Colleen Mercie “Bonnie” Patterson

June 17, 2019
With great sorrow, the family of Bonnie Patterson (nee Henderson) announces her passing on June 17th, 2019, at the age of 79 years, after a long and courageous struggle with ovarian cancer. Bonnie was predeceased by her husband Dave Patterson. She will be forever in the hearts of her beloved children, Colleen Malli (Brett), and Scott Patterson. She will also be remembered with deep affection by her grandchildren, Sarah Malli and Scott Malli, and by her siblings, Calder Henderson (Eileen), Judith Taunton, Brooke Bergot (Jim), and Dwight Henderson, and long-time caring partner, Bud Aalton. Memories of Bonnie will be held dear by her numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Bonnie grew up in Qualicum Beach then moved to Nanaimo to work for BC Telephone. She met Dave (Patty) at work, fell in love, married and they had their two children, Colleen and Scott. After raising her children, with a lot of love and home baked treats, she returned to work at the Mid- Island Co-op where she truly enjoyed socializing with her co-workers and the customers. She retired from the Co-op after many years of service. Her kindness and community spirit led her to volunteer with numerous charities over of the years. Even after her diagnosis of cancer, Bonnie continued to serve others.
She was a fighter, living many years beyond what medical professionals expected. Bonnie was defined by her warmth, compassion, and friendliness. She loved socializing, dancing, old movies, ice cream, and most of all, her home and family. To be with Bonnie was to have a good time. Her sharp wit and good humour were with her right to the end. Life without Bonnie leaves a hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Our family would like to thank the wonderful health professionals who cared for her over the years, in particular Dr. Anna Tinker of BC Cancer Vancouver, Dr. Ibrahim Dodo, and the entire Palliative Ward at NRGH. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. If you wish, in lieu of flowers please donate to the BC Cancer Foundation’s OVCARE program at or by mail to: BC Cancer Foundation, 150-686 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., V5Z 1G1 (604-877- 6040).

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