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Bonnie Kay Taylor

| February 29, 2024 12:00 AM

Bonnie Kay Taylor was born in Polson on June 3, 1942, to Mabel and Clinton Reum of St. Ignatius. Bonnie passed away Feb. 8, 2024, in a Missoula hospital from complications following a stroke.

Bonnie attended elementary school in St. Ignatius and graduated from Polson High school. As a child, she gained a solid work ethic while doing farm chores on her family's Twin Willows Ranch near St. Ignatius.

After high school, Bonnie attended St. Patrick's School of Nursing in Missoula, graduating in 1964. While attending nursing school, she met Bryson Taylor, a journalism student at the University of Montana. The couple were married March 28, 1964, in St. Ignatius.

They moved to Great Falls where Bonnie began a more than 50-year nursing career. After six years, the couple moved to Fresno, Calif., where Bonnie worked in the Intensive Care unit and Family Birthing Center at Fresno Community Hospital. After several years, she took a job at Clovis Community Medical Center.

After retiring, Bonnie and Bryson returned to Polson and she resumed her nursing career at St. Luke's Hospital in Ronan. She spent several years working in the Family Birthing Center at St. Luke's before retiring again. She resumed work again in the St. Luke's nursing home before calling it quits.

Bonnie was the pillar of the family and took pride in her three daughters and four grandchildren. She was an avid golfer, winning many awards in Fresno and Polson. She was looking forward to another season of golf at the Polson Bay Golf Club. She also grew to love the Los Angeles Dodgers, rarely missing a game on TV.

She is survived by her husband, Bryson, of Polson; three daughters, Toni A. Taylor and Tammi Heaton, both of Fresno, Calif., and Tatia Skalsky of Polson; and four grandchildren.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Daniel Reum of Whitehall, and Norman Reum of St. Ignatius.

Cremation was at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home in Kalispell.

Graveside services are pending at the Ronan cemetery.

    Bonnie Kay Taylor, RN