Former Steamboat Springs resident Frances "Biddy" Bonham died April 10, 2003, at her home. Frances was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Steamboat Springs. She married Wayne Bonham March 25, 1951, in Sterling. After moving to Wyoming in 1961, the couple ranched and raised a family northwest of Cheyenne.

Biddy was a breeder of foundation quarter horses and reputable feeder cattle. She loved her life in the country. She received the Legacy Award from the American Quarter Horse Association in 1998 for 54 consecutive years of registering good quarter horses.

Biddy was a phenomenally dedicated mother and grandmother. She had a loving and listening heart for everyone who came to her kitchen to drink her coffee and eat her cookies.

Biddy was preceded in death by her father, Marshall Peavy; her mother, Mavis Peavy; her brother, Robert Peavy; two sisters, Mary Stees and Marion Gee; a daughter, Wynne Jane Bonham and a grandson, Grady Matthew Bonham.

She is survived by her husband; three sons, Bill Bonham of Cheyenne, Peavy Bonham of Laramie, Wyo., and Marc Bonham of Laramie; a daughter, Jennie Mai Bonham and three grandchildren, Tori Bonham, Hayli Bonham and Rio Bonham.

Cremation took place at Schrader's Sunset Park Crematorium. Memorial services were held April 14 at Schrader's Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Frances P. Bonham and Marshall C. Peavy Youth Scholarship Fund through the American Quarter Horse Foundation, P.O. Box 3211, Amarillo, Texas, 79120.

Source: Steamboat & Pilot Steamboat Springs CO




Army correspondent, working on the Penbase Press, the MTOUSA Press and as a news contributor to Stars and Stripes. After his separation from the Army, he attended Wyoming University for three years and was a member of the UW marching and concert bands. George was called back into the Army during the Korean War and was sent to Europe, where he was stationed in Germany. He met Margot "Dinky?" Dieden, and they were married Nov. 17, 1953, in Westheim, Germany.

After his military service, George worked as sports editor and feature writer on the Wyoming State Tribune in Cheyenne. Later, he was information director for the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation in Laramie, and still later served as information director for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture in the Capital City. He was appointed information director for the Wyoming 75th Anniversary of Statehood Commission in 1965, receiving awards for his efforts helping to plan and conduct the celebration. His only entry into active politics came when he served as "advance man?" in campaigns for Gov. Stan Hathaway, State Treasurer Everett Copenhaver, State Auditor Jim Griffith and U.S. House candidate Harry Roberts.

Source: Wyoming Tribune Eagle ...Jan 6, 2006