AnnaJean "Ann" Bonsen

December 25, 1933May 9, 2019

AnnaJean “Ann” Bonsen, 85 years old, passed on May 9, 2019. She was a longtime resident of Selah, Washington, living in the same house for 62 years. She was born on December 25, 1933, in Maysville, MO to Loren A. and Jessie L. Owens. She came to Washington as a small child.

Ann attended Yakima schools, graduating from Yakima High, and then graduating from Yakima Business College. She worked as an Office Manager/Bookkeeper for Congdon Orchards for over 50 years. She was married to Leslie Bonsen for fifty years before his passing.

Ann was an avid horsewoman, having ridden most of her life. She enjoyed playdays, trail rides and drill team. She belonged to the Wenas Saddle club for over 40 years, along with a number of other horse groups. She rode with the Kuntry Kwik Steppers ladies mounted drill for many years. She loved the thrill of competing all over the NW. She was still “horsing around” and trail riding at 78! Ann and Les raised many good Arabs, Quarter horses, and Paints in their lifetime at the ranch. She shared her love of horses and dogs with all. They had 10 acres of hayfield with a pond that they stocked with fish for their annual family fish off weekend. That was always a great time!

Ann loved family gatherings, especially Christmas with the house beautifully decorated, extravagant lights, decorations, and Christmas stockings all lined up for the grandkids. There was always a candy dish waiting; and goodie bags to go when you visited. She loved chatting with the family on her patio with all her flowers. She was always there for lending an ear and sharing her wisdom. Ann loved her Wednesdays. She had her hair and nails done, for “Steak night” out. It was a fancy affair for her, dressing up, adding her jewelry and lighting up the restaurant with her smile.

She loved adventure, traveling in the motorhome with Les, camping, hunting, and fishing. They especially loved the Pendleton Roundup, having annual tickets for the past 48 years. Ann is survived by 5 generations, her daughter, Susan (Joe) Griffin, sons: Lynn (Rosemary), Lanny (Nancy), Loren (Tammie), 8 grandkids, 14 great grandkids, and 4 great-great grandkids. She loved her family!

Special thanks to her granddaughter Sharee Simpson for Ann’s exceptional care, allowing her to remain home over the last year. Her dogs Jazz, Sam, and Charli will miss her dearly.

Love you more … till we see you again.

“See you later alligator - after awhile crocodile”

At her request, there will be no formal services. The family will celebrate her life at a later date. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


  • At her request, there will be no formal services.


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Dotty & Mike Simpson

May 19, 2019

My son Mike loved Ann and called her grandma. What I loved was Ann always ready to slow down and really listen to my son Mike. It would make me smile because Mike is not easy for some people to understand, but not Ann she always make him feel special. Ann you will be missed here in this life. I can see you and Les together again. Rest in peace

Lynee Beebe (now Carpenter)

May 16, 2019

Flashbacks of the truly Good Old Days. Those treasured times living a childhood in the Saddle Club were priceless. And Ann was a HUGE part of my childhood. We Beebe kids were surrounded by love and guidance and laughter. Ann was a BEAUTIFUL person --- her twinkling eyes, her musical laugh, her true BEAUTY. I remember seeing a calendar at the Grange (where xmas parties were) during that timeperiod and thinking that the western garbed lady on it could NOT hold a candle to Ann, I'll bet she and Joe (the infamous white horse) are sharing a wonderful trailride. SO MANY memories of trailrides, playdays, 4-H. and Ann was front and center in my memories of that time, I talked to Ann at Les' funeral and she was STILL a BEAUTIFUL lady inside and out. Deep sympathy to all of you. She is now riding Joe with Bob/Dynamite, Del/(Dandy), Bill Miller/? and just killing it in the poles, barrels, scurry by pairs and races. That group was pretty hard to beat!!! Can't take those memories away--may not remember yesterday but those childhood memories are always fresh, Love to all of you---Lynee