BICKNELL — Our kind, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend, Vera Bonnie Shelton King, passed away Feb. 27, 2023, in Richfield surrounded by her family. She was 91 years old.

Bonnie was born Oct. 5, 1931, the youngest of five children, three boys and two girls, born to Verland Findley and Vera Willie Shelton. She was raised in Mendon in the Cache Valley. Bonnie attended South Cache High School graduating in 1949. She went to work at various departments at Utah State University as a secretary.

She met her future husband Jack V. King as he attended USU. They were married March 1, 1957, in Mendon; they then moved to Wayne County, to work on a livestock operation that Jack and his family owned. Jack preceded her in death Feb. 4, 2007.

In 1963, she went to work for the Dixie National Forest at the Teasdale Ranger Office. After 25 years of government service, she took early retirement, as a GS-7 Business Management Assistant. She was known fondly by the locals that worked with the forest service as “Ranger King.”

Bonnie loved being outside gardening and landscaping her home. She canned the produce from her garden, her salsa and pickles were the best. She was a skilled quilter, winning awards at county and state fairs. She made quilts for all of her grandchildren, that they will cherish forever. Bonnie taught her children and their spouses the art of canning, baking, and sewing. Each have their own recipe of “Bonnie’s Best” homemade bread.

She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving where called.

Bonnie is survived by her children, Kenneth Hugh and Virginia King, Riverton, Wyoming; Verland Jack and Terri King, Bicknell; Camille and Dennis Blackburn, Bicknell; and Vance Volney and Jodi King, Vernal; 12 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren; brother, Don and Judy Shelton, Mendon; and sister-in-law, Shirley Hanscomb.

She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; parents-in-law, Hugh V. and Fern Pace King; daughter, Teresa King Sharp; grandson, Jesse Verland King; grandson-in-law, Justin Giles; siblings, Ruth and Clark Ellerman; Doug and Marilyn Shelton, and Ross and Kathryn Shelton.

The family wishes to express our thanks to Connie Durfey and the staff at the BeeHive Home in Richfield for the kind care given to mom.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 4, at 1 p.m. in the Thurber LDS ward chapel in Bicknell, where friends may call for viewing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., prior to the services. Burial will be in the Bicknell Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Richfield and Salina.

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