BONESTEEL, Velva M. (Age 95) Velva Maurine (Cheever) Bonesteel passed away September 21, 2013 in Spokane, WA. Velva was born in Sibley, Iowa April 18, 1918 and came to Arvin, CA with her family in 1928. She attended Arvin Elementary School, Kern County Union High School and Lufkin's Business College in Bakersfield, CA. She was a legal secretary for four years with attorneys Simon & Claffin in the Haberfelds Building and later moved with the firm of Clafflin and Chain to the new Sill Building in Bakersfield, CA. She later enjoyed twenty years as a school secretary in the Sunnyvale School District, Sunnyvale, CA. She was married to Merrill Bonesteel on April 20, 1947. Twelve years of their lives were lived in Grants Pass, OR, where she was an active member of Josephine Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Colonial Valley Garden Club. From Oregon Velva and Merrill moved back to California, living in Morro Bay and Bakersfield. In 1999 she and Merrill moved to Spokane, WA. She is survived by her son, Albert Gary Richardson of Eagle, ID; son Randall Merrill Bonesteel and daughter-in-law, Teresa of Spokane, WA; brother, Harry Cheever of Bakersfield, CA; sister, Shirley Ann Saunders and brother-in-law, Ray of Ukiah, CA; five grandchildren, Scott, Cassandra, Kristopher and twins Andrew and Patrick. At Velva's request there will be no services. Please visit Velva's online memorial and leave a message of condolence at www.hennesseyvalleyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to:
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 25, 2013