Bonnie Jean Sine Odekirk passed away on December 27, 2023 at the IHC Hospital in Murray, Utah from the complications of surgery. She was surrounded by her loving family in her last hours.
Bonnie was born at the Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City on January 31, 1950. Her parents were Zola Ellen Everett Sine and Harry Sutherland Sine. She married Craig Dana Odekirk on August 21, 1971 in the Congregational United Church of Christ, Ogden, Utah.
Bonnie graduated from Murray High School in 1968 and then attended Weber State University. At Weber State she complete course work for her associates and was working toward her bachelor’s degree in Office Administration with emphasis in Accounting. She was also attended Salt Lake Community College, WVC in the Associate Degree program in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Credit Analysis,
She supported her husband’s Army career by leading the family support groups in the 419th Transportation Company (1989 Certificate of Appreciation) and the 2/356th Logistics Support Battalion (2005 Certificate of Appreciation). Bonnie provided support and assistance to military families during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She supported other family support volunteers with training, monthly meetings and updates on current benefits and entitlements. As a council member, she helped plan the 1992 6th US Army Conference on families in San Diego, CA. Bonnie was a delegate to the 1990 US Army Family Action Planning Conference in Washington, D.C. She received the1990 Outstanding Utah Volunteer award from the 96th Army Reserve Command, the 1991 Outstanding Support Plaque as the Utah State Volunteer Coordinator, and the 1991 Outstanding Achievement Award from the 6th US Army (Presidio of San Francisco). Bonnie was presented the Blue Columbine Award at Fort Carson by the 91st Division in 2005 for her decades of outstanding service.
Bonnie worked for many companies in office management and accounting. Some of those included Titan Steel, Mountain States Bindery, Community TV of Utah, Flasher Barricades, BMW of Murray, Great Western Chemical in the Salt Lake City area, and Brenntag Pacific Chemical in Ogden, Utah. She later had her own businesses in home décor crafts and air and water purification (Alpine).
Bonnie loved to sketch and paint. She also loved doing crafts with her sons, grandsons and in her craft business. She loved spending time in her flower garden. Most of all, she loved taking care of her sons and grandsons.
Bonnie spent some early years in the LDS Church and her later years in the Congregational United Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband Craig Dana Odekirk (Ogden, UT); son Jason Dana Odekirk (Ogden, UT); son Scott James Odekirk (Lisa) (Plain City, UT; grandsons Easton James Odekirk, Lucas Eric Odekirk (Plain City, UT); sister Sherry Ellen Sine Schusterman (Plano, TX); and brother Raymond Harry Sine (Tucson, AZ).
Preceding her in death were her mother (Zola Ellen Everett Sine), father (Harry Sutherland Sine), brother (David Richard Sine); and brother (Harry Sutherland Sine, Jr.).
Jason Odekirk’s Remembrance:
To my dearly beloved mother, friend and Amazing individual. Bonnie was one of our family’s pillars of strength. A shining example for what a mother should be. She had a quick smile and a positive and outgoing personality that would win anyone over within moments of meeting her. She was a positive individual and she spread that to everyone she would meet. You could not meet anyone who was tough, tougher than nails than her. Even in her final few years, she held up against all odds and pushed through for the sake of our family. She would put everyone else’s needs before her own, and that was something I truly admired her for. Her heart was stronger than steel and more precious than gold, or any other precious metal or stone.
I learned early in my life that my mother used to charcoal sketch drawings, from what I saw of her work as a little boy, it was fantastic. She loved to plant flowers and sow the seeds for life in her flower beds. When my father brought home their puppy, Bruiser in 2008, Mom took to him and helped worked with him to get him trained. Thinking back, it seems all the family’s furry friends loved to hang around my mother.
My Mother has always stood by me and supported my life’s adventures. She would come over to my house to work with me on the administrative side of my business. Telling me “Watch that spending”. I try to follow her wisdom with that advice, and I keep that with me. When I was unsure of myself, she would bring clarity, when I was down, she would raise me up. She was also my shopping buddy. We spent almost every weekend at the grocery store getting things for the coming week. These times I am grateful for as it just allowed us to spend time together. To see the town, grab a bite to eat afterwards or get a hot chocolate and talk much about nothing. Her family was important to her and was her world, especially her grandsons.
