August 7, 1928January 31, 2012

Bonnie Baird Beine A special light left the earth in the passing of Bonnie Baird Beine. Born Bonnie Lee Baird to parents Dewey and Esther Baird on August 7, 1928 in the Amistad/Centerville area of New Mexico, Bonnie had a sparkle that will be sorely missed by her friends and family.

The Baird family moved to Clayton, NM for Bonnie and her sister, Winnie Lue, to complete high school. Upon graduation, both girls stayed close to home. Bonnie began work at the local telephone company; Lue at the bank. In March 1949, Bonnie married George J. Wiley from Clayton and they settled in his ranch home near Mount Dora, NM. Daughters Debra, Lue Anne and Paula were born to the couple.

Bonnie met and married Victor Beine in Amarillo, Tx. They enjoyed a home there until relocating to Fort Sumner, NM in the late 1990’s to be near Bonnie’s daughter Lue Anne Crist and family. Texas again became their home in a move to Canyon where Bonnie resided from late 2010 until her passing.

Those who knew Bonnie will recall her love of dancing and none will forget her fondness for cattle, horses, birds, flowers, turtles and any shade of pink – her ability to identify any cow in a herd was surely a gift from her father, Dewey, and her appreciation for the gentle beauty of life came from her loving mother, Esther. Despite recurring health issues, Bonnie was lithe and active until recent years. She could light up a room with a smile and she enjoyed the company of family and friends new and old, often regretting that she couldn’t be with them as her health waned.

Bonnie is survived by daughters Debra Wiley of Alexandria, VA; Lue Anne Crist and son-in-law Larry Crist of Amarillo, Tx.; and Paula Baker of Albuquerque, NM; by her loving partner Victor Beine of Canyon, TX and his children and their families. She also leaves grandchildren: Trent Monk, Travis Monk, Kimberly Crist, Garrett Baker and Ashton Wetzel; great grandchildren Grayden and Piper Wetzel; niece Christie Swayden and nephew Malcolm Hudson, children of Bonnie’s late sister, Winnie Lue Dellinger, and her nieces and nephews of George Wiley who remained a part of her life. Each knew Bonnie as a pivotal figure who touched every part of the family in a different and memorable way.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Memorial Park Funeral Home, 6969 I-40 E., Amarillo, Tx 79118. Condolences can be mailed to the Beine home at 14 Turtle Crossing, Canyon, Tx. 79015-7296. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Silent Unity, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065-0001,; Hospice Care of the Southwest, Childers Place, 6600 Killgore Dr., Suite 110, Amarillo, TX. 79106;


  • Graveside Service Friday, April 13, 2012


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February 6, 2012

Dear Lue Anne, and all of Bonnie's family. We were so sorry to hear about Bonnie's passing. She will be sorely missed. I will always remember her great personality, so funny and that smile! But I know she is having a great time in heaven dancing with all those angels! Our prayers are with you all. Love, Pat and Tuck