralph's graduation in 1952, the family moved to the Willow Glen Ranch south of Buffalo, WY, where they managed the ranch for 10 years. Their second child, Scott E. Thomas, was born in March of 1953. The family moved to Laramie, WY where Bonnie worked at the University of Wyoming Athletic Department to help put Ralph through law school. In 1965 the family moved to Lander, WY where Ralph practiced law and Bonnie worked as a secretary in his firm. Bonnie was active in Republican politics and became an avid golfer. In 1974, Ralph and Bonnie moved to Cheyenne, WY. Bonnie held secretarial and office manager positions, while Ralph served as Director of the Legislative Service Office of the Wyoming State Legislature. Bonnie and Ralph retired and moved to Gold Canyon, AZ in 1996. They were active in the Mountainbrook Village community, made many friends, and golfed happily until their early eighties. Bonnie was preceded in death by her siblings Jantine Warnock, Gordon Kaan, Laurence Kaan, and Cecil Kaan. Her sister, Shirley Wallace, survives her. She also is survived by her loving husband, Ralph; her sons, Mark and Scott, their wives Catherine and Elena, grandchildren Laurie Miller (Scott), Bryan Thomas, David Thomas and Carolyn Thomas and great-grandchildren Madeleine and Genevieve Miller. No formal service is planned. Donations in her memory may be made to the Banner Health Foundation, with a designation for the Home Based Palliative Care Program, 2901 N. Central Ave., Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ 85012, 602-747-4483.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 23, 2016
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