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Helen Healy Bonine


August 7, 2018

Helen Healy Bonine, age 100 years, 11 months and 3 days old, passed away August 3. 2018 at the Powell Valley Care Center in Powell, WY.

Helen was born on a homestead near Sheridan, WY on August 20, 1917. Due to family circumstances her father placed the five children at the Cathedral Home in Laramie. She and her sister Eileen were adopted by Alex and Edith Healy of Worland, who also had two boys. She attended school in Worland and graduated from Washakie County High School.

Helen married Buren Bonine in 1934 and were a couple for over sixty years. When Buren was in pharmacy school she helped him study and could have graduated too.

In 1940, Buren and Helen joined her brother Dan in a ranch out of Volborg, Montana. They operated the ranch during the World War while Dan Healy was in Italy.

Helen was a partner with Buren in many endeavors in Miles City after the ranch sold. The biggest was the establishment of Western Pharmacy.

Buren and Helen were charter members of the Sage Riders Riding Club where she was Vice President and President. Helen also held all offices of Chapter K, P.E.O Sisterhood. She was also a member of Chapter A H in Worland and Chapter P in Powell. Her greatest accomplishment was the award she received while a Gray Lady for the VA hospital for her 3800 hours of volunteering in the library. In addition she was a member of the Soroptimist Club of Miles City.

Surviving are her daughter Kathalyn Bonine Johnson "Kay"; brother Robert Turner in CT, fifteen grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and daughter-in-law, Jane Bonine.

Proceeding her in death are her husband, Buren Bonine; son, Richard Clark Bonine, Sr.; son-in-law Robert Johnson; parents Alex and Edith Healy; sisters Eileen Horn and husband James Horn and Jean Coolidge; brothers Alex Healy, Jr. and wife Lorraine and Dan Healy and wife Martha.

A viewing will be held Friday, August 10, 2018 from 9-11am at Veile Mortuary, 301 South 8th Street, Worland, WY. A graveside service will follow at 1pm on Friday, August 10 at the Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worland, WY. Memorials may be made to Laramie Orphanage in Laramie or to your favorite fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to Veile Mortuary.


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