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Bonnie R. Gustin

May 26, 2023

1950 – 2023

Bonnie R. Gustin, 72 passed away Monday, May 22, 2023, at the McKay- Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Bonnie was born July 22, 1950, in Ogden, Utah, the daughter of Marian Louise Brown and Raymond Glen Young. She joined a large family, including brothers, David, Bill, and Stanley and sisters, Darlene and Beverly. Here she began to develop her sweet and beautiful personality as a loving peacemaker and a fearless protector.

Bonnie was a life-long faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, holding many church positions where she was well respected and loved.

She married Gary Allan Gustin on September 26, 1970, in Ogden, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Latter Day Saint Temple. Bonnie and Gary were blessed with three beautiful daughters: Lisa, Julie and Melanie. Bonnie’s daughters were the epitome of pure happiness and pride for her. Later, as grandchildren Chloe, Avery, Jonah, Grace, Lily, Madelyn, Elizabeth, Jacob and Sarah joined the family, her love expanded as they brought her unimaginable joy.

Teaching was Bonnie’s passion and she astonished others in this divine calling throughout her entire life. She was especially proud of her church calling to teach teachers, which she embraced with dedication and spirituality. Bonnie was also a teacher in life by constantly showing us what it looks like to be valiant in the face of hardship and challenges. She was a powerful influence on everyone who knew her.

Bonnie was an extraordinary homemaker and master seamstress, demonstrating her many talents of beautiful, intricately hand-sewn clothing, including fancy dresses, costumes for all occasions, curtains, and heirloom quilts completed with precision and care. She shared many of these “labors of love” with family members and friends. She was well known for creating hundreds of her own unique cabbage patch dolls and honoring lucky recipients with these treasures. Truly, Bonnie was fearless and so resourceful. She could create anything, fix anything and take care of most any problem. Bonnie was the one to call on for a calm and effective response in most any emergency— and we all called her.

Working for the Internal Revenue Service, Bonnie excelled in leadership, and was a dependable and key contributor to the improvement of numerous processes.

Our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend was an intelligent, fiercely independent, vibrant and courageous matriarch who leaves a legacy of love, perseverance, and fortitude. Anyone who came in contact with Bonnie was blessed with an immediate connection of compassion and friendship that made her unforgettable. We will all feel an enormous loss.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gary, parents, son-in-law, Curtis Ryland, and brothers, David Young and Stanley Young.

She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Jean (Jason) Nielson, Julie Dianna (Wes) Anderson, and Melanie Darlene Ryland. She is survived by her grandchildren, Chloe Jean Nielson, Avery Jacob Nielson, Jonah Seth Nielson, Grace Elizabeth Nielson, Lily Dianna Nielson, Madelyn Bonnie Schiffman, Jacob Wesley Anderson, Sarah Lynette Ryland, and step- grandchild, Elizabeth Rose Anderson. She is also survived by her sisters, Darlene (Bert) Browning and Beverly (Calvin) Wheatley and brother, Bill Young, sister-in-law, Rae Beth Young, and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

The family gratefully acknowledges the love and support of Bonnie’s neighbors and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on May 30, 2023 at the Harrisville 10th Ward, 1560 N 200 W, Harrisville Utah at 11:00 a.m. A graveside dedication will take place at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th St. Ogden, Ut. following the service.

Well and faithfully done, our beloved Bonnie…Until we meet again.

Condolences maybe shared with the family at www.leavittsmortuary.com.