Bonnie Darline Sweeden passed quietly in her sleep Thursday, January 26. She was born in Howard Kansas, Aug. 8, 1931, to parents Richard E. and Florance Andrews, who preceded her in death. Bonnie was also preceded in death by her former husband and life companion, Carl James Sweeden, in 2015; and her beautiful granddaughter, Amanda Beth Wolff, in 2016. Bonnie is survived by her sister, Evelyn, and husband, Robert, of Santa Rosa, California; brother, Lee, and wife, Dorothy, of Pensacola, Florida; brother, Paul, and wife, Linda, Calistoga, California; son, James, and wife, Lana, of Port Angeles, Washington; son, Carl, and wife, Diana, of Oakland, Oregon; daughter, Edith, of Tucson, Arizona, and daughter, Judith, and husband, Ron, of Center, Texas. Bonnie is also survived by grandchildren, Nathan, Christi, Derek, Holden and Ethan; their spouses and numerous great-grandchildren.
Bonnie was the oldest of four children and grew up with a naturally caring and loving heart, which led her into her lifelong profession as a registered nurse. After relocating to the Tyee area with her husband and family in 1965, Bonnie began working at Mercy Hospital in Roseburg, Oregon. She worked primarily on the swing shift driving herself and others that needed rides to work each day, a 60-mile round trip from home. All of her children can testify to the fact that it didn’t pay to try and be sick to skip school as the “doctor” was in the house. More specifically, you didn’t want to have a belly ache! Bonnie was also very active in her church activities. She led classes and assisted with youth group activities and, once again, there just wasn’t a good excuse for not being in church. Her commitment may not have been fully appreciated at the time, but her faithful prayers and insistence that her children had a faith base has paid well