Bonnie Jo Finney

March 27, 1951 — August 20, 2013

Bonnie Jo Finney

Bonnie Was Married to Bob Finney on April 13, 1986 and was happily married for 27 years, residing in Kemmerer, WY. She enjoyed being a mother, wife, and friend. Bonnie was always on the hunt for the next adventure whether it be baking, fishing, gold mining, exploring the badlands, artifact hunting, traveling, hanging at the lake, and partying with friends anywhere, but especially at fossil shows!

     She had 4 great kids, Shannon Marie Elwell and Zachary Matthew Elwell of Arkansas City Kansas and Brookie Nicole Finney and Robert Joel Finney II of Kemmerer Wyoming and she had 9 amazing grandkids Connor Joe Beckner, Collin DeAngelo Elwell, Candall Marie Elwell of Arkansas city Kansas, Devon Simons, Deseri Simons, Madison Dawn Finney, Robert Joel Finney III, John Joel Finney of Kemmerer Wyoming and Kaden Joel Menzer of Seattle WA.

     Bonnie was an avid fossil digger and prospector for 25 years in the Green River Formation. Having found the oldest bat known in 2003 and providing the specimen to scientific community the specific name Onychonycteris Finneyi was given in honour of Bonnie Finney who collected the holotype. Bonnie was published in Nature magazine on Valentines day 2008 on pg 818, and numerous news papers and publications around the world. She has birds and bats in the New York Museum of Natural History and the Onychonyeteris Finneyi in The Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.

     Bonnie was a top fossil preparator of fine fossils and is known for her high quality work across the world. She is loved by hundreds of kids that visited her in the quarry on Thompsons Ranch and the Dempsy quarry and She is loved by all who knew her, with friends around the world, She is greatly missed by all of us.

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