Bonnie Marie Taylor

Bonnie Marie Taylor passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, after a courageous 34-year battle against Friedreich’s Ataxia, her husband, Byron, by her side throughout the fight. Bonnie was known by family and friends alike for her unwavering spirit and genuine personality.

Bonnie was born on Dec. 4, 1952, in Livingston, Montana, the only daughter of Bill and Joyce Heer. She attended school in Livingston, graduating from Park High School in 1971. Growing up in Livingston, Bonnie enjoyed spending time outdoors with her family in the Paradise Valley area. She spent time working for Judge Swindlehurst before devoting her life to being the best “house boss” a family could ask for.

She is survived by her husband, Byron; daughter Sheli (Casey) Jacoby; grandsons Jordyn and Damon Taylor; her dad, Bill Heer; her favorite auntie, Kay (Ron) Hjelt; special cousin, Beverly Porter; nephew, Sam (Megan) Heer; niece, Jill (Nick) Shannon; and several uncles, cousins and many close and special friends

Bonnie enjoyed spending time shopping with her daughter, and laughing and making memories with her grandsons Jordyn and Damon. She never missed any of their little league or high school sporting events, reading Stephen King novels (she owned and read every piece published!), watching her Denver Broncos, and preparing for or decorating for Christmas — just when you thought you had unpacked the last box, she’d have “one” more. In her early years, she won several blue ribbons at the Park County Fair for her beautiful ceramic art.

She never forgot a family birthday and was always so thoughtful and considerate of others. Bringing joy to others is what she enjoyed most.  

Bonnie is preceded in death by her mom, Joyce Heer; brothers Douglas Heer, Terry Heer and Billy Heer; and maternal and paternal grandparents.

A service celebrating Bonnie’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will immediately follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Memorials in Bonnie’s name are suggested to Pad for Paws Foundation, P.O. Box 287 Helena, MT 59624.                 Please visit to offer a condolence to the family or to share of memory of Bonnie.