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Bonnie Francis Caron, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, in Albuquerque. She was a longtime resident of Alamogordo.
Bonnie was born Nov. 24, 1922, on a farm in Ames, Kan., to Grant Palmer Appleby and Sophronia Helen (Buoy) Appleby. She married her high school sweetheart, Joe J. Caron, on Sept. 7, 1942. On Nov. 12, 1942, during World War II, Joe entered into active service with the Army Air Corps. They were stationed in Granada, Miss. From there, Joe was off to Burma, India, and Bonnie returned to Ames to take care of their turkey business. After Joe's tour of duty, the family moved to Seattle, Wash., Wichita, Kan., and in 1956 to Alamogordo where Joe worked for Hughes Aircraft and later owned and operated Caron Associates, specializing in life insurance and annuities.
Bonnie loved being raised on a farm. In fact, she preferred spending time outdoors helping her father on the farm rather than doing household chores. She did, however, learn from her mother how to be an excellent cook, seamstress and gardener. In her vegetable garden there was always plenty to share with neighbors. She also enjoyed harvesting and shelling their own pecans and keeping her children well supplied until the next year's harvest.
Bonnie excelled in high school basketball and track as a high jumper. Joe first met her at a track meet and they were together ever since. Bonnie's two granddaughters, Kami and Angela, carried on the tradition as high jumpers. She would tell them they were lucky to be able to land on a soft mat. She had to land on stirred up dirt.
In Alamogordo, Bonnie was employed at The Credit Bureau of Alamogordo for a number of years followed by her work as a cafeteria cook at Buena Vista Elementary School. She also was a part-time employee at Loco Credit Union. She was a very diligent and conscientious employee. Her greatest enjoyment, though, was being a homemaker. Her family was her life. She was a wonderful, adoring wife, mom and grandma. There were many other children who loved and looked up to her. She always gave so much of herself and asked nothing in return. She was a kind and loyal sister, aunt, friend and neighbor.
Bonnie was a member of Christ Community Church. She was a member of the Flowering Desert Garden Club, the Porcelain Arts Club (china painting) and PEO Chapter AV. In August 2004, Bonnie entered four of her own favorite recipes in the Otero County Fair and received four blue ribbons. At 81 years of age, not only was she thrilled, but her family was very proud of her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Grant and Sophronia; her husband, Joe; her brother Wilbur and his wife, Josephine; and her sister Martha Partch and her husband, Leo.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Caron, of Albuquerque, and Paul Caron, of Santa Fe; two daughters, Dianne Caron, of Santa Fe, and Mary Carlson and her husband, Richard, of Alamogordo; grandchildren Kami Bailey and fiance, Aaron Perea, and Michael Bailey, of Tucson, Ariz., Angela Carlson, of Albuquerque, Croix Caron, of Santa Fe, and Nicole Weaver and her husband, Travis, of Salt Lake City; her sister Helen Balthazor and her husband, Armand, of Concordia, Kan.; best friend Phyllis Lawson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home in Alamogordo with Darrell Hoskinson officiating.
Interment will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Michael Caron, Paul Caron, Richard Carlson, Michael Bailey, Dell Sanders and David Cebales. Honorary pallbearers will be Croix Caron, Fred Appleby, Ray Gilstrap, A.A. (Web) Webster and Aaron Perea.
The family will greet friends and family Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
To sign the online guest book, please visit
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 10 to Feb. 26, 2010
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