Bonnie Williamson of Shelton, a wonderful and courageous woman, lost her struggle with life and is now at peace. She was born in Aberdeen, April 1, 1935, and surrendered her beautiful life in the arms of her husband at their home on October 26, 2013.
She was the youngest of four children, born to Arthur and Elizabeth Lewis. She attended schools around the Northwest: grade school in The Dalles, Ore., graduating from Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, and attended South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) in Tumwater. Her goal was not to achieve a degree but simply learn more in the fields of computer technology and other interesting educational aspects of life that she was unable to gain while raising a family. She was president of Phi Theta Kappa while attending SPSCC for three years and received many accolades from the faculty and school administrators for her achievements. She also worked one year as a writing counselor while attending SPSCC, which she considered to be one of her favorite jobs.
She was married to her husband, Melvin for just two months shy of sixty years. They fell in love the first time they met singing around a friend’s piano. She traveled with him as a Navy wife while the Navy sent them to exotic duty stations throughout the world such as Guam, Marianas Islands, Washington D. C. area, the Philippine Islands, Hawaii, Morocco, Africa and Scotland, of Great Britain. Their three children were born throughout the world during their time in the service.
While stationed in Scotland, Bonnie was active in the enlisted wives club activities. She taught cake decorating while stationed at the Naval Communication Station at Cheltenham, Md., (near Washington D. C.,) Morocco and Scotland. She loved to crochet throughout her life and created dozens of Afghans for friends and close relatives. She also loved to sew, creating hers and Melvin’s square dance costumes and many of her children’s everyday attire while stationed in the Philippines. In Hawaii, she was a member of the local club in Toastmistress International.
She was a member of Lions Clubs International for 26 years, holding offices of club president (two times) and Zone Chairman of her District. She received one of the highest awards given to Lions Club members, the Melvin Jones Fellowship award.
She was an avid romance-novel reader, a sports fan of the Seahawks football team, the Mariners baseball team and rarely missed a golf championship on Saturday mornings. She especially enjoyed all dimensions of figure skating, local and international. Her trivia knowledge of people and events were unsurpassed. Her family believes she could have been a contestant on Jeopardy.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin; three children, Mark, Bruce and Melanie (Quentin); two grandchildren, Scott and Anthony; and various nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Edward, James, and Russell Lewis.
A celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held at “The Pavilion” (the new Shelton Senior Citizens Center) in Shelton, 190 W. Sentry Drive, Shelton., from 1pm to 4pm, on Sunday, November 17, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the NORTHWEST LIONS Sight & Hearing Foundation, 221 Yale Ave. N. E., Suite 450, Seattle, Washington 98109-5490 or a charity of your choice.