Sydna Rae Bohnet

BOHNET, Sydna Rae Abbott (Smith), 81, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother; great great grandmother and dear friend to all, died peacefully on November 28, 2017 at the home of her son Kevin Bohnet. She had been surrounded by her children and grandchildren who shared fond memories of her.

Sydna grew up in Mesquite, Nevada with her parents Raymond and Leah Abbott and her siblings Izetta, Ideena, David, Leila, Erva, Artricia and Sheila. Later they moved to Kuna, Idaho where the family set up a farm. She recalled the hard work of the fields and cooling her feet off in the canal. She loved singing and was a member of her high school glee club. After school she worked for the Nampa Mercer hospital, then she ventured out to Provo. She was set up on a “blind date” with Gerald Victor Bohnet and despite her dad not wanting her to marry a “Canadian” who would take her far away from the family, she listened to her heart and married Gerald Victor Bohnet in the Salt Lake City Temple, March 19, 1958. Despite health problems Sydna led an active life. She had 4 children Vicki, Toby, Darwin and Kevin but opened her home to foster children whom she grew to love each one of them. From fostering, the family gained a new addition when “lil” Jerry was adopted into the family in 1983. Liz, Danielle and James Bandeaux became part of her Hanai family.

During her life Sydna loved singing, she performed in many local shows, Christmas pageants, operettas and was part of a female quartet that entered barber shop competitions. She always belonged to a church choir, school choir or community choir. She worked for a brief time as secretary, a travel agent and an Avon district leader. She loved baking and was famous for her butterhorns, and homemade chocolates. She baked cakes and pies but her family never ate them as they were always given away. She joined Jerry in travels around the world, to Japan and Europe and on cruises. But her favorite trips were car trips, because she could sing and always had a box of food for the trip. Her homes included Grassy Lake, Alberta, Creston BC, Manyberries, Alberta, Magrath Alberta, Banff Alberta, Spanish Fork, Utah, Laie and Hauula, Hawaii and Portland Oregon. Sydna made lifelong friendships everywhere she went. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held many different positions in Primary and Relief Society. Sydna served as president for the Brigham Young University Faculty Women’s Association which was a position she really cherished. She loved researching for genealogy and every name she came across was added to the list of “her people”. She loved playing board games with family and friends with food and snacks always provided. Attending college basketball and volleyball games with dad brought out the spirit in her. Her lifetime was filled with service and giving to others.

Before retiring and moving back to Utah from Hawaii, Sydna adopted Shadow. Shadow became the apple of her eye and stayed by her side for over 16 dog years. She credited Shadow to saving her life multiple times. After Gerald passed away in 2006 Sydna remarried Gordon Smith in 2009 and was with him until his passing in 2016.

She loved spending time with all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild and always made sure they were fed or had treats. She helped raise a majority of them and would babysit anytime she was asked. She loved just talking to them and appreciated their visits.

Sydna is survived by her four sisters, Ideena, Erva, Leila, Sheila. Her children; Vicki (Samuelu) Matafeo, Toby (Malou Bohnet), Darwin (Mindy) Bohnet, and Kevin (Lana) Bohnet, Jerry Bohnet. Hanai children Liz, Danielle, James and Raoi. Her 17 Grandchildren, 25 Great-grandchildren, and 1 Great-great grandchild. She is preceded in Death by her husband Gerald Bohnet, grandson Taulagi Matafeo, husband Gordon Smith, and Shadow.

Services will be the following Saturday, December 2, 2017 Viewing will be at 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Funeral at 11:00 a.m. Address of LDS church is 891 West 130 North, Orem, Utah. Burial service will be following at Spanish Fork Cemetary 420 East 400 South, Spanish Fork, Utah.

If anyone would like to help us with the costs of the funeral it would be greatly appreciated. You may contact Walker funeral home at (801) 798-2169. They will keep track of all donations and apply them towards the costs.

Mom loved Christmas, she would want all of you to gather your families, sing a lots of Christmas songs, play games, eat lots of great food and share a meal with someone.

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  1. For me it`s very difficult writing about feelings in english! I was very surprised to get in contact with Gerald, it was a time i mean 2 years, i learned a lot! His father was visiting Tumlingen and Grüntal in Germany! He was looking about the Bohnet`s-roots, he had been there 1973 or 1974, it was near 200 meters from my parents house! I was there too young! But with Geralds working about the Bohnet`s i was coming inside the Bessarabian Bohnet-Line! So what he had done, without his wife, he never could doing! I will saying thank you Sydna Rae for your work with Gerald! She and all children can be proud of this/own family! So i see, she had a open heart, i`d seen and feeling it by following all what happened on FB!