Lavon “Bonnie” O. Watts, 100, of Alta, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center of Aurelia.
A funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 17, at United Methodist Church of Alta with Pastor Kim A. Dewey officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery of Alta. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta was in charge of arrangements.
Lavon “Bonnie” O. Blake, the daughter of James and Florence (Long) Blake, was born Aug. 1, 1916 in Storm Lake. She received her education at Fairview School, rural Alta, graduating in 1935. During her high school days at Fairview, she drove the school bus hauling fellow students and put up with bad roads and bad weather, but always finished her route.
Bonnie worked as a housekeeper before marrying Guy B. Watts on March 7, 1937 in Sac City at Methodist Parsonage. This union was blessed with three sons, Ralph, James and Burdette “Bud.” She was a member of Alta United Methodist Church.
Being the oldest of six children, she learned responsibility at a young age. A trait she passed along to her three sons.
For those who remember her at a younger age, her hair was red, a trait she passed on to three grandchildren.
She was a devoted mother and farm wife ready to help outside when needed to drive a tractor on the hay rope or roundup livestock.
Bonnie’s hobbies included gardening where she raised vegetables for canning and she raised flowers for her pleasure. She was a charter member of the SLI Club. She enjoyed attending school activities for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bonnie loved music, and played the piano the best she could. She was a big fan of the Big Band Era, listening to Glen Miller, Guy Lombardo and always watched Lawrence Welk and Perry Como, however her favorite tv show was My Three Sons. She also enjoyed family reunions in Illinois and family picnics with her own family.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Ralph (Diane) Watts of Aurelia; James (Connie) Watts of Storm Lake; and Bud (Janette) Watts of Spencer; grandchildren: Dawn (Clark) Voge, Charlotte (Chris) Quinney, Clinton Watts, Misty (Joe) Daum, Brian (Jessica) Watts, Cheryl (David) Arnts, Cory (Kristen) Watts, Michelle Kuiper Carlson (Stuart), and Marc Watts; great-grandchildren: Ashley, Adam, Melanie (fiancée, Todd Bauer) and Amber Gehrts, Dale and Travis Tibbetts, Rachael, Matthew, Ethan, Jacob and Emily Arnts, Abbie and Allison Watts, Cade Kuiper, Brooklynn Watts, Allison and Madison Daum; step-great-grandchildren: Cody and Austin Carlson, Chris and Connor Voge and Logan and Chelsea Quinney; brother, Oscar Blake of Florida; sister, Coraleen Hale of Washinton; sister-in-law, Ada Blake of Illinois; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Guy Watts; brothers: Harold, Wayne, Troy; brother-in-law, Bill Hale; sister-in-law, Clara Blake; great-granddaughter, Tatum Tibbetts; and grandson-in-law, Tim Kuiper.