Bonnie Belle (Edwards-Haines) Anderson, 87, passed away Monday, April 25, 2011 at the Morningside Manor in Alcester.
Bonnie was born on Sept. 5, 1923 on a farm in rural Vermillion to Clarence and Isabel Edwards. When she was young, Bonnies mother suffered an illness which led to Bonnie living with Prof. and Mrs. Haines of Vermillion, while the Edwards family returned to Montana.
In 1941 Bonnie graduated from University High School in Vermillion. After graduation she remained in Vermillion and worked as a telephone operator. She did not meet her parents, brothers and sisters until she made a trip to Montana in 1947.
In 1952 Bonnie married the love of her life, Verne Anderson, in Vermillion. Shortly after her marriage she took a job at USD where she worked as the assistant to the president for 29 years. During her time at USD six presidents had the pleasure of working with her. Her dynamic personality and indispensible value to USD led Governor Janklow to name June 24, 1986 as Bonnie Haines Anderson Day.
Bonnie not only led an exciting and fulfilling professional life, her hobbies reflected that spirit as well. In 1978 she obtained her pilots license and began flying, in their own plane, to trap shooting contests all over the United States, where Verne was an avid and decorated competitor. She also had a lifelong love of the farm and gardening as well as a deep connection to her family. She frequently took trips to visit the Edwards family and continued to live and care for Prof. Haines until his passing in 1975 at the age of 101.
She is survived by her husband, Verne Anderson; brother, Keith Edwards of Big Sandy, MT; her sister, Dorothy Tordick of Big Sandy, MT; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her brothers, Ethan and Wayne Edwards; her sister, Mona Edwards; and the Haines children, Robert, Pearl and Carlton.
Visitation will be held at the Kober Funeral Home in Vermillion Friday, April 29, 2011 from 3 to 5 p.m.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, April 30, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Trisha Boese officiating.
Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in rural Elk Point following the service.
Condolences may be posted online to www.koberfuneralhome.com.