Bonnie Dot Penner, 81

Print Article

Bonnie Dot Penner, 81, of Bigfork, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

Bonnie, affectionately known to others as “Tiny,” was born on Sept. 7, 1937, to Austin and Nellda Dillree in Rexburg, Idaho, joining older sister Lois and brothers Gary and Larry. The family relocated to Ovando. She attended Missoula County High School in Missoula and graduated in 1955.

Bonnie’s greatest treasure was her family. She loved celebrations that brought the entire extended family together. Any chance to gather, play cards, tell stories, and enjoy a family meal. No one ever went hungry around Bonnie, be it her family, friends, or the multitude of birds and sometimes deer fed from her front porch. She was also known for her homemade candy and cookies, which were eagerly anticipated and will surely be missed.

Bonnie’s other treasure was her yard. She possessed enviable gardening skills and spent countless hours in her yard, planting and tending to all her flowers and trees. Her efforts always brought amazement to visitors and Bonnie was delighted when her fruit trees would bloom, producing buckets full of pears and apples.

She was reunited in passing with her parents, Austin and Nellda Dillree, and brother Gary Dillree, among others.

She is survived by her sister, Lois James, and brother, Larry Dillree, both of Ovando. She is survived by her children, daughter Susan Nellda Cooper of Homedale, Idaho; son Geno Naef of San Antonio, Texas; son Larry Penner of Bigfork; son Butch Naef of Spearfish, South Dakota; son Jamie Penner of Bigfork; and daughter Ann Penner and son-in-law Todd of Helena; in addition to several grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she loved to squeeze and hug.

The family is planning to hold a celebration of Bonnie’s life this summer, when the grass is green and the flowers are in bloom, just the way she preferred them.

Print Article

Read More Obituaries

Elva Marie Forman, 87

February 21, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Elva passed away Feb. 18, 2019, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Elva was born in Ohio on April 6, 1931, to Clarence and Inez McClain. She was preceded in dea...

Comments

Read More

Theodore Leonard ‘Ted’ Hendrickson, 80

February 21, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Ted went home to be with the Lord, unexpectedly, on Feb. 18, 2019. He was the oldest child of Philip and Edna Hendrickson, born on Sept.7, 1938, in Everett, Washington. He graduated from Everett Hig...

Comments

Read More

Sharon Lee Talbot Richardson, 77

February 21, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Our sweet Mom passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. She died as she lived, with strength, courage and dignity. We will miss her in so many ways. Mom was born on Aug. 14, 1941, to Marie Elizabeth Lar...

Comments

Read More

Allen Ingvald Skare, 89

February 20, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Allen Ingvald Skare, 89, passed away on Feb. 15, 2019, at Edgewood Vista in Kalispell,. Allen was born on Sept. 5, 1929, in North Dakota to Ingvald and Amanda Skare. Allen is survived by his child...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 755-7000
727 East Idaho
Kalispell, MT 59901

©2019 Daily Inter Lake Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X