Bonnie Carey

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Bonnie Carey

Bonnie Carey, age 86, of Forsyth passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022, at Billings Clinic in Billings.

Bonnie was born in Ewing, Nebraska on July 1, 1936, at the home of her Grandma Clossen. She was the 2nd daughter of Mick and Pearl True Pollock. She then returned to Oshoto, Wyoming where her dad was herding sheep. Her dad later purchased his own ranch north of Moorcroft, Wyoming where she lived til she was in the 6th grade. She attended 1st grade, and 3rd through 5th grade at the West End School near the ranch. She spent 2nd grade at the home of her grandma Pollock in Moorcroft. The ranch was then sold to a cousin and her husband, Mildred and Bob Tope. The family moved to Clearmont, Wyoming where they owned a gas station, grocery store, and motel. In the spring of 1949, the family moved to Kinsey, Montana where Bonnie attended the Kinsey School in the 7th & 8th grade. She then attended Custer County High School until she met and married Charles Carey on November 6, 1953, in Miles City, Montana. Charles and Bonnie farmed at Kinsey with his parents and brother Mencel until the spring of 1971, then Charles went to work at Fort Keogh for 1 year. Charles, Bonnie, Tim and Tracy moved to the Little Horn Ranch at Wyola, Montana where Charles was the farm foreman. In February of 1975, the family moved to Miles City.

Bonnie worked in the kitchen at the Custer County Rest Home from 1981 through December of 1989. Charles passed away in August of 1988. Bonnie retired from the rest home due to underlying health issues.

Bonnie met John Patrick Beardsley in 1990 and they were married March 17, 1990. They spent 11 ½ years at the feedlot in Terry, Montana, and the ranch at Ismay, Montana. Bonnie enjoyed going with Pat to take care of the cows. She also cooked for the silage crew in the fall, they were a great bunch of guys.

Later on, Bonnie reconnected with an old grade school friend from Kinsey. She spent the remaining 11 ½ years at their home in Forsyth, Montana with Bob Watts.

Bonnie loved visiting family and spending time with all 8 children and grandchildren.

Bonnie is survived by three sons: Tom of Terry, Montana, Tim (Marilyn) of Miles City and Tracy (Kathy) of Billings; a daughter Pam (Mark) Goplen of Casper, WY; a sister Deloris (Keith) Berry of Cowley, WY, two brothers-in-law: Milton Bastian of Red Lodge and Butch Sweet of Miles City, two stepsons: Arny (Jennifer) Beardsley of Miles City and Jesse (Mindy) BeardsleyofChico,CA,twostepdaughters: Jo (Carlo) Swenson of Miles City, and Anna (Scott) Bledso of Miles City, seventeen grandchildren: Tiffany & Cole Feisthamel, Tanis and Michael Kloft, Nick (Nichole) Carey, Shayla (Mitch) Lindberg, Yolanda (Dan) Janshen, Zack Carey and Tyler Carey, Ben, Jim, Paige, Zoe and Isaac Beardsley, Danielle Beardsley, Shayla & Shawn Swenson, Austin and Tristan Rogers, Jessica and Merle Blankenship; seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands: Charles Carey in 1988 and Pat Beardsley in 2001, two sisters: Betty Bastian and Norma Sweet and her parents.

Family will receive friends on Friday, November 25, 2022, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery.