Bonnie Yurko

A beautiful baby girl was born to Fred and Carrie Pierce on a warm summer night on Aug. 14, 1927. She entered this world with a kick and a smile and remained a precious and gentle soul until her last breath. A lifelong Billings resident, she went to McKinley Elementary, Billings Senior High, and then on to the University of Montana, where she met her husband Jack. After a few cold and harsh winters in eastern Montana, where Jack was employed as a geologist, they returned to Billings to raise their three sons Jeffery, Eric and Chad.

An avid bridge player to the end. “Mom, what are you doing this week ?” “Well, I have bridge Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.” In her later years, she enthusiastically cheered for the Montana Grizzlies, although the rules of the game occasionally escaped her. “Tell me again how many points for a touchdown.”

We will forever cherish our mother “in every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand,” in the true colors of her flower garden, in the fragile legs of a newborn colt, and in the eclectic collection of antiques she gathered over a lifetime.

Bonnie is survived by her two sons, Chad and Jeffery; her daughter- in- law Diana Bjorgen (whom she adored and lovingly incorporated in to the family); her loyal kitty, Heide; and so, so many friendships that will endure through all space and time. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack and her son Eric, of whom she was so enormously proud.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Mayflower Congregational Church, 2940 Poly Drive.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ZooMontana or a charity of your choice.

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