On December 25th, 2017, Bonnie Conrad went home to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She passed peacefully on Christmas morning at Pine Ridge Alzheimer's Center in Spokane Valley, WA.
Bonnie was born February 23, 1930 to John J. and Lillian Mjolsness Schiltz and named Yvonne Jacqueline. At an early age, she insisted that she was "just Bonnie" and most never knew her by any other name. She was born at home (4th of five siblings) on the family farm near Big Timber, MT. She was a tomboy on horseback with a lifelong love of singing. In 1937 the family moved to Townsend, MT where Bonnie lived until married. She graduated there from Broadwater County High School in 1948. Bonnie was fully engaged in school activities and play on the women's championship basketball team. On September 8, 1948 she married Edward K. Conrad at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Helena. They moved to Bozeman where they lived till the spring of 1949 when they purchased their ranch in the Crow Creek Valley and moved back to Broadwater County. While living on the ranch, they had three children: George Edward, Mark Joseph, and Elizabeth Anne. They also built the first of their many homes, with Bonnie designing and Ed constructing each.
In January 1970, a machinery shed fire changed the course of their lives. It lead to Ed's employment in 1972 by Chemetron Corp. ( acquired by Liquid Air) outside East Helena. The family built a new home in Helena and moved there in 1973. They later sold the ranch and remained in Helena until 1985.
After Ed retired, their residence alternated between Bozeman (twice) and Helena (twice) until 2007. They then relocated to Spokane to be near their son, George and his wife Teresa, where they resided at Orchard Crest Assisted Living. After Ed's death in 2013, Bonnie later moved to a memory care facility where she was well cared for until her death.
Bonnie valued her many friendships and she was well known as a census taker, substitute mail carrier, pinochle player, college student (MSU), skier(snow), square dancer, and great cook. Everywhere Bonnie lived she was active in church and the faith community.
Bonnie is preceded in death by: her husband, Ed; parents Jack & Lillian; brothers Jack and Dale. She is survived by: sisters Iris (Joe) Flansaas of Helena and Diana Kean of Calgary; children, George (Teresa) of Greenacres, WA, Mark (Nisa) of Colorado Springs, and Beth (Colin) of Kennewick, WA; three grandchildren: James (Sandee) Conrad of Beaverton, OR, Sarah Conrad of New York City, and Kaitie Conrad of Cambridge, MA; great grandsons: Savion and Brooklyn along with many nephews and nieces.
Interment will be at the Veteran's Cemetery east of Spokane where her husband Ed and devoted dance partner was buried four years ago. A memorial service will be held in Helena in the spring.
If desired, memorial donations may be made in Bonnie's name to: Life Covenant Church, 800 N. Hoback, Helena, MT 59601, Habitat for Humanity, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.