Bonnie Jean Pyne Parson Whipperman passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020 at home surrounded with the love and support of her family. Bonnie leaves them bereft of a loving, independent, funny and steadfast woman, queen of conversation and constant martyr to cooking. The family will struggle to produce acceptable Christmas cookies, Easter bunny cakes and Thanksgiving dinners and must rely on the hopes of finding her tried and true recipes somewhere in her house full of knickknacks and nostalgia.
Bonnie was born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 6, 1933 to parents William and Elva Pyne. William managed a Piggly Wiggly while Elva ran the household and raised Bonnie and her older siblings, brother Lamar and sister Lorraine, and baby brother Norman. The Pynes left Omaha for Provo, Utah where Bonnie spent her school years helping her mother take care of the family, sunbathing with her girlfriends, and in general having a grand time. Bonnie caught the eye of her first love Edward Roy Parson at Provo High School and they married soon after her graduation. The young couple moved across the country several times from base to base with the military as Eddie served his country and finished his education. They had three children, sons Eric Roy Parson and Randall Edward Parson, and daughter Katherine Parson. The family eventually settled in the Canyon Rim area of Salt Lake City, Utah after Eddie’s military service ended.
Bonnie’s dream of a classic sixties lifestyle was cut short when Eddie was killed in a single engine plane crash. Bonnie mourned him deeply but carried on with the business of life and family in her practical and stalwart way. She raised her children as a single mother and was also instrumental in the lives of her beloved nephew Brent and niece Toneta, children of her older sister Lorraine. She kept an immaculate home and beautiful garden, passions that she would continue throughout the rest of her life. Bonnie also had a deep love for animals, especially dogs.
When her children were raised and she was ready to move on to the next chapter of her life, Bonnie and her brother Norman bought a house deep in the woods. As one does. It was during this phase of her life that she met the second love of her life, Ernest Conrad Whipperman, and convinced him to marry her and move to Woodland Hills, Utah. Together they built a home full of love and family. They camped, travelled, socialized and raised many pets during their time in Woodland Hills, but eventually found the upkeep of the home to be a bit much. Bonnie and Con decided to move to Sandy, Utah to be closer to their children, including Con’s beloved daughter Pat, as well as their cherished but noisy grandchildren and great grandchildren. Con and Bon spent the last decades of their lives as the heart of their large family. They insisted we all spend time together and like it! Con played the bugle on New Year’s Eve and Bonnie ensured she knew all the family secrets. She was a woman who loved to talk.
Con battled serious health issues for the last few years of his life with Bonnie at his side. Her own health declined soon after his passing and she faced the end of her life as the brave and fiercely independent woman she had always been. A celebration of her life will be planned for a time in the future when all who loved her can gather safely. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that instead donations be made to the Humane Society of Utah. The grief we feel is deep because the love we shared is profound.
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