Jun 112014

Bonnie Beals Byrd, 88, of Snowflake passed away peacefully on Monday, June 2, 2014, in Phoenix, surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, June 13, at the Snowflake Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 175 E. Ninth St. South. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon immediately before the funeral. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the St. David Cemetery in St. David.

Bonnie was born July 24, 1925, to Richard Francis and Mary Alice Birdno Beals in Pima. She was the 11th of 12 children in her family. She came from a long line of Mormon pioneers.

She was married to Jerry Thompson in 1942 and had a son, Jerry Leroy, in 1943. Bobby Eugene and Larry Lanier joined the family in the next two years, but both died as newborns.

In October 1954, Bonnie married Vance Wilkins Byrd. The Byrd family owned a hotel, restaurant and grocery store in Willcox, where Vance and Bonnie worked during the early years of their marriage. Soon they relocated to St. David, where they lived and raised their two youngest sons.

Her life was defined by hard work. She was a mail carrier and door-to-door saleswoman. She sold products for Sarah Coventry Jewelry, Stanley Cleaning Products, Watkins, Mason Shoes and a lingerie company. She cleaned houses and was a nanny in Benson. The last job she had was working for Salvation Army in Mesa, quitting in her early 80s to finally retire in Snowflake.

She was a life-long member of the LDS church, where she held many callings. Her favorite was caring for the young children in the nursery.

She enjoyed singing, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

Survivors include her sons, Richard of Perth, Ontario, Canada, and Ron (Cari) of Snowflake; a sister, Cledith Baker of Yuma; 10 grandchildren; and a multitude of great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Vance; her sons, Leroy, Bobby and Larry; her granddaughter, Janice K. Thompson; her great-granddaughter, Amy Teague; and eight sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

She will be dearly missed!

Bunker’s Garden Chapel Funeral Home and Richardson’s Mortuary were in charge of the arrangements.Bonnie Byrd pic