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Bonnie Jean (Cleveland) Arno

Born: Wed., Jan. 6, 1943
Died: Thu., Jun. 13, 2019


Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Wed., Jun. 26, 2019
Location: Florence-Carlton Community Church


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Florence - Bonnie Jean (Cleveland) Arno was born to Frances and William Cleveland on January 6, 1943, and lived in Bremerton, Washington, until she finished Junior College. She went to be with her Lord Jesus following a short illness on June 13, 2019. Growing up Bonnie was very active in Campfire Girls and served as a camp counselor. She always had many friends and was very involved in many activities. Bonnie married Steve Arno in December 1964. Filled with an adventurous spirit, on their first date Bonnie and Steve took a long boat trip to explore an uninhabited island in Puget Sound. Soon they were regularly hiking together in the Olympic Mountains. As newlyweds they spent the first summer living in an old Park Service trailer while Steve served as a naturalist in King’s Canyon National Park. Bonnie eventually settled down with her husband and children in Florence where she passed away peacefully at home. Bonnie and Steve moved to Missoula in autumn 1965 where she began teaching at Rattlesnake Elementary School. After her first son, Matthew, was born in 1970 she became a homemaker and volunteer in the community. In 1975 they moved to their family forest near Florence and Bonnie spent countless hours tending gardens and helping remove and burn endless quantities of pine needles and cones. She loved sitting by the woodstove while working on innumerable quilting projects. Once her boys were teenagers, she became a nurse in Missoula Public Schools, making many more friends along the way. Bonnie was active in the Florence-Carlton Community Church (FCCC). She immensely enjoyed her boys, Matthew and Nathan and their wives Melissa and Sara, and grandchildren Gregory (Sachi), Alex (Jenny), Brianna (Blake), and Solomon, along with her two great-grandchildren. She kept in close touch with her brother Ron, his wife Mary Anne, and enjoyed visiting and keeping up with all her relatives and friends. A celebration of her life will take place at FCCC at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Her wish was to be cremated and ashes scattered in the family forest. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations in Bonnie’s memory to FCCC or Youth Homes in Missoula.

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Allen Horsens
   Posted Fri June 14, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of sleepovers in the Arno household as a kid and Steve and Bonnie were always excellent hosts. We are praying for you all.

Jana Monser
   Posted Sun June 16, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. I worked at Hawthorne School when she worked there as a nurse She was very professional and kind... always! She made a difference in this world, what a blessing. May God comfort you all.

susan Taylor
   Posted Sun June 16, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. I have fond memories of her involvement with the Florence Carlton School. When I needed a substitute for my class I could count on her. I always enjoyed out visits when I would run into her as the years went by. Sending heartfelt sympathy to her family.
Susan Taylor

Linda Osmanson
   Posted Sun June 16, 2019
I knew Bonnie through her nursing in the Missoula County Public Schools. She was always busy, always smiling and always giving me important health information about students. My heart-felt sympathy to her family - we have lost a gracious lady!

Jack & Deb May
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
Steve and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn the loss of our dear friend Bonnie. She will be missed by all. May God bless your family. Love, Deb & Jack

Linda Simon
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
I was Bonnie's supervisor at the school district. She was my saving grace when I started! Bonnie was an awesome employee and nurse, incredibly hardworking and industrious, never sat still for a moment and as honest as the day is long. She always had a can-do attitude and always strived to do the best for students going the extra mile.

So sorry for your loss; she was a great lady.

Mary Porter
   Posted Wed June 26, 2019
After so many years since last seeing Bonnie, I was really saddened to hear of her passing. What a beautiful spirit; warm and gracious, full of love and light. She is one of my heroes from back in the day. I'll never forget her.

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you Steve, Matt and Nathan. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Sincerely, Mary Porter

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