Bonnie Dare Griebe, 84, of Lake Minatare, Nebraska passed away Saturday, August 26, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family. Bonnie will be cremated and a memorial service will be planned at a later date. The family respectfully requests that all contributions be made in lieu of flowers to Regional West Hospice at St. Mary's Plaza, 3701 Avenue D, Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Bonnie’s obituary page viewable at www.reverencefuneralparlor.com.
Bonnie was born July 27, 1939, in Denver, Colorado to Edwin Darus "Ted" and Bonnie June Smith. She was raised in Colorado and graduated from Lafayette High School with the class of 1957.
Bonnie met the love of her life, Richard L. "Dick" Griebe while working as a car hop. She first thought he was a bit of a smart aleck while he tried to get her attention. Eventually she gave him a chance, and the two married on July 7, 1957, beginning a loving and dedicated relationship lasting until her last day.
Bonnie and Dick couldn't wait to start a family of their own and soon Richard L. "Rock", Nathaniel Troy and Ledare Lynnette "Lynne" were born. The family was raised in Boulder, Colorado where Dick and Bonnie resided for many years. Her children remained close to she and Dick and Bonnie truly loved helping and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Weddings, birthdays and holidays were special times for Bonnie, and she never tired of providing an extra touch to make sure every family member felt special on these occasions. Bonnie's favorite role was as a mother and grandmother. She never tired of new pictures, attending activities, or having the children visit. Her grandchildren are especially saddened by her passing as each relate those special moments, "old grandma" touched their lives while providing wisdom and guidance and feeling the love she had for each.
When children or grandchildren weren't around Bonnie loved her cats and had many in her lifetime. She had a love and respect for animals and had a special way with them. Bonnie had a lifetime appreciation for different genres of music.
Bonnie had many friends. Bonnie's involvement in leisure activities, travel, business, and church allowed her to meet numerous people. Her personality and giving nature ensured many became friends. Neighbors, friends and family remember her helping in so many ways. Some as a sounding board and others in much more significant ways such as providing a hand up or taking in someone in need. Many condolences have been received by the family expressing gratitude for something Bonnie did or said that had an impact on their lives. She touched many people with her works and deeds.
Bonnie held various work roles during her life. She worked alongside Dick as the office manager for Western Lawn Sprinklers in Boulder and helped in the transition when the business grew, and Dick started Western P.P.E. Although she left the office after this transition to spend more time at home, she still provided support when the company held special events. She later loved working in the envelope plant for Leanin' Tree Publishers where she had a deep appreciation for the art the company is famous for. The two purchased an old RV park when Dick "retired", and worked together to build Pony Soldier RV Park in Lingle, Wyoming where they became active community members. Later, when they decided to sell the park and permanently retire, Bonnie became active working for the Methodist church in Morrill, Nebraska. Bonnie and Dick worked side-by-side to make sure the church was always clean and helped run the second-hand store.
Bonnie loved to bowl no matter where they were living and was known as one of the better women bowlers in any house she played. She was a Top Hat and liked to travel with friends and teammates to compete in the local, state, and National tournaments earning many awards through the years.
She loved greatly and had the love of family, friends and acquaintances returned to her many times over. Bonnie will always be known for her quick smile and wit, her loving and caring ways, and her devotion to family. We could never have asked the Lord for a better wife, mother, grandmother or "Old-Gramma"!
Survivors include her husband, Richard L. "Dick" Griebe; brother, Edwin Smith (Beverly); children, Richard L. "Rock" Griebe Jr. (Cooki), Nathaniel Troy Griebe (Deanne), and Ledare Lynnette "Lynne" Giguere (A.L. "Bud"); eight grandchildren; two bonus grandchildren; twenty-two, great grandchildren; numerous loved nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie Smith; and her father, Ted Smith.