Yvonne 'Bonnie' Paul


Posted: Friday, April 02, 2004

Former Juneau resident Yvonne "Bonnie" C. Paul, 63, died March 6, 2004, in Salem, Ore.

She was born Aug. 15, 1940, in Toledo, Ore. to Raymond and Nadine Beal. She spent her childhood in Toledo, Swisshome, Mapleton and Florence, all in Oregon. She married Leslie Paul on Aug. 1, 1959, in Monmouth, Ore. During their 44-year marriage, they lived and raised their five children in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Kenya and Utah. During her life, she worked as a homemaker, was a foster parent, worked for Children's Aid Society of Utah and spent several years working at the Juneau-Douglas High School. She additionally served in several capacities in education governance in Juneau. She also served for a time as the Vice President of the Salem Mid-Valley Quilt Guild.

Her family said she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, working in her flower garden and sharing tea with friends. She also enjoyed all types of crafts. Her passion was quilting and making precious keepsakes for family and friends, in addition to donating to charitable organizations. They wrote, "She was loved by all and will be greatly missed."

She is survived by her husband, Les; five children, Janet Paul of Corvallis, Ore., Robert Paul of Ogden, Utah, Brenda (Chris) Casperson of Juneau, Shawn (Bonnie) Paul of Juneau, Jennifer (Bryan) Orton of Salem, Ore.; six grandchildren, Abby and Ellen Orton, Gabriel, Adria and Alaina Paul, and Amanda Casperson; sisters, Winnie Zweigart of Salem, Ore., and Billie Sites of Alameda, Calif.; brothers, Jerry Beal of Florence, Ore., and Jim Beal of Yuma, Ariz.; as well as a large extended family and many beloved friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the cancer foundation or organization of the donor's choice.

A memorial service will be held in Juneau this summer.

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