Bonnie Jo Thomason

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Bonnie Jo Thomason, age 67, passed away at her home with her family surrounding her in Rexburg, Idaho on May 31, 2014, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born March 14, 1947 in Rigby, Idaho, to Connald and Marion Hymas Carlsen, where she grew up on a farm and learned the value of hard work, the love of music, the arts and great literature. Tragedy struck her family in 1960, when her mother was killed in an automobile accident. Later, her father married Ardath Jensen and moved to Rexburg, where her family blended and grew with six new siblings.
Bonnie met her future husband in Rexburg and married Warren Thomason in 1966, and was blessed with five boys. First living in Rigby Idaho, and then moving their family to Rexburg, on a corner lot belonging to Warren's father, Charles Thomason. Bonnie was a devoted wife and mother and loved being with her family hiking, camping, biking, white-water rafting and enjoying God's pristine wilderness areas of Idaho.
In 1986, Bonnie enrolled in school and finished her degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's of science degree in education from Brigham Young University. She felt graduating from college was one of her greatest accomplishments and her passion for the past 27 years has been teaching fifth graders.
One of her greatest joys in life was her 17 grandchildren. She loved, adored and cherished each one. Her desire was to not miss out on any part of their lives. This is what helped sustain her through the last months of her life.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in Scouting for 20 years, as Primary president, Young Women's president, Relief Society president, served on campus at BYU-Idaho in the Relief Society presidency, as Family History consultants and in many other callings.
She is survived by her husband, Wilford Warren Thomason, of Rexburg; and her sons and their wives; Michael and Brittany Thomason, of Blackfoot; Jason and Allison Thomason, of Sugar City; James and Nichole Thomason, of Rexburg; Colby and Denise Thomason, of Rigby and Christopher and Meredith Thomason, of Boise; her siblings and spouses, Dennis Carlsen, of Grass Valley, Calif.; Paul and Rosalee Jensen, of Pocatello; Beverly and Neil Taylor, of Menan; Sonja Thomason, of Rexburg; Barbara and Jon Goss, of Rexburg; Kerry and Maylin Carlsen, of Boise; Annette and Jim Spaulding, of Twin Falls; Elaine and Jeff Fluckiger, of Rexburg; Gaylen and Lisa Jensen, of Rexburg. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Connald and Marion Carlsen.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Rexburg Stake Center (845 West 7th South.) The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg and Friday at the stake center from 9:30 to 10:40 prior to services. Interment will be in the Burton Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com.
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Rexburg, ID 83440
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Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on June 3, 2014