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Bonnie J Henson

July 10, 1925 — July 8, 2022

Bonnie Jean Henson Born July 10, 1925, she completed her journey in this life on July 9 th 2022. Bonnie was born in Seward, Nebraska, the daughter of Wilbert “Mose” C. Oakes and Emma Oakes. The Oakes family grew to include a brother, Gordon Oakes and a sister, Virginia Oakes (Anderson). Bonnie grew up with honest values that guided her all her life. Bonnie attended school in Nebraska and South Dakota. She graduated from high School at Valentine, Nebraska in 1943. As a child Bonnie showed an interest and talent for art, drawing pictures on any available scrap of paper. After completing a commercial art program, she began painting animals, western scenes, and Native Americans of many different tribes. The US Department of Interior placed her name on the list of outstanding artists portraying the Native American culture. Bonnie depicted the highlights of a polarizing Idaho character named “Diamond Field Jack Davis” in a series of six large oil paintings. Prints of these paintings with a story line for each hang in local businesses. Some have been donated to the Stricker Visitor Center and the Twin Falls Senior Center. In 1947 Bonnie married Erwin L. Keim in her hometown of Ainsworth, Nebraska. They had a son, Dale and a daughter, Charlotte. The family moved to Idaho in 1955 and the couple divorced in 1970. Bonnie worked for Jellison Monument Company in Twin Falls, and in 1975 married Wilford, “Wiff” Derricott who passed away in 1977. She began a new life when she married Edwin Henson in 1978. They enjoyed traveling together, camping, fishing and many other outdoor activities. Ed and Bonnie enjoyed 39 years together before Ed passed away in 2017. Bonnie is survived by her sister, Virgina Anderson of Glenns Ferry, ID, her son Dale Keim (Wanda) of McMinnville, OR, her daughter, Charlotte Braden (Joe) of Staton, OR, stepchildren, Jack Henson (Diana) Mary Birecki (Roman) and Susan Hatch (Terry) as well as three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, her brother Gordon Oakes and one grandson, Ryan Keim. In liew of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Twin Falls Senior Center.
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