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Obituary - Bonnie S. Shiflett


Last updated 11/24/2020 at 2:18pm

Bonnie Shiflett

Bonnie S. Shiflett, 82, passed away at Northern Montana Hospital due to complications of COVID Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Cremation has taken place, and services will be held when it is safe to gather.

Her family has suggested memorial donations be made in Bonnie's memory to the charity of the donor's choice.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.

Please visit Bonnie's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her family at http://www.hollandbonine.com .

Bonnie was born on March 18, 1938, in Columbus, MT, the last of 13 children born to Earl and Zeta Thompson. She grew up in Winifred, Montana, and graduated in 1955.

Bonnie married Ed Shiflett June 2, 1957, in Winifred. They made their home in Havre, where they raised their two daughters. Bonnie worked hard for many years as a waitress at the 2/87 truck stop, 4Bs, and Ironhorse Café. She was amazing at remembering orders without writing them down and carrying out three to four plates on one arm.

Bonnie retired in May 2011 after 31 years as the "Lunch Lady" at Lincoln McKinley School. This past year, she made her home in the Eagles' Manor where she made some great long lasting friendships and enjoyed looking out her window at Havre.

Bonnie enjoyed dancing, country music, her daily run to get a Diet Coke and drive around town making sure everyone was where they should be, and socializing. Social distancing really wasn't her friend as she missed her time with her many friends. Bonnie will be remembered for her fried chicken, potato salad (that her family requested often), and pumpkin pie for Kyle.

She spent many years camping at Beaver Creek with Ed and her camping family, and spent many summers out in the mountains tending to the campfire. She looked forward to her weekly Saturday lunch, where we would gather to visit about our week. Bonnie was very proud of her family and was a daily presence in our lives. She adored her Thompson Family and looked forward to their family reunions when all the family would get together every five years.

Bonnie was a member of Fifth Avenue Christian Church and served on the Eagles Club board.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Ed Shiflett; parents, Earl and Zeta Thompson; sisters, Garnet Ayers, Wava Kruger Caudill, Donna Murray, and Doris Zeiler; and brothers Kenneth "Bus," Robert "Freck," John, Paul, Doug, and Tom Thompson.

Bonnie is survived by her daughters, Wanda (Gary) Richardson and Dixie (Steve) Brough of Havre; five grandchildren, Mindy (Mike) Patterson of Post Falls, ID, Sara (Chad) Edgar and Kyle McLean of Havre, Shelbi Brough of Wenatchee, WA, and Shaylan Brough of Havre; four great-grandchildren, Keylee Kline, and Gracee, Jenna and Dylan Patterson; brothers Dick (Betty) Thompson of Spokane, WA, and Ted (Judy) Thompson of Roy, MT; sisters-in-law Shirley Shiflett of Morrisonville, NY, and Dorene Thompson of Great Falls; special friend, Jim Stewart; numerous "favorite" nieces and nephews; and many friends she held dear to her heart.


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