When she became the one who needed to lean on someone as she started her final struggles, I was honored and grateful to be one of the ones to step up to be her pillar in her time of need. These thoughts and memories are but a drop in an ocean of what my mother was an individual. The hole inside of me is vast and will be difficult to fill. With the strength, wisdom and love she has given me over my life, this will help me to fill most of it. May you rest in peace at home with our heavenly father and know you have succeeded in all the important aspects of life here on earth. We will be together one day again, but until that time, I love you so much and will keep your memory close to heart, your son, Jason.
There are a million quotes, poems, expressions, statements and stories. What’s one more, why not, I remember like it was yesterday… because it was. The last thing I said to you was I love you, and you better not go anywhere. Your last words were, I love you and I’m not going anywhere. I know your mind and heart were telling me the truth, however your body was not on board with that plan. Your body forgot that I called you every single day, as I was driving home from work, it was a long drive so I had time. We would catch up on the day’s events and make any and all family plans. That is now gone, my car ride home is going to be silent, a silence that I’m not ready for.
Your body forgot that every time I screwed up, and turned the world against me, you would get behind me, and stood with me so I didn’t have to face it alone. Your body overlooked that on my darkest hours, when I could not provide for my family, you emptied your pocket without even blinking, so we could stay afloat. You helped me up my life’s mountain even when it got steep, even when you could barely climb your mountain.
I truly didn’t deserve a mother like you. So many go without. For that, I am truly grateful. Mom, my heart truly misses you, and even though I was not ready to let you go, even though it was way too early and you had plenty of life to live. You taught me to keep my head up and keep climbing my mountain no matter how dark it gets. I love you Mom.
My husband's Mother.
You were the one who held his hand when his life had just begun.
The one who taught him everything.
Who raised such a "loving son."
You were the mother he turned to with his questions and his fears.
The person who was always there.
To guide him through the years.
I am the one who took his hand to walk with him in life.
The one you "lovingly embraced."
And welcomed as his wife.
I am the one who is grateful now for the job that you have done.
Blessed with a wonderful husband and father to our beautiful two boys. The man that you call "your son."
I am truly blessed to of had a mother role model like you, you taught me so much, from sewing, crafts and when it came to being a mother you were one I knew I could rely on knowing my boy's wouldn’t have a mother who lead them in the wrong direction.
It’s most definitely going to be extremely difficult to find a way to navigate life without her. She taught me so much and most importantly she was there for me when my own mother wasn’t. She might not have been my mother but she was most definitely a mother to me.
Thank you for being there for me knowing I could always count on you for anything please continue to guide me through spirit, I am going to need you.
Your daughter-in-law Lisa
My Bonnie Jean. Jean, Jean, roses are red; All the leaves have gone green; And the clouds are so low; You can touch them, and so; Come out to the meadow, Jean.
I met you the summer of your high school graduation. We were on a double date with one of my friends and your friend, Sandy. I was jealous that you were not my date that night. We met again at the Weber State Library when you began your classes. You became my number one girl and we slowly began a relationship that lasted a lifetime. I remember how beautiful you were on our wedding day in August 1971. You were young and alive.
Life was an adventure. There were many good times and a few bad times, but together, we traveled through them. You blessed me with two wonderful sons which lead to two beautiful grandsons. You always put your family ahead of yourself and your family loves you for that.
I miss you and will wait until the day when we meet again…'Til the sheep in the valley come home my way; 'Til the stars fall around me and find me alone; When the sun comes a-singin', I'll still be waitin'…And run, if you will…meet me there, at the top of the hill.
Come into my arms, Bonnie Jean.
Scheduled Ceremonies and Gatherings:
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 5, 2024 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Gardens of the Wastach, 1718 Combe Rd.
Funeral services will be live streamed, and be made available by scrolling to the bottom of Bonnie’s obituary page Friday morning.