Bonnie Jean Bouwman passed away on April 11, 2015 after a very short struggle with cancer. She leaves behind, her husband, Peter, and will be missed by all her family and friends.
Bonnie was a teacher in Burnaby for over 30 years and worked with the Burnaby Children’s Choir. She thoroughly enjoyed her work and was able to teach any child to read and to love reading. She put many extra hours into her profession.
Bonnie was an animal lover and worked with cats for many years. She was involved with TICA and wanted to become a cat show judge. She won many awards for her cats and loved traveling to cat shows.
Once traveling became more difficult, she ran her little hobby farm and thoroughly enjoyed her chickens, geese, sheep, and horses over the years. She also loved dogs and was involved in dog rescue as well for these last years.
She loved the Barriere area that she settled in 10 years ago after retiring from teaching and worked hard every year on her entries into the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo. She was a member of the local knitting group in Barriere and this was another of her passions. Mariel helped her perfect the art of sock knitting and this group was so wonderful sending cards and good wishes weekly to her during her last six weeks. She was sorely saddened that she never was well enough to attend one last knitting session.
On behalf of her family, a big thank you to the community of Barriere for their love and support to my mother over the 10 years she lived there. And a big thanks to the home care nursing team and the hospice lending cupboard for all their help. You were awesome.