How can I say good-bye to my sister that knew when I needed a kick in the ass; that never judged me - or anyone else, ever - no matter what I said or did. Sometimes we laughed together, sometimes we cried together, sometimes we had long conversations about anything and everything. My sister Bonnie L Thomas was my hero. She believed we are all responsible for our actions. She loved her children and grandchildren deeply and with all her heart. She worked hard - very hard - for so many years and deserved a much longer retired and peaceful life. I needed much more time for walks on the beach. I needed more Thanksgivings (her favorite holiday) that she always got all of us kids together to share with her. I will miss her cat stories. I will miss her "favorite" word - CRAP. My sister will always have a piece of my heart, and a piece that she took with her to heaven. I love you Bonnie, I hope you enjoy heaven with our mother, brother Dean, Grandma Patterson, Grandpa Patterson, our other family members, and your best friend Shirley, that went on before you. Say hello to Billy, Bobbie, Teresa. Now you can see our brother Joe and find out what the character is up to; you can quit worrying about his being. I can't say good-bye, I have too many memories that I will never be able to say good-bye to. I love you sis. Elizabeth Stewart
Bonnie Lynn Thomas, age 73, passed away at home in Newport, Oregon on March 26, 2018.
Bonnie was born to Susan Patterson and Richard Riddei in Los Angeles, California on February 16, 1945.
Growing up in the Portland-Scappoose area, Bonnie married Richard Thomas in 1963. Bonnie and her best friend Shirley Sleightam, owned Trucker’s Café in Scappoose in 1975, but most of her career was spend driving school busses for Scappoose School District, and later was promoted to supervisor of School Bus Services for Scappoose. If you had a child in school, you knew Bonnie. She retired in June of 2012 and moved to Newport, Oregon to be near family.
Bonnie is survived by her children: Richard Thomas of Michigan, Lisa Serrata (Juan) of Michigan, and Ty Thomas (Jade) of Seal Rock, Oregon.
Her memory is carried on by her siblings: Tim Goodner (Merryann), Joe Oester, Beth Stewart (David), Margaret Morris, Julie Grainger (David), Kenna Kyaer and Richard Reddei; as well as 14 grandchildren and soon to be 7 great grandchildren.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her mother, father, brother Dean Goodner and Grandpa Frank.