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Obituary: Smith, Bonneta P. “Bonnie”

Sat., June 14, 2014

Age 95

SMITH, Bonneta P. “Bonnie” (Age 95) Passed away Monday, June 9, 2014 at Orchard Crest Assisted Living in Spokane Valley, WA.

She was born January 8, 1919 north of Tekoa, WA, to Luther L. and Georgia (Brown) Cummings.

Her family moved into Tekoa when she was a child, and she attended grade school and high school in Tekoa graduating in 1937.

Following high school, Bonnie worked at the Sweet Shop in Tekoa.

Bonnie married Dale E. Smith on October 16, 1939 at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and the couple made their home in Tekoa.

The couple had three children, Michael, Carolyn, and Craig.

Dale worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and Bonnie was a homemaker.

While raising her family, Bonnie was a Camp Fire Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother.

Her husband Dale died in 1994.

Bonnie continued to make her home in Tekoa until moving to Orchard Crest in 2013.

Bonnie was a member of the Union Pacific Ladies Auxiliary, Tekoa Golf and Country Club, Tekoa Jaycee Club, and former member of the Christian Church where she taught Sunday school classes for many years.

Bonnie served on Tekoa’s Slippery Gulch Committee, and had helped with fundraisers to build Tekoa’s first swimming pool.

Bonnie enjoyed playing cards, Bridge and Pinochle, loved to bake cookies, can fruit and vegetables, and make jam.

Survivors include her children, Michael (Pat) Smith of Spokane Valley, WA, Carolyn Hay of Farmington, WA, and Craig (Holly) Smith of Valleyford, WA; three grandchildren, Joni (Eric) Hay-Smith, Harmony (Brandon) Briggs, and Matt (Candace) Smith; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her six siblings; Norman, Milton, Clayton, James, Kenneth Cummings, and Wanda Russell; and great-granddaughter, Marie Smith.

A graveside service will be held Monday, June 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at Goldenrod Cemetery in Tekoa, WA.

Pastor Kathy Lee Kramer will officiate at the service.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Tekoa Ambulance Fund, PO Box 597, Tekoa, WA 99033 Kramer Funeral Home of Tekoa, WA is handling the arrangements.


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