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Bonnie Jean Trimble-Blank, 73, of Weston and formerly of Union, has left this life to start on her next adventure. She passed away March 5, 2006, at St. Mary Medical Center.

There will be no services at her request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wash., 99362.

Bonnie was born Feb. 6, 1933, at Baker City, Ore. She attended grade school at Homestead, Cornucopia and Richland, Ore., along with various other schools. She graduated from Columbia High in Richland, Wash. This is where she met and married her first husband, John Trimble.

John and Bonnie were married Dec. 6, 1952. Bonnie became a full time housewife. Although she did have to wait a few years for that first “cloth” diaper to appear on the clothes line, they were there for many years, as she had five children to keep her busy. This is what she enjoyed most family.

After John’s death an old family friend introduced her son to Bonnie. This led to her marriage to Alvin Blank in November of 1993.

In her younger years, she enjoyed going to her grandparent’s farm to ride the horses. She also did a little hunting with her dad (which she really didn’t enjoy). As she got older, the school dances, basketball and football games were what she loved to attend. She always loved the mountains and camping. The Snake River area was her favorite place to be. She enjoyed going to the ocean and beach combing. Two of her most memorable trips were when she went to Hawaii and then to Alaska. In later years she enjoyed telling ghost stories to her children and grandchildren, always finding a joy in scaring them. Everyone enjoyed her stories and loved her. Friends and family will always remember her as someone you could talk to and someone who always looked her best when going out.

She will also be remembered for her strong spiritual strength. This enabled her to be the hub that held the family together in tough times and good times. She will be met on the other side by family and friends who have been waiting patiently for her. These include her parents, James Densel Mills and Ruth Elvina (Taylor) Mills, her sister, Eva Mae (Winergar) Hankins and her first husband John Thomas Trimble.

As she started on this leg of her journey, she was surrounded by her family, husband, Alvin Blank of Weston; children, James Trimble and his wife Allison of Elgin, Tami Ann Buchanan of Phoenix, Ariz., and former husband Mike Buchanan of La Grande, Bill J. Trimble of Duluth, Ga., Jena Amanda Trimble of Kennewick, Wash., and Renea Elaine Trimble of Culver, Ore.Also left behind is her niece, (Viny) Jean Neil of San Antonio, Texas, who was more of a sister than a niece. Her step children, Bruce Blank of Pilot Rock, Beverly Jiroir and Blaine Blank both of Pasco, and Brian Blank of Umatilla, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 10 step grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren. Bonnie will be deeply missed.

Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, March, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor