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Bonnie Jean Thyberg Pratt


1919 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Bonnie Jean Thyberg Pratt Obituary
Bonnie Jean Thyberg Pratt passed away at her home in Wapello on December 21, 2016.
She was born April 5, 1919 in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Leo and Gertrude Forbes Thyberg. She followed a sister, Vera Rose, born 15 years earlier.
Bonnie was raised by her mother "True," and was taught from an early age to put others' needs before her own, a lesson she never forgot. She graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1937 and married Eldro Benjamin Pratt two years later. Eldro and Bonnie lived in Blackfoot until the ranch called Eldro back to Wapello where they would spend the rest of their marriage of 62 years.
Bonnie, though a town girl at heart, was a true ranch partner and helped build a successful business through good years and bad. Her forte was following the cattle herd with her ton truck and camp trailer up the Blackfoot River Trail and feeding full course meals to all the cowboys and cowgirls. Every winter morning she served "coffee time," which was a favorite activity for the hay feeding crew.
She was a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother first and foremost, and showed her offspring her love on a daily basis. She carried an "attitude of gratitude" and was a role model to all who met her.     
Bonnie was a life-long member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Blackfoot, which gave her a much loved community and sustained her faith throughout the years.
She was active in the Firth Homemaker's Club and taught 4-H cooking, sewing and home improvement to area girls for many years. The ranch was home to many wayward boys over the years and Bonnie made each one feel special. She was everyone's grandma at her kitchen table. 
A favorite activity in her later years was "taking care of the old people" at the Blackfoot Senior Citizen Center as a cashier for the Wednesday lunch. 
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, and her beloved husband, Eldro, who passed away on December 18, 2000. She is survived by a daughter, Anita Ferrin, Idaho Falls, a son Gary Pratt (Anita Kay), Wapello, and grandchildren, Cindy Cruthirds (Douglas), Lewiston, Susan Lynch (Allen), Los Angeles, CA, Dave Ferrin, Idaho Falls, Mark Pratt (Wendy), Wapello, and Mona Martin (Hal), Kimberly. She is also survived by ten great grandchildren, Doug, Callie, Seth, Cody, Anna, Kylie, Parker, Natalie, Lexi and Lilly, and one great-great grandchild, Carter Ann.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on December 27, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends on December 26, 2016, from 6–8 p.m. at the funeral home and again prior to the service from 10–10:45 a.m. Interment will follow at the Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com. 
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Bingham County 4-H Scholarship Fund, 412 W. Pacific St., Blackfoot, Idaho, 83221.
Published in The Morning News on Dec. 24, 2016
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