Memorial services for Bonnie Marquiss will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Doug Rumsey of Antelope Valley Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.
Bonnie Marquiss, 86, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2011, at her home in Sheridan, Wyo., from natural causes.
Bonnie was the adopted daughter of Worth and Winnie Lynde of Gillette, Wyo. She was born at the Reynolds home in Sheridan, Wyo., and went to live with the Lyndes seventeen miles south of Gillette at ten days of age. Bonnie attended rural schools her elementary years and took the first two years of high school through correspondence classes. She went to Gillette her junior and senior years and graduated from Campbell County High School.
After graduation she taught at the Sturt School for one year. She had a lot of fond memories of teaching and of the pupils she taught.
On June 13, 1945, she married Don Lewis Marquiss of Gillette. They lived on the Little Buffalo Ranch for a short time, and then bought the McKune ranch, where they lived and raised their family. They were very active in the development of the Columbia breed of sheep. After retiring from the ranch they lived in Buffalo, Wyo., then Dayton, Wyo., and for a short time in Sheridan, Wyo.
Bonnie devoted her life to being a caring and loving wife and mother. She was always willing to help others and loved people. She loved to sew, cook, care for her home, doing yard work, grow flowers, taking care of young livestock. She loved having her family close and enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took care of her parents in their later years. Bonnie was always active in the communities where she lived, made friends easily, and valued all her many friends greatly.
Bonnie is survived by her husband of 67 years, Don Marquiss of Sheridan, Wyo.; her sons, Duke (Ginger) Marquiss of Fort Collins, Colo., Bob (Pam) Marquiss of Bozeman, Mont., and Rocky (Lisa) of Gillette, Wyo; her daughters, Teresa (Lenard) Seeley of Osage, Wyo., and Donelle Marquiss of Sheridan, Wyo.; sister, Evelyn McClure of Casper, Wyo., thirteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters, and one son (David).
In lieu of flowers, memorials to benefit “The Curtis Foundation” and condolences may be sent in Bonnie’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be sent via the website www.gillettememorialchapel.com.