Bonnie Lou Lott Phillips Blaylock, 89, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
She was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Ucon, Idaho, to John Taylor Lott and Mary Hawkins.
She married the love of her life and next-door neighbor, Joseph Edward Phillips, on Oct. 2, 1946, in the Idaho Falls Temple. Their children are: Sandra (Ray) Layne and Joseph Craig (Patti) Phillips. She has seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Joe was killed in a tragic accident in Arizona five years after they were married.
Eight years after his death, she married Robert M. Blaylock on Dec. 2, 1960.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ray Hawkins Lott.
She is also survived by her brothers, Jack Lott, Richard (Ernestine) Lott and Spencer (Mary Ette) Lott; and her sisters, Mary (Don) Hill and Carolyn (Todd) Haungs.
Bonnie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a deep and abiding faith in our Heavenly Father, Savior and the Scriptures. She served as an organist, Primary teacher, librarian, Relief Society teacher, visiting teacher and visiting teaching coordinator.
Bonnie was raised on a farm in Ucon, where she was taught the values of hard work, keeping your word, the importance of paying tithing and a love for family. She taught these values to her children and grandchildren by her example.
She loved life and at the center of her life was her family. She was an excellent homemaker. She kept a beautiful and immaculate home. Her cooking skills were unsurpassed, much to the delight of her family. No one made better bread, cinnamon rolls, pies and hand-dipped chocolates. She enjoyed cooking for her family. She put a lot of love in preparing meals for Sunday dinners, birthdays and holidays.
She was a skilled seamstress and created countless articles of clothing and treasured heirloom needlework pieces. She was passionate about music and encouraged her family to develop their talents. She played the piano beautifully. She had a fondness for learning new things and reading.
She was an Idaho girl and looked forward to summers at her home on the Snake River in Swan Valley amongst her brothers and sisters, whom she adored. They spent their days visiting, canning and planning family get-togethers. One summer was spent writing a family cookbook to preserve their mothers' and grandmothers' recipes. The "Family Cookbook" is a treasure. She was proud of her heritage and made a valiant effort to further the cause of her family history records.
She has been an outstanding example of loving as our Savior does. Her legacy is one of service, charity and love.
We want to thank all those who cared for our mother in her last hours.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Monument Ward, 10854 N. 41 East in Ucon. There will be a viewing at 11 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in Ucon Cemetery.
Online condolences may be submitted to www.premierfuneral.com.