Bonnie Jean Sheriff 1945-2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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Bonnie Jean Sheriff died in Eagle River, Alaska on February 16th following a brief illness with cancer. Bonnie was born on February 20, 1945 to Raleigh Ward Sheriff and Anna Niklas Sheriff in Helena, MT and joined older sister, Barbara to complete the family.

Bonnie attended local schools and holds the GAA Track Record in the 100 yard dash. After graduation, she enrolled at Montana State College where she earned a degree in physical education and history. She received the Harrison Award for her contribution toward the enrichment of campus life, dependability, and an unselfish attitude toward service. In 2013, Bonnie was inducted into the Helena Sports Hall of Fame.

Bonnie’s first teaching/coaching stint was in Whitehall, MT. Bonnie earned her Master’s Degree from MSU and was hired by Western Montana College to teach in the Health and PE Department. She also coached Women’s Track and Field for eleven years. When asked how many students she taught during her tenure, Bonnie smiled and said, “Quite a few and I learned something from all of them.”

Bonnie loved to hunt and fish all over Beaverhead County. Her favorite times were at hunting camp in the Centennial Valley with all the guys. Bonnie followed her father’s example and trained yellow labs to retrieve her birds.

After retirement, Bonnie lived at The Legacy where she met residents and became fast friends. In July of 2017, Miss Sheriff moved to Eagle River, Alaska. She was the day care provider for two Scottish Terriers. Bonnie liked to tell everyone that she survived the Big Quake in December of last year.

Bonnie’s parents and sister preceded her in death. Two great Scotties, Benjamin and Henny Lee plus friend, Kitty Logan, survive her.

A private burial will take place in Helena, Montana. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. In Bonnie’s memory, please listen to the song “Well Done” by The Afters.