Bonnie Lorene (McCollum) Burnett

Born: Fri., Jan. 8, 1932
Died: Fri., Apr. 13, 2018


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Mon., Apr. 16, 2018
Location: Foster Funeral Home & Crematory

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Tue., Apr. 17, 2018
Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - St. Ignatius Ward

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ARLEE – Bonnie Lorene McCollum Burnett, 86, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018, in Missoula surrounded by her loving family. Bonnie died in much the same way she lived; with grace and dignity and at peace with the world.
Bonnie was born Jan. 8, 1932, in St. Ignatius, Montana to Ralph and Louise McCollum.  After high school, she worked as a telephone operator before leaving for Western Montana College in Dillon.  There, her roommate had a high school yearbook where Bonnie first laid eyes on Clint Burnett of Sheridan. Bonnie soon found herself in a taffeta dress on their first blind date at the Blue Anchor in Twin Bridges. Clint and Bonnie were married in 1952, after she graduated with her teaching certificate.
Their many adventures together over almost 60 years of marriage and the raising of their five children include: life at the Arlee Fish Hatchery; transformation of the Arlee Mercantile into the restaurant and recreation center that became known as the B-Hive; the ranch where family, friends and even strangers were always welcomed at Fort Burnett; lifelong friends from Alaska to Montana; sharing of much friendship over fry bread, chokecherry syrup and sarviceberry pies; and the making of many memories.  
Bonnie taught First Grade for many years and found great satisfaction in teaching her pupils to read. Bonnie was loved and revered by all children, those she taught and her own grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bonnie loved the Lord and all His creations, being particularly fond of horses and flowers.
She was preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Louise McCollum; brother, Bruce McCollum; husband, Clinton Burnett; son, Scott Burnett; and grandson, Christopher Burnett. Survivors include her daughters, Monica Hanchett and Renee Howlett; sons, Clay Burnett and Darren Burnett; seven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Her kindness and genuine warmth were renown and she had a positive impact on everyone she came in contact with. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
Funeral services will be held at the St. Ignatius LDS Church on Tuesday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. after which her mortal body will be buried near her husband and son at the Pleasant View Cemetery. Viewing will be at the Foster Funeral Home on Monday, April 16, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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