Betty Jean Baker Bonham, of Roswell, passed away May 15, 2011, at the age of 84. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund at the First United Methodist Church. Betty Jean Bonham was born in Tahoka, Texas, on Sept. 23, 1926, to Lula A. Baker and Jim Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two older brothers, William Baker and Robert A. Baker. Betty attended East Grand Plains Elementary School and graduated from Hagerman High School. Betty married William (Bill) Bonham on Sept. 1, 1945. While Bill went to Germany with the Air Force, Betty stayed in Roswell. Following Billâ€™s service in the military, they started farming northwest of Roswell. They raised four children, Brenda, Robert, Richard and Betty Ann Bonham.
Betty enjoyed Bible study, and she loved the Poor Claires and prayer group. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Rocky Sunday School Class. She also enjoyed playing bridge, art classes and cooking. Throughout her life, she spent many happy weekends in the mountains at their cabin in Alto. She is survived by sons, Robert and wife Louetta, of Roswell, and Richard and wife Dana, of Castle Rock, Colo.; daughters, Brenda Bonham, of Roswell, and Betty (Bea) Roberts and husband Keith, of Ruidoso; grandchildren, Matt Bonham and wife Agnes, of Roswell, Monica Sweeney and husband Scott, of Roswell, Hoby Bonham and wife Amanda, of Roswell, Storrie Morris and husband Joby, of Lake Arthur, Shawna Miller and husband Matt, of Roswell, Paul Bonham, of Spokane, Wash., Christopher, Daniel and Jonathon Bonham, of Castle Rock, Justin Rogers, of Harper, Texas, Ryan Rogers, of Austin, Texas, and Teresa Roberts, of Ruidoso; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Other relatives include sister-in-law Ruby Baker, of Dallas; brothersin- law, Tom Bonham, of Albuquerque, and Jimmy Bonham and wife Bette Lee, of Scapoose, Ore.; and niece Suzanne Bonham and her son Reese Payne, of Portland, Ore. Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson- Bethany Funeral Home.