Obituary: Bonita Mae "Bonnie" Linton


Bonita Mae "Bonnie" Bolling was born Oct. 11, 1932, in Chickasha, Okla., to George and Hattie (Bush) Bolling. She was raised and attended school in Sterling, Ill.

Bonnie married Merle Linton on July 15, 1950, in Sterling, Ill., and to this union, two children were born. They made their home in Sterling until 1967, when they moved to Denver.


They moved to Oak Creek in 1969 and in the following years, lived in various places, including Hahn's Peak, Craig and Steamboat Springs. They returned to Craig in 1994 and have resided there since that time. They have spent the winters in Lake Havasu, Ariz., for the past nine years.

Bonnie was a homemaker and more recently a certified nurse assistant, but in earlier years had worked as a bookkeeper, a telephone operator and for the Social Security administration.

She enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, reading, collecting antiques and going to flea markets and yard sales.

Bonnie died April 3, 2007, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Craig.

She is survived by her husband Merle Linton of Craig; sons, Mike and his wife Eunice Linton of Craig and Randall Linton of Clarkston, Wash.; grandchildren, Seth and his wife Jennifer of Linton of Craig, Tara Linton and her fiancee Blake Hess of Greeley, Marla and her husband Jesse Jackson of Craig and Levi Linton of Clarkston, Wash.; great grandchildren, Leah and Catcher Jackson and Keira Linton; sisters, Ann Apple, Carrenia Jo Carlson of Kent, Wash., Frances Merkel of Trenton, N.J.; and brothers, Gary Bolling of Cleburne, Texas, and George Bolling of Cleburne, Texas.

A memorial services was held April 10, 2007, at Grant Mortuary in Craig, with Pastor Doug Zirkle officiating. Bonnie's granddaughter Tara Linton sang "Amazing Grace" and "There Goes My Everything." Bonnie's cremains were interred in the Craig Cemetery following the service.

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