Bonnie Seim Haynes | Timber Lake Subject
Bonnie Seim Haynes, 95, of Meadow died Friday, February 18, 2022 at Western Horizons Care Center in Hettinger, ND.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Bison Presbyterian Church with interment in Gallaway Cemetery in Meadow.
Bonnie Jean Foster was born March 15, 1926 to Claude Smith and Velma (Bennett) Foster in Highmore. She attended school there and graduated from Highmore High School. The family moved to Thunder Butte Creek in Perkins County in 1943.
Bonnie met Shelby Bruce Seim while working at the Dick Foster Ranch. She said, “I’m going to marry him!” But World War II postponed their plans. While Shelby served at the Pacific Theater during the war, Bonnie served as a nurse cadet, training and working in Bismarck, ND.
On September 14, 1946, Shelby and Bonnie were married at her family’s Meadow home. They lived on their ranch on Thunder Butte Creek, raising Hereford cattle, horses, and children. Bonnie was an avid gardener and
Bonnie was an avid gardener and had a beautiful flower garden. She enjoyed crocheting and writing poems that celebrated her love of ranch life. She was a member of Meadow and Bison Presbyterian Churches, serving on the church council and the Meadow Galloway Cemetery Board. Bonnie was also a member of the Sagebrush Rustlers Community Club for many years.
On September 17, 1948, Bonnie was initiated into Eastern Star at Bison’s Fairview Chapter 166. She held every position and was worthy matron of the Fairview Chapter. In 1973, she was Oklahoma’s grand representative in South Dakota. Bonnie received her 50 year member pin in 1998.
Bonnie and her friend Margaret Lyon started and operated “Granny’s Cafe” in Faith in the early 1970s.
Shelby died on June 30, 1980. Bonnie continued to live at the ranch and drive to Faith, working at the cafe. It was there that she met Bill Haynes of Martin. They married on August 8, 1983.
The couple lived at the ranch for a few years, then moved to Hot Springs. While there, she worked at a western clothing store for several years. They eventually returned to the ranch south of Meadow. Bill passed away on October 3, 2005. Family and faith were most
Family and faith were the most important things in Bonnie’s life. She enjoyed going to her grandchildren’s sporting events and attending birthday parties, showers and weddings. Bonnie moved into an apartment
Bonnie moved into an apartment in Homestead Heights in January 2017. With the dedicated care of Laura Holmes, Bonnie was able to live there until she moved into Western Horizons Nursing Home in January 2021.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands Shelby and Bill; sons Todd and Gregg; brothers Don, Bob and Randy; sisters-in-law Lois and Betty; special friend Don McKinstry, Sr.; and stepsons Veryl, Doug and Lyle Haynes.
Survivors include: his sons and daughters-in-law, Rod and Cheryl, Tim and JoAnne, and Scott and Pam; 10 grandchildren, Kim (Mike) Colville, Rory (Kristy Cox) Seim, Kelly (Danny) LaDue, Justin (Joanna) Seim, Tanya (Casey) Candee, Amy (Sonny) Sandquist, Abbey (Dan) Richards, Jed ( Tally) Seim, Sami (Brandon) Peil and Sunshine Claymore; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Vonnie Foster and Fern Lowe; brother-in-law Horace Seim; many nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Lynette and Darrel Batie, Audrey Brooks, Kathleen and Merlon Bochman, Don and Jolene Haynes, Sarah and Robert Hopkins, Loren and Anna Haynes, Doreen and Randy Harter; and stepdaughters Sharlyn Haynes and Janell Haynes.