Mrs. Bonnie Boutwell, well known community civic leader, died this morning at her home, 131 Center Street, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Boutwell was a native of Pennsylvania but had lived most of her life in Taft. She was born December 12, 1898. She was a graduate of Taft Union High School and attended Taft college and Adult Center classes. She was the Westside correspondent for the Bakersfield Californian and held that poition since 1944. She was well known throughout the community in her news gathering capacity in covering many city, county, fraternal and school meetings. Mrs. Boutwell had been a member of the board of education of the Taft City School District for 15 years and was awarded a service certificate recently by the County Superintendent of Schools and at the time of her death she was president of the board. Mrs. Boutwell was noted for work with the youths of the community and was a past member of the Camp Condor Association and past leader of the Campfire Girls. During World War II she was head of the Senior hostessed of the U.S. O. She was also past president of the Taft American Legion Auxiliary, Post 70. Mrs. Boutwell was active in PTA work prior to her serving on the board of education of the Taft City Schools. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. R.L. Calhoun, 421 B Street and a son, Delbert Boutwell of Mill Valley; a brother, James H. Webb, Ventura; four granchildren and a great grandchild. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.