|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1833|
|Death: ||Jan. 17, 1910|
DENVER POST (Denver, CO) Monday, January 17, 1910
Mrs. Eugene N Bonfils died this morning in Troy, MO, at the home of her son, Dr. W. D. Bonfils.
Mrs. Bonfils was the mother of F.G., Thomas L and Charles A. Bonfils of Denver. She had been ill for several months, but the end came suddenly at the last. Mrs. Bonfils was born in Virginia seventy-six years ago. She was a member of the distinguished Merryweather-Lewis family and was connected both by blood and by marriage, with most of the proudest names in the proud Old Dominion. Her father's cousin, Col. Fielding Lewis, married George Washington's sister.
Mrs. Bonfils leaves behind her devoted husband, four sons, two daughters and eleven grandchildren. She and her husband, who is now 80 years of age, were both well known and well loved in Denver, where the neighbors, noticing the beautiful devotion of the pair, called them always "The Bride and Groom."
Five years ago Mr. and Mrs. Bonfils celebrated their golden wedding, and on the morning of the celebration Mr. Bonfils brought out of a box of papers a withered bouquet, tied with a faded blue ribbon. There was a scrap of paper pinned to the little bunch of rosemary and pinks and garden roses, and on the paper was written in the florid and dashing hand of the early 40's, "This bouquet was given me tonight, Oct. 13, 1848, by Miss Henrietta Lewis. It is the second time I have seen her."
A son of Mrs. Bonfils wrote yesterday to his wife of his mother's illness and said: "It is sad to me to see mother's little hands lying so idle in her lap. They were always such busy little hands and what wonderful things they could do. I remember when I was little they seemed to me almost magical. "What beautiful pictures they could paint for little boys to look at. What wonderful things they could do in the kitchen -- pies, cakes, yes, even candy and ice cream they could make. And how swiftly the bright needle flew in the hurring fingers--they were never tired, the little busy hands--and now they lie so quiet, with the golden threads of life slipping--slipping--through the fingers."
Mrs. Bonfils was a woman of unusual refinement and delicacy, but she will be most remembered by those who knew her as a beautiful type of the beautiful old-fashioned ideal, of the old-fashioned American woman.
The two daughters have gone from California to the old Missouri home, to which the mother came as a bride, for the funeral. Three of the sons are already there, and Mr. F. G. Bonfils and his family left Denver this morning, so that all the children will be there to pay the last tribute of human respect to the soft-voiced, gentle little woman they loved to call mother.
Thomas Meriwether Lewis (1797 - 1865)
Emeline Wyman Lewis (1799 - 1867)
Eugene Napoleon Bonfils (1829 - 1914)*
Eugene N. Bonfils (1857 - 1861)*
William D. Bonfils (1858 - 1932)*
Frederick Gilmer Bonfils (1860 - 1933)*
Henrietta Lewis Bonfils Walker (1865 - 1953)*
Mary Eugenia Bonfils (1867 - 1869)*
Charles Alden Bonfils (1871 - 1955)*
William J. Lewis (1824 - 1885)*
Henrietta Bacon Lewis Bonfils (1833 - 1910)
Daughter of Thos. M. Lewis and Emeline
Troy City Cemetery
Created by: Ellie Naylor
Record added: Dec 05, 2011
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