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Bonnie J. Thomas
Bonnie Juanel Thomas, 59, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2007, after an arduous struggle with complications of diabetes.
She was born on Nov. 16, 1947, to Margaret and Leonard Gray in Trinidad, Colo.
Bonnie’s zest for life, energy for causes, and care for people characterized her whole life and drew people to her. Whether she was producing a neighborhood talent show as a young girl, making sure children received medical care in her job, or opening her home to friends and family, she displayed her love of life, her joy in sharing and her great strength of purpose.
She came to love God early in her life and her faith grew and sustained her through life’s struggles. She took great joy in her only grandchild, Daniel, and delighted in relaying stories about him to others.
When Bonnie came to Alaska in 1971 “for the summer,” none of us could have known that she would stay, create a family and affect so many lives during her life.
Her family said, “Those who loved her and have been left behind, mourn this great loss, but cherish the time she was among us, and are remembering with joy what she taught us by her life. Go with God, precious Bonnie.”
She is survived by her husband, Danny Thomas of Tok; her children, Belinda Thomas of Paris, Texas, and Sheila Thomas and Nathan Thomas, both of Tok; grandson, Daniel Thomas of Paris, Texas; mother, Margaret Gray of Spokane, Wash.; sisters, Sharon Pease of Saucier, Miss. and Sandi Gray of Richland, Wash.; many other family members, dear friends, beloved in-laws and many other members of the community of Northway and Tok.
Arrangements were by Fairbanks Funeral Home and Crematory.
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