1919 - 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Bonnie L. Premer, long-time Laramie resident, died Thursday (Feb. 18, 2010).
Bonnie was born in McCook in 1919, to Robert and Hattie Boner and graduated from Red Willow High School in 1937.
She married Leon Premer in 1938. They had two daughters, Garnet Holden of Grass Valley, Calif., and Gwen Tilling of Palm Springs, Calif.
Bonnie, Leon and daughter Gwen moved from Wauneta to their ranch northwest of Laramie in 1948. Bonnie and Leon raised cattle and baled many tons of alfalfa hay over the years.
Bonnie drove their rural school bus during the 1960s, followed by five years working as a line supervisor, at the University of Wyoming cafeteria. During the 1970s, Bonnie was an Albany County Election Board Judge, and she was a volunteer with the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.
She was a longtime member of the First Methodist Church, but had recently joined the First Baptist Church, Women of the Moose, the Albany County Farm Bureau, Albany County Cowbelles, was awarded Ranch woman of the year and was a member of the First National Bank Heritage Club. Bonnie enjoyed line dancing, and, for several years, she walked with the Senior Walkers. She was an avid gardener who loved her flowers and rocks.
Bonnie and Leon sold their ranch and moved into town in 1992. Leon died in 1995.
Bonnie is survived by her daughters, Gwen Tilling of Palm Springs, Calif., Garnet and husband, Bruce Holden of Grass Valley, Calif.; her granddaughter, Tammy and husband, Danny O'Neil of Vancouver, Wash.; three step-grandchildren, Marguerite, Corey, and Forrest Holden; one great-granddaughter, Payton Dawn O'Neil; and Bonnie's brother Keith and wife, Norma Boner of McCook. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Tuesday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mary Beth Mankin officiating. Interment followed at Green Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible contributions can be made to the "University of Colorado Foundation", and allocated to the program or use of your choice at the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, 1675 North Aurora Court, PO Box 6510, Mail Stop F 731, Aurora, CO 80045 (Email: Opthalmology.Gifts@uchsc.edu)
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Services are under the direction of Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home.