KINGMAN - Bonnie Melissa Grounds was born in Music Mountain, Mohave County, on Feb. 14, 1915, the fourth of four children born to Vernie Crozier and William Franklin Grounds. At 100 years of age, she is the lone survivor of her close family.
Many in Mohave County will remember the Grounds family as a major operator of ranching in Mohave County and in Colorado. Bonnie's father, William F. Grounds, was the founder of the WF Cattle Co., which was later operated by his two sons, John and Howard.
In his later years, William Grounds (Billy) opened a real estate business along with his daughter, Bonnie. Bonnie continued Grounds Real Estate well past her 90th birthday.
Bonnie lost her only daughter, Irene Britt West, in 1969, as well as her only son, Howard in 2014. Irene married David West in 1960 and produced three beautiful children. Howard Britt was married to Phyllis Bibo in 1958 and likewise had three wonderful children.
Five years ago, Bonnie moved to Pasadena, Texas, to be close to loved ones to better care for her in her retirement years. Melissa West Parker, the oldest daughter of Judge David West, is principle caregiver. The governors of Texas and Arizona will be acknowledged the 100th birthday with a commemoration.