Bonita Louise Ridgeway Robertson, 87, passed away on September 10, 2022, surrounded by her immediate family in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bonita was born on April 3, 1935, to Thomas Marshall and Ruby Ridgeway in Mounds, Illinois. She was the youngest of four children. She married Richard D. Taylor in 1951 and then moved to Champaign, Illinois. While there, Bonita raised her three children, completed nursing school at Parkland Jr. College and received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Illinois. In 1978, Bonita moved to Salt Lake City where she worked as an instructor for surgical technicians at the Salt Lake Community College for 16 years. She also obtained a master’s degree from Utah State University. Bonita was married to Jim Robertson from 1981-2021.
Bonita enjoyed reading literature and especially biographies, studying the gospel, traveling, and researching family history. She loved learning and was an excellent, cook, seamstress, decorator, family historian and shopper. Bargains would literally appear when she went shopping, and she always lit up a room with her style and presence. Bonita loved to talk with people and was very open about her life. Her love and acceptance of others allowed them to open up and share their life stories which created many lasting connections. She was loved and admired by many for her open personality, warmth, integrity, intelligence, beauty, and humor.
Bonita is the mother of three children, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, brother, and grandchild, Justin. Bonita is survived by her sister Bette, and her three children, Richard (Donna) Taylor, Phil (Pat) Taylor, and Laura (Brad) Bunker.
A viewing will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Memorial Mountain View Cemetery, 3115 Bengal Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, Utah.
The family wishes to thank Bonita’s friend Sherry Lindberg for her unwavering love and friendship. Gratitude for the care Bonita received from the Ridge at Cottonwood is also expressed. Additionally, many thanks to Intermountain Hospice for their care and comfort during her final weeks.
Very sorry to read of Bonita’s passing. We really enjoyed our association with you both.
She was warm , thoughtful and nice to be around.
Best wishes to you and your family
Jay and Susan Cashmore
We wish we could be joining you to celebrate Bonita's life this weekend. From afar, we are grieving with you but also remembering beautiful Bonita, and her incomparably vivacious and FUN spirit. May God's comfort and peace uphold you! Sent with prayers -- cousin Kirk
Sending my Condolences to family
I met Bonita at The Ridge as I cared for one of many friends she has. She will be deearly missed.
My sincere condolences to each of you as you navigate the loss of your beautiful Mother. Every occasion I spent with her was joyful and uplifting! We laughed and cried and I always was touched by her love and testimony of the Savior. She met her challenges with strength and her faith was unwavering. She was truly an example. I was humbled by the experience to be with you as she got her angel wings and joined her loved ones on the other side. She is finally at peace in the arms of our Savior whom she knew well. May her love and peace remain forever in our hearts.
Love and prayers,