Bonnie Jane Workman of Norris, Mont., passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Sept. 27, 1939, in Casper, Wyo., to Edd Lee and Viola May (Taylor) Garrett.
Bonnie grew up on the “Ted Barlow Ranch,” 10 miles west of Gillette, Wyo. She graduated high school in Gillette in 1958. She then went on to receive an associate’s degree in nursing from Montana State University-Billings and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Montana State University-Bozeman. She was a student nurse throughout her nursing education.
She married Dock Herbert Workman on April 15, 1972, in Sheridan, Wyo.
Bonnie worked as a nurse at Billings Deaconess for 12 years and also the Veteran’s Administration in Sheridan, Wyo. She was the second nursing administrator at the Ennis Hospital and also director of nursing in Helena and Bozeman.
In addition to her long nursing career, she owned and operated Rivergal Shuttle Service, LLC, which was a shuttle service for fly fisherman on the Madison River. Bonnie was also a member of the Western Ways Band in which she played upright and bass guitar.
Obviously, Bonnie was a very hard-working, career-oriented person, but she also enjoyed many other things. She loved to go dancing to western music, gardening, animals (especially horses) and talking to her fisherman customers. She was a very strong, beautiful woman who beat the odds. She was a teacher to many and absolutely loved her family.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Harry Reno, who passed away in 1977.
She is survived by her brother William Lee Garrett; sons Justin Joe Reno and Kenrick Owen Workman; daughter Crystal Bachmann; stepchildren Shea Workman and Russell Workman; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and close family friends Ray Allison, Kevin Hodges and Mary Noble.
Memorials may be made in Bonnie’s name to Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, P.O. Box 1165, Bozeman, MT 59771-1165.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Interment with her late husband will take place at a later date at the Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo, Wyo.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com