Lavon “Bonnie” O. Watts, 100, of Alta, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at the Sunset Kn-oll Care and Rehab Center of Aurelia. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Alta with the Rev. Kim A. Dewey officiating. Burial will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery of Alta. A visitation will be held Oct. 16, from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
Lavon “Bonnie” O. Blake, the daughter of James and Florence (Long) Blake, was born Aug. 1, 1916, in Storm Lake, Iowa. She received her education at Fairview School rural Alta, graduating in 1935. Bonnie worked as a housekeeper before marrying Guy B. Watts on March 7, 1937 in Sac City at the Methodist Parsonage. This union was blessed with three sons, Ralph, James and Burdette “Bud.” She was a member of the Alta United Methodist Church.
Bonnie’s hobbies included gardening where she raised vegetables for canning and she raised flowers for her pleasure. She was a charter member of the SLI Club. She enjoyed attending school activities for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bonnie loved music especially Lawrence Welk, Guy Lombardo and Glen Miller. She also enjoyed family reunions in Illinois and family picnics with her own family.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons: Ralph (Diane) Watts, of Aurelia, James (Connie) Watts, of Storm Lake, and Bud (Janette) Watts, of Spencer; grandchildren: Dawn (Clark) Voge, Charlotte (Chris) Quinney, Clinton Watts, Misty (Joe) Daum, Brian (Jessica) Watts, Cheryl (David) Arnts, Cory (Kristen) Watts, Michelle Kuiper Carlson (Stuart), and Marc Watts; great-grandchildren: Ashley, Adam, Melanie (fiancee Todd Bauer) and Amber Gehrts, Dale and Travis Tibbetts, Rachael, Matthew, Ethan, Jacob and Emily Arnts, Abbie and Allison Watts, Cade Kuiper, Brooklynn Watts, Allison and Madison Daum; step-great-grandchildren: Cody and Austin Carlson, Chris and Connor Voge and Logan and Ch-elsea Quinney; brother, Oscar Blake, of Florida; sister, Coraleen Hale, of Washinton; sister-in-law, Ada Blake of Illinois; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Bonnie is preceded in de-ath by her parents; husband, Guy Watts; brothers: Harold, Wayne and Troy; brother-in-law, Bill Hale; sister-in-law, Clara Blake; great-granddaughter, Tatum Tibbetts and grandson-in-law, Tim Kuiper.
The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Alta is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com.