The Lusk Herald
October 19, 2016
Bonita ("Bonnie") Elzora Thomas passed away peacefully at her home in Gold Canyon, AZ on Oct. 8, 2016. She was born in Lusk, WY on Dec. 16, 1929, the daughter of Menno C. and Mabel (Butler) Kaan. One of six children, Bonnie grew up on her father's cattle ranch. She graduated from Lusk High School in 1947 and received an associate degree from Colo. Women's College in 1949.
She met the love of her life, Ralph E. Thomas, at the Univ. of Wyo., and they were married in Lusk, WY on Dec. 18, 1949. Their first child, Mark E. Thomas was born in Nov. of 1950. Upon Ralph's graduation in 1952, the family moved to the Willow Glen Ranch south of Buffalo, WY, where they managed the ranch for 10 yrs. Their second child, Scott E. Thomas, was born in March of 1953. The family moved to Laramie, WY where Bonnie worked at the Univ. of Wyo. Athletic Dept. ticket office to help put Ralph through law school. After Ralph's law school graduation in 1965, the family moved to Lander, WY where Ralph practiced law and Bonnie worked as a secretary at the Nicholas and Thomas law firm. Bonnie was active as a volunteer in Rep. Party politics, and became an avid golfer. In 1974, Ralph and Bonnie moved to Cheyenne, WY, and Bonnie held secretarial and office mgr. jobs, mostly for McGladrey, Hansen, Dunn & Co., while Ralph served as Director of the Legislative Srv. Office of the Wyo. State Legislature.
Bonnie and Ralph retired and moved to Gold Canyon, AZ in 1996. They became active in the Mountainbrook Village community, made many friends, and golfed happily until their early eighties.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her siblings Jantine Warnock, Gordon Kaan, Laurence Kaan, and Cecil Kaan. Her sister, Shirley Wallace, survives her. She also is survived by her loving husband, Ralph; sons, Mark and Scott, and their wives Catherine and Elena; grandchildren Laurie Miller (Scott), Bryan Thomas, David Thomas, and Carolyn Thomas; and great-grandchildren Madeleine and Genevieve Miller. No formal service is planned. Donations in her memory may be made to Banner Health Foundation, with a designation for the Home Based Palliative Care Program, 2901 N. Central Ave., Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ 85012, 602-747-4483.
Henrietta Jean Baker (February 1, 1930 - February 11, 2016)George Butler (Date Unknown - June, 1950)Lawrence Oscar Butler (March 10, 1884 - June 11, 1951)Minnie Butler (April 2, 1905 - July 10, 1992)Robert Butler (Date Unknown - January 25, 1951)Beverly Ann Darrow (June 17, 1935 - January 15, 2013)Robert Ord Darrow (January 6, 1933 - April 22, 2016)George Camille Dixon (November 18, 1922 - March 9, 2015)Sandra Hopkins (March 4, 1949 - November 1, 1990)Donna M. Jetson (Date Unknown - November 30, 2006)Cecil Butler Kaan (December 10, 1926 - January 4, 2011)Daryl James Kaan (October 31, 1960 - May 8, 2010)Dorothy L. Kaan (September 17, 1925 - November 29, 2011)Edith Mae Kaan (June 8, 1902 - December 5, 1995)Emily Jane Kaan (April 16, 1929 - February 21, 1992)Gordon Menno Kaan (July 22, 1922 - April 20, 2008)Henry Lafayette Kaan (February 10, 1924 - January 1, 2006)Henry Kaan (January 20, 1893 - October 20, 1961)Lawrence A. Kaan (July 7, 1924 - November 11, 1988)Mabel Geneva Kaan (July 26, 1894 - July 11, 1950)Marjorie Kaan (September 18, 1900 - June 24, 1990)Menno Cornelius Kaan (April 11, 1889 - November 10, 1984)Nicholaas Kaan (August 20, 1930 - July 14, 1987)Nicolaas Teunes Kaan (May 10, 1891 - August 22, 1977)Vivian Narcissia Kaan (December 30, 1896 - November 14, 1931)Gregory John Kuhn (January 17, 1918 - June 2, 1967)Helen V. Redding (February 24, 1922 - August 10, 1993)James H. Shillenn (September 10, 1921 - September 22, 1994)Norma Ione Shillenn (March 22, 1923 - May 20, 1992)Jantine E. Warnock (September 25, 1920 - March 25, 2004)
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