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Bonnie Walker

| April 20, 2005 12:00 AM

Former Libby resident Bonnie Arlene Walker, 79, of Bigfork, died on April 11, 2005, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, after a long battle with asbestosis.

She was born on Jan. 31, 1926, at Fairmount, N.D., to Leslie and Winnefred McIlhargey Huffman.

She grew up in Whitefish, where she attended school.

Bonnie married Raymond Walker in the early 1940's and they moved to Libby in 1954 where Raymond drove logging trucks.

Bonnie enjoyed homemaking, gardening, visiting family members, knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles, camping, fishing, playing games and bowling and pool leagues.

She occasionally accompanied her husband in his logging truck and loved spending time with him in the mountains.

After Raymond retired she devoted herself to his care until he died in 1989, after which she moved to Bigfork to be near her daughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister Wynne Stelljes.

Survivors include her daughter Bonnie Hall and son-in-law Dan, Bigfork; granddaughters Jackie LeBlane and her husband Bob and their sons Robert and Aaron, Fortine, and Heidi Freemantle, her husband Mark and their daughters Hannah and Maya, Flagstone, Australia; brothers Eugene Huffman, Libby, and Verl Huffman, Salt Lake City, sisters Ardis Moss, Seattle, and Joyce Lamb, Spokane, and several nieces and nephews.

Bonnie gave her love generously to her family and friends and will be missed by all those who knew her. She loved life, traveling, Montana and especially Libby, music, especially Irish, all sports, especially the Seattle Mariners, and playing games, especially Kismet.

At her request there will be no services.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Lung Association of Montana, 825 Helena Avenue, Helena, MT 59601 or Box 5537, Helena.

Johnson Mortuary & Crematory is caring for Bonnie's family.