Bonnie wondered, as she stood in her rubber boots in the pig pen, how she ended up on a ranch.

The daughter of a father who was B.C. Police and then with the Game Dept., meant that she, her brother Dennis, and sister Sandy never stayed in any place for long. Yet this RIH nursing grad was now rooted: walking through manure, taking it all in, and loving her new life at Pinantan Lake. Her marriage to the lanky Garfield Hines would result in three boys (Brian, Dan and Darren) and an eventual move away from the ranch into Kamloops.

Her vocation and her nature were one. As a compassionate community nurse for many years, she was also a skilled mentor for younger nurses. Witty and warm, yet with a bright sadness and a persistent struggle with her hidden regrets, she dedicated her life to serving others. This continued into the years beyond her working life, as she volunteered at hospice and in pastoral care for her church.

Her favorite place was their simple cabin at Neskonlith Lake and enjoying time with her three grandchildren: Skye, Ali and Sarah. Bonnie’s faith was in the Spirit who guided her and her devotion was in studying the Bible for sustenance and grace. It gave her the quiet reassurance to gently release herself in the early morning hours into hands of mercy. As her body began to break down, she was ready for this freedom.

We will gather to celebrate her life at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at the Centennial Chapel Free Methodist Church at 975 Windbreak Street in Kamloops, BC. A tea will follow the service.

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6 Tributes

  1. carolyn tytor
    Posted October 28, 2022 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    mmy deepest condolences to the family at this tttime. Bonnie was a wonderful mother
    in law to me when i was married to
    darren, her late son.
    prayers to everyone

  2. Audrey Greffard
    Posted October 28, 2022 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Brian and Dan:
    My condolences on the loss of your Mom. Always a busy lady. I saw her a short time ago. At her new home, and had a short chat with her. Your folks were always good neighbors. You boys were always visitors at our house. God bless you both and your Mom.

  3. Val Theroux
    Posted October 28, 2022 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful words Dan! I met Bonnie and worked with her in Community Nursing from 1980 – 1986 and while I worked for Hospice 1884 – 1996. Although only ten yrs my senior she always seemed so much wiser and was a true mentor to many including myself. She was such a straight shooter and had a wicked sense of humour. She gave compassionate nursing care and was an advocate for patients and families alike. Above all she lived her faith in all she did. It was an honour to have known her. My heartfelt condolences to you. I hope i am able to attend the funeral but may be away that weekend. Much much love to you Dan. May the memories you treasure most sustain you in your darkest moments and may bestest blessings be with you always. Val

  4. Faith Bailey
    Posted October 30, 2022 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Brian and Dan-Your mother was a special lady. I am sorry for your loss.

  5. Sharon Larsen
    Posted October 30, 2022 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Brian, Dan and families. Deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. May all memories you have and the laughter shared bring you joy and a peace as you grieve.

  6. Joanne Bell
    Posted November 4, 2022 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Have so many wonderful memories of my Community Nursing days with Bonnie. she definitely was a marvellous mentor to me when I joined the ranks. Never made me feel intimidated or overwhelmed.She was such a quick wit and made working along side with her so enjoyable.
    She showed great empathy for her patients and spoke with love of her family ..she left her imprint with so many
    What a beautiful tribute you wrote for her.

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