Bonnie Lee Morehart
Bonnie Lee (Garoutte) Morehart, loving mother, sister, and a true friend to many, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the age of 76, after a courageous 14 month battle with pancreatic cancer. A true firecracker, she was born on the Fourth of July in 1942 to Harold & Lena (Kuhnau) Garoutte in Heron Lake, MN. She spent her elementary years in Heron Lake before graduating from high school in Long Prairie. As a young adult, Bonnie's dad died, resulting in her living with her mother for the time being. It is during this time that she met Garfield "Gary" Morehart one night at a dance in Nelson, and the two were married on June 20, 1970. After the wedding, the couple operated a dairy farm in the Nelson area until 1988 when they moved to Alexandria. It was there that Bonnie spent the majority of her life helping Gary as caretaker and manager of an apartment complex, where they continued to live after they retired. In her lifetime Bonnie had two daughters, Penny and Beth, who were her pride and joy and a light in her life.
Baking, camping, going to bingo and the casino, and caring for various animals were some of Bonnie's favorite activities, but nothing compared to her love of the Minnesota Vikings (SKOL!). She will be remembered for her honesty, good sense of humor, and being strong and fearless in the face of adversity.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 46 years, Gary; brother, Jim Garoutte; sisters, Lorene Radjl and Betty Hadden, and sister-in-law, Delores Garoutte.
She is survived by her daughters, Penny (Tim) Leavey of Sauk Rapids, MN and Beth (Dave) Walker of Vadnais Heights, MN; grandchildren, Logan and Alyssa Leavey, Ryan and Lindsey Walker; sister, Ruth (Julian) Barsness of Alexandria, and brother, Dean Garoutte of Heron lake, MN.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 PM, followed by the memorial service at 1 PM on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Because of her love of animals big and small, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lakes Area Humane Society. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home www.andersonfuneral.net