Bonnie Lee Gannaway-Strange

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Bonnie Lee Gannaway-Strange (Punkin) died March 3, 2008, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1930 in Weld County, Ault. Colo. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior on July 4, 1943 and his love shined on every person she knew.

She grew up on farms in Colorado and Missouri. She met and married her husband Orval and shared nearly 60 years of a loving marriage in Christ. This beautiful lady became the adored and honored mother of four wonderful children between 1950 and 1955. They are: Michael Wayne (Jane) Gannaway, Sherry Theresa (Scott) Holmgren-deceased, Pamela Lynette (Don) Ferguson, and Debra Christine Gannaway (Bill Martin). She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Travis, Jason and Ryan Holmgren; Brian and Kevin Gannaway; and Jeanette Landis, Jennifer Northup and Paul Ferguson; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She and Orval moved to Arizona in 1965 and successfully owned and operated Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Stores and a pest control business in Phoenix, Ariz. In 1977, they retired and traveled throughout the United States and Canada. In 1982, moved to Payson, Ariz., enjoyed life and did more of what they enjoyed most, traveling.

Mrs. Gannaway-Strange worked hard all of her life and she survived three miracles in her life. She was extremely honest, loved all people and always wore a smile.

Cremation was through the Neptune Society and a memorial service will be held for Bonnie on at 11 a.m., Friday, March 7 at the First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash Street, Payson, Ariz., (928) 474-3374.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1-800-392-0022.

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