Carol Bonness was born January 11, 1943 in Plains. She grew up in Plains, and attended Plains High School. Carol married Ken Grazier and had two sons: Lance and Sean. She was given the nickname “Footie” because she walked around barefoot all of time.
Footie enjoyed nature, hummingbirds, her garden flowers, and creating art and music. She was a musician in The Silver River Band, where she sang, played guitar, and even made a record. She could cook enough for a small army, and always from scratch.
She married Dan Bates (Plains) a lifelong friend, in 1994. The two spent three years in Alaska, and later moved back to Montana together. They enjoyed taking care of their garden, playing with their dog, and spending quality time together.
Footie is survived by her husband, Dan Bates; sister, Patty Valentine; children, Sean, Lance, Roxie, Linda, Kitty, and Randy; grandchildren, Jason, Amanda, Amber, and Buddy, as well as many great-grandchildren.
Please join us in honoring Footie’s memory Saturday April 22, 2017. Her celebration of life will be held at the VFW in Plains from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please contact Amanda Moseley (Grazier) or Amber Scrupps (Grazier) if you have any questions.