“Her Wings Were Ready, Our Hearts Were Not.”
Bonnie Mae White passed away Sunday, Jan. 21, at her home in St. Regis.
Bonnie was born June 4, 1937, in Hot Springs, Montana, to Jonnie Eileene Howard and Boyd Managhan. Bonnie attended school in Libby and St. Regis.
She married Charles Charvat in 1955. They welcomed two sons Charles John Charvat and Albert Boyd Charvat. They later divorced and Bonnie moved to Clearlake, California, where she met the love of her life Rodney R. White. Rodney R. White and Bonnie married in Reno, Nevada, in 1959 and shared three children together, Rodney L., Tina and Brenda. In 1972 the family moved to Montana where Rodney R. White accepted a job logging with Managhan Logging. Bonnie worked at the Candy Man in Clearlake and was a member of the PTA and the Fire Department Auxiliary. She worked for Bailey Logging out of Superior as a logging camp cook.
Bonnie’s greatest joy was being a stay home mother and grandmother. She also took in several foster kids over the years. Bonnie loved kids, crocheting, cooking, the outdoors, friends and most of all her family. Bonnie loved everyone she met. She was so loving, caring, kind, compassionate and would give the shirt off her back to anyone that needed it. Bonnie also loved spending time with her special friends Fern Werfelmann, Shirley Casper, Marlene Durland and talking on the phone with Ellen Martin.
Bonnie was a member of the Women In Timber and was also a volunteer for the St. Regis Baseball Association.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents Boyd and Eileene, husband Rodney R. White, son Boyd and stepmother Liz Koski. Bonnie is survived by her children: John White of St. Regis, Rodney L. White (Anita) of Superior, Tina Dockter of Plains, Brenda White of St. Regis and son-in-law Jerry Dockter of St. Regis. Grandchildren: Jerad Dockter(Dealta), Jocelyn Dockter (Dakota), Raymond White, Stephanie, Brittney and Dedra White, Karla, Chrissy and Pamela. Great grandkids: Matthew, Kaylee and Timber. Brothers: Robert(Kazuko) Managhan of St. Regis, Gary(Lana) Managhan of Troy, Dick(Dee) Godin of Utah, Ray(Sonia) Godin of Superior, LeRoy(JoEllen) Godin of Superior and Randy Godin of Superior. Sister Marjorie Reid of Kalispell, step brothers and sisters: Jim Koski, Kenny Koski, Annette Koski, Janice Kirk and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 21 at the St. Regis Community Center at 2 p.m.
If you would like to make a donation in Bonnie’s honor you may do so to Women In Timber 117 Moats Lane Superior, MT 59872.