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Bonnie Jean Smith Huss

Posted: Monday, Oct 28th, 2013


Bonnie Jean Smith Huss


Bonnie Jean Smith Huss, age 81, fell asleep in death at her home in Florence, Oregon on September 29, 2013.

Bonnie was born in Farnum, Nebraska on November 12, 1931 the fifth and youngest child to Walter and Bernice Smith. Her father Walter died when she was 2 years old. She along with her mother and 2 of her brothers moved to Vernonia, Oregon in 1935 to remain close to her older sister and husband, as well her older brother. It was also afforded work for Bonnie’s mother during the depression. When Bonnie was 10 years old her mother married Roy V. Kelly, giving her 6 step-brothers and sisters.

Bonnie lived in Poulsbo, and Bremerton, Washington during most of her junior and high school years. She graduated from high school in Newport, OR in 1950. She later worked in Roseburg and Portland for short periods of time. She was introduced to her future husband Loren Huss, by her best friend from childhood, Hazel Jones. They met in 1951 and married in 1952. They settled in Newport, OR where they lived for 53 years.

Bonnie’s role as a mother and grandmother was taken quite seriously. She was very interactive with all of her family, providing the warmest lap for cuddles, hugs, and “kiss attacks”. She made the most wonderful food including homemade bread, maple bars, and cinnamon rolls. A favorite of all the boys was her “gut bomb”(large hamburgers/sandwiches with everything on them!) Her home was always filled with love and laughter.

Bonnie had a very active spiritual life as well. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses she worked diligently in the field ministry and studied the Bible with interested people. She made many friends from all around. Her love for God Jehovah gave her the strength she needed to carry on her ministry and the ability to cope with the loss of her parents and all of her siblings over the years, as well as 1 son, and 2 grandsons along with husband of 54 years. She believed that there would be a resurrection to life on a paradise earth, and those who died would be called out of their graves to live there. Bonnie’s beliefs also gave her the courage, strength, and stamina to survive cancer 4 times.

In Bonnie’s secular life, she was a school bus driver for 24 years, worked in retail clothing , was a grocery store clerk, and waitress. She was a hard worker in all the facets of her life. Bonnie was well known for her enduring smile that was shared with everyone, everywhere she went in her life. She lived life positively.

Bonnie gave birth to and is survived by her 5 children: Laura Terrell, Wendy(husband Gary) Wood, Terri (husband Gerald) Benson, Larry Huss (died 1968) and Douglas Huss. Bonnie became a grandmother to: Brandon, Autumn, Mindi, Ryan, Richard (died 1996), Travis (died 1983), Jeremy, Steven, Barrick, Kyrie, Danielle, Tessa, Blake, Cody, and Bradley; a great grandmother to: Ternicka, Ashlyn , Kelly, Anna, Stephanie, Casey, Kayla, Kylen, Konner, Josephine, Heaven, Holly, Ryer, Lochlan, Lucas, Kane, and Auley. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and many “adpoted” by heart family and friends. Bonnie was predeceased by her husband, Loen “Socky” in 2006; mother in 1993; sister: Esther; brothers: Lewis, George, and Virgil; her step-sisters: Elisabeth, Mary, Beaulah, and Lillian; as well as step-brothers: Roy, and David.

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