Lois Rathbun Bonny Mosby, 91, of Sunnyside passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.
Lois was born Aug. 24, 1914 at Kit Carson, Colo. to Roy and Viola Rathbun. She lived in Brush Colorado until she was through the ninth grade. The family then moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, where she met and married Lyle I. Bonny. While in Sandpoint, Lois and Lyle had four children, Marvin, Veronica, Roland and John Marion (who died shortly after birth). They moved to Sunnyside in 1942. During that same year, they had their son, Terry Joe. Soon after Terry was born, they bought a small farm east of Sunnyside on the Sunnyside Canal. In 1944 Lois and the children traveled by car to San Antonio, Texas to join Lyle, who was doing boot training for the Army Air Corp.
After the war was over the family returned to Sunnyside, and Lois and Lyle started a crop dusting business on the property they had purchased (where Lois lived until her move to the nursing home). Lois and Lyle divorced in 1958. Lois worked in a packing house, a restaurant and continued working on her property. In July 1986, Lois married George Mosby. In school Lois played basketball. Her team went to state playoffs. She loved horseback riding. She and her family spent many hours riding in parades, at campouts and were very competitive in Stampeder playdays.
Lois soloed an airplane and took great pride in that. She loved to dance and play cards. She also liked to travel. She enjoyed camping with her husband, George, and the grange camping club. Lois used to enjoy quilting, crocheting, cooking and sewing.
Lois was a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church for 63 years. She was a very devout Catholic. She was also a member of several granges.
Lois was nicknamed "Tom" by her father. Her siblings called her by this and nieces and nephews called her "Auntie Tom".
Lois lived in the same home for the last 61 years until her health failed last month. She loved her independence.
Survivors include her husband, George Mosby of Sunnyside; her daughter, Veronica, and husband, Mike Zeimantz of Clarkston; and three sons, Marvin Bonny of Prosser, Roland and wife, Mary Ann Bonny, of Sunnyside, Terry and wife, Reggie Bonny, of Cathlamet. Lois has 17 grandchildren, Lyle, Angela, Connie, Terry Lyn, Catherine, Michael, Patrick, Jacqueline, Mark, Brad, Teresa, Rosi, Carol, Sharon, Becky Jo, Lisa and Brenda. She also has 43 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister, Margaret Burns; sister-in-law, Gladys Rathbun; and five stepchildren, Al and wife, Claudia, Mosby, Gloria and husband, Don, Outhett, Carl and wife, Pat, Mosby, Daniel and wife, Nancy, Mosby and Wesley Mosby.
She was preceded in death by her son, John Marion Bonny; her mother and father; her stepmother, Ina Rathbun; two sisters, Maude and Mary (Mike); four brothers, Patrick, Charles, Mark (Bud) and Harry; a daughter-in-law, Helen Bonny; and former husband, Lyle Bonny.
Lois will be missed by her friends and loved ones. She lived a very full life and gave of herself to others.
A celebration of Lois' life will begin with a Rosary at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, at Smith Funeral Homes, Sunnyside. Viewing will be held Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. A dinner will follow at St. Joseph School gym after the mass.
Lois' ashes will be buried at Pack River Cemetery near Sandpoint, Idaho at a later date. Any memorials can be made to your favorite charity. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.