LaVonne “Bonnie” Pearl Ward, 69, a resident of the Forest Grove community passed away on June 10, 2019 at her home with her daughters by her side.
Bonnie was born on July 8, 1949 in Longview, Washington. She was the oldest of three children born to Dallas V. Gaffney and Elorey Porter. She was raised on the family farm in Clatskanie. She attended Clatskanie High School and graduated with the class of 1967.
She married, William Dale Hollingsworth, in 1967 and they had two daughters, Angela and Tracey. They made their home in Forest Grove. They divorced in 1976. She met her future husband, Peter Ward, while at work. They soon began dating and following a long courtship they married on April 10, 1998. They made their home in Forest Grove. Pete passed away on April 3, 2003.
Bonnie had worked for Flavorland Foods (New Seasons Foods) for over 44 years, retiring amongst a close group of friends. She enjoyed camping at the beach when her children were little, beach combing, and razor clamming with her sister. She also loved helping others and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone. LaVonne and her sister Colleen road tripped up and down the West Coast and had a lifetime trip to Hawaii with friends after her retirement. She always had an open door to her friends and friends of her children. She enjoyed cooking and baking and was always ready to serve a hot meal to anyone who stopped by. She loved animals and was always taking in pets and giving them a loving home. Most of all, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband and her parents.
She is survived by her two children; step son and a son-in-law; Tracey and Ron Wommack of Canby, Angela Porter of Forest Grove, Travis Ward of Forest Grove, two siblings; Joseph “Buddy” Gaffney of Clatskanie, Anita Colleen Gaffney of Clatskanie, four grandchildren; Aimee, Corey, Logan and Maxx and three great grandchildren; Nevaeh, Carter and Elijah.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at The Best Western Conference Room, 3933 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove.