Bonnie Jean Lara of Casper, WY passed away on September 2, 2023. Bonnie was born in Casper, WY to Mark and Rosanne Lara on October 29th, 1969. She attended high school at Natrona County High School and graduated in 1988. Bonnie went on to earn an Associate of Science degree in pharmacy technology from Casper College. For the past few years, she worked as an office administrator.
Bonnie lived a BIG life and capitalized on enjoying her family, her friends, and her hobbies. She was dedicated to her daughters and son-in-law and spent every moment she could with her grandsons. She was a tireless advocate for them. She was their rock. She was their guide. She was their protector. No words could describe the intensity of love she had for her family and they for her. Bonnie’s friends were a direct extension of her family, and many describe her as fiercely loyal where no one was a stranger. Her laugh was infectious and her sense of humor like none other. She often referred to herself as a “glamma” instead of a grandma. She could fill an entire room with good energy and laughter in a second. Her very presence was impossible to ignore.
Some of Bonnie’s favorite hobbies involved motorcycle riding, music, and dancing. She loved her Harley Davidson as much as she loved most people. She had a great passion for the open air and mountains where she would often ride with friends or even on her own to clear her mind and find her soul. Recently, Bonnie started playing the drums in her dad’s band and quickly caught on, becoming a favorite musician to watch for many in the community. Bonnie also loved supporting her sister’s band and would attend every show she could where she could be seen dancing and cheering Sue on with a “you guys rock!” When it came to dancing, she was unbeatable, and most could not keep up with her. She could glide across the floor like magic.
Bonnie is survived by her daughters Brianna Kumba (Jake), Bailey Bell, and Taylor Keller (Wyatt), her grandsons Gavin Kumba and Colton Kumba, her dad Mark Lara, her sister Sue Morrison (Jason), her nieces Cheyenne Morrison Lehnen (Pat) and Mackenzie Morrison, her brother Mark Lara, and her great nephew Bowman Lehnen. She is preceded in death by her mom Rosanne Lara, who she missed dearly every day.
An interment will be led by Father Ray Rodriguez at Highland Cemetery located at 1860 E. 12th Street on Friday, September 15th at 1:00 pm with a Celebration of Life to follow from 2:00-5:00 pm at Occasion By Cory located at 303 S. Wolcott Street in Casper, WY.
Bonnie loved with her whole heart, lived with her whole spirit, and gave of herself with unmatched generosity. She will be greatly missed by many.