Bonnie Fern Baxter passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 29, 2011, in her home in Pagosa Springs.
Bonnie was born in El Paso, Texas, on Mach 22, 1940, to Jack and Ruth Stricklin. She spent most of her youth in El Paso and received a B.A. degree in education at UTEP. She moved to Pagosa in 1979 with her husband and two children.
She taught kindergarten in Pagosa Springs for over 20 years. She was known to her students as “Miss Bonnie” and was deeply loved. She was caring and compassionate and always put others first. Her generous spirit and open heart were apparent in her willingness to help those in need.
As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she enjoyed organizing activities and lessons to teach others about the faith that was such a meaningful part of her life.
Her love for the community is surpassed only by her love for her family. Her most joyful days were when she was spending time with her family camping, skiing at the lake, hiking or just about any activity she knew would bring her family together.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Doug Baxter; her two children, Stephen Baxter, husband of Maggy Baxter, and Kameron Troy, wife of Tom Troy; her four grandchildren, Evelyn, Max and Rose Baxter, and Lillian Troy. She is also survived by her mother, Ruth; her sister, Mary Ellen Loggins; and her brother, Jack Stricklin; and countless children whose lives she touched through teaching.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at 11 a.m., at the Pagosa Springs LDS Church, 1879 Majestic Drive. Interment will follow at Pine River Cemetery in Bayfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions will be accepted for the Bonnie Baxter Memorial Scholarship fund at First Southwest Bank, 249 Navajo Trail Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.