Bonnie Lorraine Pugsley Hill passed away on Sunday, July 30th, 2023, in Brigham City at the Gables Memory Care Center. She was born on December 5, 1928 to Philip Roy and Louise Kunzler Pugsley. She was raised in Rosette, Utah on the family ranch, the youngest of 9 children. Her father was a sheep rancher and she helped raise orphan lambs by feeding them with bottles. She would name them and felt sad when they were sold with the other sheep. She was baptized in the ranch pond the summer after she turned 8 years old. At age 14-16, during World War II, her older brothers were all gone to serve in the war. While they were gone, she helped take care of the ranch and helped her mother milk the cows (which she detested). She attended a one-room schoolhouse until 10th grade in Park Valley, Utah, then moved to Garland to live with her sister Klea where she attended Bear River High School. After graduating from Bear River High School, she continued her schooling at Utah State University in Logan where she received her degree in Physical Education and Home Economics. She taught school in Cedar City, Utah, and Burley, Idaho before marrying Frank R Hill on June 18, 1953 in the Logan LDS Temple. They moved to Pacific Grove, California where he was serving in the Army during the Korean War. Their first daughter was born while they were there. After finishing his military time, they moved back to Logan, UT where she taught school and Frank finished his degree at USU. Five more children were born in Logan. They built a home in Tremonton and lived there for the rest of their lives until Frank passed away on February 15, 2021. Bonnie taught school at Bear River High School for 22 years. During that time she taught Physical Education, coached girls swimming and tennis teams, and was advisor to the High Steppers. She also taught Home Economics a few of those years at the Junior High.
She was an active member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout her life. She served in numerous callings including Stake Relief Society president. Bonnie and Frank were called to serve an 18-month mission in India. They served in St. Maries, Idaho for 3 months while waiting for their Visas to go to India. Bonnie was grateful for the opportunity to serve and have 2 totally different mission experiences. She and Frank also served in the Logan Temple as ordinance workers when they returned home.
She always loved genealogy work, making quilts for others and tending her grandchildren. She also continued to exercise with her sister, Eloise, well into their 80's. Bonnie enjoyed bowling, golfing and skiing, as well as being in service clubs (Delta Kappa Gamma and Daughter of the Utah Pioneers). She was a great cook and spent many years canning food to enjoy throughout the year. She always took time to be with her children and grandchildren. Many of her grandchildren were able to learn to ski and golf with her. She was a great example to all, of loving and serving others. She enjoyed many camping adventures and vacations over the years with her family. She and Frank also had many friends that they enjoyed time with, traveling all over the world.
She was diagnosed with Dementia around 2010 but was able to still enjoy a few trips with her family for a few years. Frank was her caregiver for many years before his passing.
Bonnie is survived by her children: Julie Ann (Dennis) Tolman, Leonard (Holly) Hill, Lorraine (Jim) Christensen, Todd ( Karen) Hill, and Janese (Brian) Mickelson; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild. Preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings and a stillborn baby daughter.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2023 at Noon with a viewing held prior from 10-11:30 am. All services will be held at Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home (111 N 100 E, Tremonton). Interment will be held at the Garland Cemetery. The service will be livestreamed and may be accessed below.
Bonnie’s family would like to thank all those caregivers at Gables Memory Care in Brigham City and Canyon Hospice Care, especially her “Girl” Shanoah, who helped care for Bonnie over the past 2 ½ years. Also, Peggy Nelson who always made sure she had beautiful hair and the Tremonton 11th Ward Relief Society for their compassionate service. We are truly grateful for all those who have reached out to express condolences and love.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Bonnie and family would be honored if you made a donation to the general missionary or humanitarian fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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