Bonnie Jean Porter, 87, of Owl Creek, Shoup, Idaho, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Discovery Care Center in Salmon, Idaho.
Bonnie Jean Porter was born Oct. 7, 1926, to William Raleigh Thompson and Leah (Chadwick) Thompson in Ashton, Idaho.
Bonnie met John Fred Porter in 1967 at the Recorder Herald during the election. The second time he saw her, he asked her out for a date. They were married July 20, 1968, in Salmon at Ginny Fanni's home.
The couple made their home between Salmon and Owl Creek. During the school year they lived in Salmon so their son Tim could go to school. Tim passed away in 1973 at the age of 11.
Bonnie worked on the ranch at Owl Creek while Fred continued to fly fire tankers in our area, Montana, Arizona and Nevada. She made her Owl Creek Jams and Jellies for many years as well as being the cook for the Owl Creek Ranch from 1970 through 1985. She was an excellent cook and was always accommodating extra visitors with a meal or a special snack.
She enjoyed having her grandchildren spend their summers with her at the ranch. She could put together a party to be remembered. Anniversaries and birthdays were celebrated with fun, dancing, good times and good food.
She was a member of the QRU of Shoup and a member of the Red Hat Society for many years. She was a wonderful quilter and enjoyed her time with the ladies from the Down River area, as well as North Fork and Gibbonsville, making many lifelong friendships.
As a former Recorder Herald employee, she became quite interested in the history of our area and shared her love of the local history with all of her family and friends.
The Porter home was always a busy place, because everyone loved to go see "Fred and Bonnie." She loved the company and made each visitor feel so special and treated them just like family.
Bonnie is survived by husband, Fred Porter of Owl Creek; seven grandchildren, Robert Parsons of Owl Creek, Gerald Parsons of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Shawn Robison of Salt Lake City, Fred Wilcox and Randy Wilcox of Boise, Tim Wilcox of Reno, Nev., and Jeannie Wilcox of Boise; six great-grandchildren, Robert, Marrisa, Alexus, Adriana, Angelo and Porter; great-great grandson, Ryder; one sister, Helen Thompson of Tacoma, Wash.; and special friends, Lois and Homer Chaffin, the entire Farro family, and Nita Faye and Marlin Kent.
She was preceded in death by three children: sons, Butch Wilcox and Tim Porter, and daughter, Aaleah Erickson; grandson, Billy Wilcox; three sisters, Dena, Norma and Nadine; and a brother, Russell.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Salmon Cemetery in Salmon, Idaho. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Salmon.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.jonesandcaseyfh.com.