Bonnie Belle Simmons Nichols, age 87, died June 27, 2018 at Nyssa, Oregon. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church in Parma.
Bonnie was born on July 8, 1930 in Boise, the daughter of Frank and Ida Simmons. Bonnie attended school in Roswell and Parma, graduating from Parma High in 1948. She was married to Rex Nichols for 66 years and they had three children.
Bonnie worked as a bookkeeper. She was well known for her efficiency and hard work. She worked for Parma Water Lifter, Super Thrift Drug, Obendorf Farms, and E.G. Johnson Farms and Research. She was also a farm wife and kept the books for their family farm. Bonnie especially loved her church activities. She served as a Sunday school teacher, church deacon, church treasurer, women’s association treasurer, and led a group that served the Lion’s Club luncheons. She also assisted with the local food bank, the Sunshine Cupboard. She loved giving her time to the church and she really enjoyed the social opportunities it provided. Bonnie also served several years as a trustee on the Parma School Board. Bonnie’s hobby was bowling and she definitely knew how to throw a strike. She won numerous awards and league championships. She qualified for and attended many national tournaments.
Bonnie loved attending any event that involved her family. From family trips, the grandkids’ sports, or card or board games, Bonnie was always a willing and enthusiastic participant. She was the glue that bound our extended family together. She would host more than twenty-five people for Christmas Dinner and she did this for over twenty-five years. Bonnie battled cancer for almost two years. We were all amazed and in awe of her positive attitude and unwavering spirit.
She is survived by her husband Rex, brother Bud, sister-in-law Linda, son Mike (Phyllis) Nichols, and daughter Jodi (Randy) Eddy all of Parma; four grandchildren, Ryan (Becca) Nichols of Parma, Erika Nichols of Boise, and Jessica and Josie Eddy of Parma and numerous loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Jay, and brother Larry. The family is extremely grateful for the excellent loving care provided by Linda Simmons, Nyssa Garden’s Staff, and Heart and Home Hospice. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to KMCC Women’s Association at P.O. Box 789 Parma, Id. 83660. Please join Bonnie’s family for a luncheon following the service.
May Bonnie’s life be an inspiration for all of us to be genuine, to work hard, to be of help to others, and especially to have fun along the way!