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Bonnie Janice Minter

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Minter, Bonnie Janice Robertson

Bonnie Janice Robertson Minter of Farmington, New Mexico, passed away quietly at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital (Hospice Unit) in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January, 10, 2016. She was born in Hillsboro, Texas on December 6, 1930, the daughter of Alton Cook (AC) Robertson, and Jewell Ala Mildred Pauline Irion Robertson. She spent most of her youth in Midland, Texas graduating from Midland High in 1947.

Bonnie and her husband Dave ran the Alamo Military Surplus store at 2950 East Main, in Farmington and was a 1969 graduate of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado (also attending Texas Tech in her youth). She taught English, drama, speech and debate at Hermosa Middle School in the Farmington for many years running numerous clubs. Her children were heard to comment, "My mother wears combat boots." To which Bonnie would reply, "Because they are so comfortable & wear so well." Bonnie always thought of herself as having a Scottish heritage, even though she was a fifth generation Texan.

Always polite, she had an incredibly sharp wit. When salesmen or religious people would come to the door, she would simply say in perfect English "I am sure you will find my neighbors much more receptive than I." She was a stickler for language. Asking her "Can I have a cookie?" would prompt the response that "Can" means are you physically capable of something, and she would say "Yes, you are physically capable of having a cookie. Did you mean to ask for permission?" Her penchant for language made her an impossible person to play scrabble with, since she only played 6, 7 or 8 letter words. She would do the NY Times Sunday crossword puzzle with her Father AC Robertson, but they would ONLY do the across clues or the down clues. Then they would count how many white squares remained. The Sunday NY Times crossword puzzle wasn't challenging enough for that pair.

She loved animals, and the veterinarians knew that if an injured or abandoned animal was found that no one else would adopt, then Bonnie and Dave would. She and Dave loved to go on drives, sometimes venturing as far as Georgia or Kentucky while sleuthing out some genealogical clues to their ancestry.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, I. D. (Dave) Minter; sister LaVena Robertson Cooper of Odessa, Texas; her children: Stanley Allen Crane and wife Tricia of Healdsburg, Ca; and Robert Eugene Crane and wife, Karen of Durango, CO; Janice Dee Crane Traugh and husband Mark of Macon, GA; and Millie May Crane Meyer and husband, Norman of Albuquerque NM; grandchildren: Audrey Crane, Allen Crane, Brian Crane, Daniel Crane, Kelly Crane Schroeder, Scott Traugh, Jennifer Traugh Martin, Lowell Meyer, Alton Meyer and Mika Christmann; great grandchildren: Clementine Crane-Brown, Calliope Crane-Brown, Auburn Crane-Buckman, Dylan Crane, Wednesday Crane, Igby Crane, Trinity Crane, Trace Crane, Rhylann Schroeder, Zachary Martin, Katelyn Martin, Jackson Traugh, Elizabeth Traugh, Claire Meyer, Sophie Meyer and Olivia Christmann.

She was preceded in death by grandson Michael Crane and great granddaughter Aria Crane.

Memorial services were held in Albuquerque at Daniels' Mortuary on Monday, January 11 and interment will be at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Warner Robins, Georgia on Saturday, January 16th. Donations in lieu of flowers should be made to: Best Friends Animal Society, or Living Free Animal Sanctuary.

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Hart's Mortuary at the Cupola has charge of arrangements.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 17, 2016
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