Bonnie Rosalie Hayes Wilson age 73 of Laurel, Montana passed away peacefully in her sleep at home November 3, 2018. Bonnie was born in Juneau, AK, June 19, 1945 to Howard and Gladys Hayes. Bonnie was the only girl in a family with four brothers, Howie, David, Arthur and Michael.
On June 19, 1966 she married Wayne Wilson after meeting him on a blind date six days earlier. Bonnie and Wayne had two children, Neva Wilson Martin (Seattle) and Michael Wilson (Bozeman). Bonnie and Wayne raised their children in many places including Alaska and Montana. Wayne’s job as a land surveyor took them on many adventures to many different locations. Bonnie worked different jobs througout her life including survey camp cook, engineering tech at MDU and the job she did and loved best – being a mom. Following their retirement, Bonnie and Wayne spent their years traveling between their home in Laurel and their winter locale of Demming, New Mexico. On their way south they would visit family along the way and traveled to Seattle and Bozeman to visit their grandchildren and great-grandchildren as often as possible. They were fortunate enough to take two safaris hunting in South Africa as well.
Bonnie was an avid collector of antiquities, art, dolls and teddy bears. As the daughter of a geologist, she also was the world’s most dedicated rock hound. Bonnie loved people and would do anything for anyone at any time. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross and spend many weeks in New Orleans and Florida assisting in hurricane rescue and recovery, as well as other locations.
Bonnie will be remembered most for her love of people. She leaves behind many friends, loved ones and a family who will mourn her endlessly. She is survived by her husband, Wayne of Laurel, MT; daughter Neva (Jeff) of Enumclaw, WA; son, Michael (Angie) of Bozeman, MT; grandchildren Josh and Logan Wilson of Bozeman, MT; Ari and Noah Martin of Enumclaw, WA; great-grandchildren Andrew, Eric and Liam Wilson of Bozeman; brother Michael Hayes of Bellingham, WA; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family. Bonnie lived her life with zest and joyfulness, always giving of herself to others – remember her this way, we will.