A memorial walk will take place along the Yuba River in Penn Valley on Nov. 3 to honor the life of Bonita “Bonnie” Greene. A small service for the family will be held in Annisquam, Mass., at the end of November. For more information on the memorial services, call Robin at 798-3929. Mrs. Greene died Oct. 7, 2007, from cancer.
Mrs. Greene was born Sept. 24, 1940, in New Rochelle, N.Y. She lived in New York, Rhode Island and Maryland before moving to Bakersfield, where she resided for 35 years. She retired to Penn Valley in 2005.
Mrs. Greene received her master’s degree in English from California State University, Bakersfield and taught writing at the university for more than 20 years. She had a rare wit and meticulous intelligence; loved gardening, hiking and kayaking; played tennis as though her life depended on it; and enjoyed exploring the outdoors and painting what she saw.
Mrs. Greene had a gift for care giving and cared for her husband and mother with patience and love for many years during their illnesses. She was a beloved grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin and a dear friend to many. Mrs. Greene died with all of the grace, courage and kind concern for her family and friends that marked her journey through life.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Robin and Gerry Jaworski; Alison Greene; and Scott and Molly Greene. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Greene; and her parents, Rita and Edward Byrne.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Greene’s family asks that donations be made to the Distress Screening and Psychological Support for Cancer Patients program, addressed to Ayse Turkseven, Director, Sierra Nevada Memorial Cancer Center, 155 Glasson Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Checks should be made payable to “The SNMH Foundation” with a notation on the check that it is for the Psychological Counseling Program.
Alternatively, gifts can be made to The Alan and Bonita Greene Memorial Fund, a library fund benefiting the English and physics departments at California State University, Bakersfield. Donations should be addressed to Laura Wolfe, CSUB, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Checks should be made out to the “CSUB Foundation” and should note the fund name.
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