Obituary - Bonnie June (Allen) York

  • 2020-12-08, 03:21 PM
  • Source: Smith Family Funeral Home
Obituary - Bonnie June (Allen) York Bonnie June (Allen) York
June 23, 1936 - December 7, 2020

Bonnie June (Allen) York, 84, passed away in Fallon on December 7, 2020, due to severe complications from  COVID-19.  Bonnie was born in Fallon on June 23, 1936, to Lem and Mary Ellen Allen.  She was a lifelong Fallon resident, graduating from Churchill County High School in 1953.  She attended the College of Notre Dame, graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Bonnie was so proud of her Allen heritage and loved her Fallon roots and the adventures they produced. 

Bonnie cherished the outdoors. In her earlier years, Bonnie enjoyed duck hunting with her Dad, who also was instrumental in developing her love for horses.  She was an accomplished horsewoman competing in equestrian, western, and team roping events.  Bonnie was fond of water skiing, snow skiing, golf, and tennis.  However, her real joy was ranching and raising Saler cattle.  Bonnie loved her cows, giving individual names to most in the herd.  Her record-keeping for the cattle was impeccable as she maintained a well-organized accounting of each cow and could recount the breeding history from memory.  Bonnie’s pride and joy was her blind cow Helen, named after Helen Keller.  She took great care of Helen and spoke of her often.

Bonnie loved her music.  As an accomplished pianist and singer, she contributed those talents in the Epworth United Methodist Church and Lahontan Valley Concert Choir.  After taking Western Swing classes, she danced on a regular basis, where she met her longtime partner, Jesse Hernandez.

Bonnie was a dedicated teacher, positively impacting many students.  It was quite common for previous students to verbally express to Bonnie their appreciation of her as a teacher.  She began her teaching career with the Churchill County School District as an elementary music teacher.  Bonnie transitioned from elementary education to adult education when she became a faculty member at Western Nevada Community College (now WNC) in 1977 where she taught business and computer applications.  During her 30 years at WNC, she never missed a single day of class, of which she was very proud.  In support of women in academics, Bonnie was an active member of the American Association of University Women.  As a result of her dedication to teaching, Bonnie received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 1990, WNC Regents Teaching Award in 2000, Instructor of the Year in 2001, and was awarded Emerita status upon her retirement in 2007 at the age of 71.

Bonnie was a wonderful and supportive mother, grandmother, partner, and friend.  She leaves her daughter, Kristin Hamman Calley and husband Mike; brother Buz Allen and wife Kay; granddaughters Mary and Meghan; partner, Jesse Hernandez and her many friends and former WNCC colleagues.

It is heartbreaking, but due to COVID precautions and restrictions, services will not be held at this time. Bonnie would want to keep her family and friends safe from this devastating virus. Interment will be at the Fallon Cemetery in the Allen Family plot.

Special thanks to Dr. Aikin and the nursing staff at Banner Churchill Community Hospital for their care and genuine compassion.

Memorial donations can be made to the Churchill Arts Council (P.O. Box 2204, Fallon, NV 89407) or Churchill County Museum (1050 South Maine Street, Fallon, Nevada 89406).

A celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held in June 2021 to coincide with her 85th birthday.

Source: Smith Family Funeral Home



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Debra Jean Ridenour
Debra Jean Ridenour 2021-01-13, 09:32 AM
So grateful to have known Bonnie. What a fun lady. I think of her often. Go keep Gary in line! Sympathies to the family.
Rose Hernandez
Rose Hernandez 2020-12-16, 06:40 AM
Dear Precious Bonnie,
On the morning of your burial we want to express how dear you have been to us. We are so glad that our mother was able to share special family moments with you. She always spoke fondly of you.

Mother appreciated all the kind care you gave her when she joined you and Jesse on a Saler cattle purchasing trip to Canada.

We admire your patience, your equanimity, your total respect for humanity--the realization that we are all part of one Divine family.

May you know complete contentment, peace and freedom. May you feel surrounded by a symphony of angels. May you join your beautiful voice with theirs.

A garland of blessings and love to you,dear Bonnie.

The Hernandez Family
Jennifer Hernandez Hallam
Jennifer Hernandez Hallam 2020-12-14, 07:39 AM
Beautiful telling. She was an amazing woman and will be missed by so many.
Roseanna Lavia
Roseanna Lavia 2020-12-13, 12:26 AM
Bonnie was an amazing and accomplished woman who touched the lives of many.

My sincere sympathies to her loved ones especially Jesse. I am grateful for the opportunity to have met Bonnie through Jesse’s sister Rose.

May memories of good times help relieve some of your pain.
Eddie Aguirre
Eddie Aguirre 2020-12-11, 05:23 PM
love her as a music teacher at Oats park school
Deinse Hettinger Flanery
Deinse Hettinger Flanery 2020-12-10, 12:29 PM
Kristin, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a beautiful lady. My heart is with you at this time of sorrow
Norma & Tony Klenakis
Norma & Tony Klenakis 2020-12-10, 11:44 AM
Deepest sympathies to all of Bonnie's family Such an amazing woman and from a family that we loved deeply.
Debbie Getto Smith
Debbie Getto Smith 2020-12-09, 10:17 PM
RIP. Bonnie I always loved visiting with you as did my Mom and Dad
Susan Emmons
Susan Emmons 2020-12-09, 08:22 AM
Sad to hear about Bonnie's passing. She taught computer classes for the WNC Community Education department for many years and I truly loved talking with her about her cows. The students all loved her, too. She will be missed by many. Hugs to her family and friends.
Mary Lou Lehman
Mary Lou Lehman 2020-12-09, 05:44 AM
Loved that lady! She was my computer instructor at WNC. I think I took every class she taught. But our main connection was the Allen house. We bought the house that her parents owned and where she was raised. She loved that old house. Loved her stories about Helen. Bonnie will be missed.
Sue Smith Ansotegui
Sue Smith Ansotegui 2020-12-08, 08:09 PM
So saddened to learn of Bonnie's passing, as I met her when I first came to teach at Northside in 1973. She was the music teacher, and I was a new teacher right out of college! Rest in Peace, sweet friend.