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Fae Dorothy Farnsworth Bonner
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Birth: Sep. 27, 1927
Bingham Canyon
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Jun. 22, 2010
Saint George
Washington County
Utah, USA

St. George, UT - Our dear loving mother and friend Fae Dorothy Farnsworth Bonner went home to her Heavenly Father and back into the arms of her sweetheart on the afternoon of June 22, 2010. Fae was born on September 27, 1927 in Bingham, Utah to Harry Bowman and Jennie Platt. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the family was split up, and she was taken with her younger sister Betty and placed in St. Ann's Orphanage in Kearns, Utah in 1931. Both Fae and Betty were adopted by Dorothy and Le Var Farnsworth soon after. Betty and Fae were inseparable throughout life, being the only two of 6 brothers and sisters that were able to grow up together. Le Var was mom's 'daddy', and loved her with all his heart. It was a crushing blow to her when he passed on early in her life, and it forced the family into tough financial circumstances. Mom left school after the 8th grade and worked in Dorothy's Cafe, as well as cleaning homes for well-to-do families in Salt Lake City, using half of her daily wage for trolley rides to and from home, and giving the other half to her mother to help with household needs. Mom left home at 17 and went to work as a gunsmith at Hill Field, working on machine guns and bomb releases in B-24 and B-17 bombers. She told stories about leaving notes of encouragement tucked into the spars of the airplanes for the 'fly-boys' to find when they were on missions over Europe. 50 years later, when shown a photo of the interior of a bomb-bay of a B-24, she readily pointed out the components and the procedures for assembling and maintaining them, as if she had just done it the day before. She was chosen to be Miss Hill Field in 1944, but was too modest to pose for a swimsuit photo. Fae met her sweetheart William Floyd Bonner at Hill Field, as he was on Furlough from Camp Pendelton, California after returning from the Pacific following 4 years of fierce fighting in New Guinea and a battle with malaria. They were introduced to each other by Bill's father, the head gunsmith at Hill Field, and quickly fell in love. They were married in Elko, Nevada on September 11, 1945. The Bonners were quickly blessed with daughter Judi, and began their life together. Mom traveled all over the United States with Dad, as he worked building water tanks and roads in nearly every state in the U.S. They often joked that the Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz movie ""The Long Long Trailer"" was based on their nomadic life. Mom was a meticulous housekeeper, and living in a trailer was definitely a challenge. Home base was always Springville, Utah, and often mom stayed home so daughter Judi could attend school, and handled all the duties of home on her own. When Dad went to work for Springville City Power in 1959, Mom breathed a sigh of relief that she could have a stay-at-home partner in life. Fae's life of constant changes and challenges was far from over, though. Mom and Dad had tried for many years to have more children, and in 1968, on the day their only child Judi was married in the Logan Temple, Mom finished pinning the train on Judi's dress, turned to Dad and said ""Get me to the hospital, this baby is coming!"" She had been in labor for 3 days and not told a soul, so as to not spoil the wedding! A fast car ride to Spanish Fork and a few hours later, she gave birth to their son Brent. Mom persevered through hardships and challenges as the years went on. She saw her husband through open-heart surgery, learned to drive at the age of 50 and moved to Southern Utah to be with both her children in 1992. When Dad passed in 1994, she found herself alone for the first time in almost 50 years. She kept herself busy with her housework, crocheting, and taking care of her sister Betty and brother-in-law Joe Helm, who lived within one block of Fae. While Betty struggled with cancer and Joe battled COPD, Fae lovingly sacrificed and placed their needs ahead of her own. When she suffered a spinal stroke that left her paraplegic in 1999, it never slowed her down. She adjusted to using a wheelchair and kept on going. Her house was always spotless, even when she had to clean it from the wheelchair. The last years of Mom's life were plagued with medical challenges. She battled constant infections and other medical problems, but stayed fiercely independent until 2008. Having to rely on others was probably her hardest challenge, but she kept on serving even from her bed at Red Cliffs Care Center, crocheting and making all sorts of crafts for people. She kept on doing this right up to the end of her life, showing a tremendous amount of caring for others, despite increasing challenges of her own. She always had a cookie for any grandchild that came to visit, but if you were really lucky, you could sniff out her stash of chocolate! Mom has truly earned the very deserved rest she is having now, and being able to stand and dance with her beloved Bill has to be one of the greatest blessings she could have. Fae is survived by her daughter Judi (Bonner) Bennett and spouse Neil Bennett of Washington, and her son Brent Bonner and spouse Hillary (Englestead) of Cedar City. Grandchildren Shane Bennett and spouse Sheri of Brookside; Tamis (Bennett) Stevens and spouse Bubba of Dennison, TX, and TeNeil (Bennett) Ridgeway and spouse Steve of Lehi, Casey, Jade, Brindley and Kolt Bonner of Cedar City. Great-grandchildren: Brittnee, Ty, Tallen and Savannah (Store) Bennett of Brookside; Keyia and Blake Stevens of Dennison, TX.; and Jason Barkdull, Tracer and Kenton Ridgeway of Lehi. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Utah. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. In lieu of flowers, Fae has requested that donations be made to Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 58249, Salt Lake City, Utah 84158-0249. Special thanks to Red Cliffs Care Center for all of their loving care during the 11 years of Mom's prolonged illness, and to Southern Utah Hospice for their compassionate service at the end of Mom's life, Mom always made sure she didn't have a single hair out of place, and her one indulgence was getting her hair done weekly. A very special thank you to Carolyn "Bitty" Nelson, mom's hairdresser of many years, who, rain or shine, came through for Mom and made her hair perfect and her spirits lighter just by visiting. 
Washington City Cemetery
Washington County
Utah, USA
Created by: Ross Woolsey
Record added: Jun 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54119360
Fae Dorothy <i>Farnsworth</i> Bonner
Added by: Ross Woolsey
Fae Dorothy <i>Farnsworth</i> Bonner
Added by: Ross Woolsey
Fae Dorothy <i>Farnsworth</i> Bonner
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