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LEMAY, Bonnie (nee Abraham)

January 29, 1931 – July 6, 2012

Bonnie LeMay (nee Abraham) passed away in the early hours of Friday, July 6, 2012, after a battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

She is survived by her brother John Abraham of Palo Alto; her daughter Jean LeMay of Calgary; her much loved cousins; extended family, and her fur people, Caru and Lolita. She was predeceased by her husband George in 1996; and her parents John and Esther Abraham of Chicago.

She was a student of life and saw it from a different perspective. Bonnie never did things in the usual way or for the expected reasons. She was always an independent, creative and curious person starting in the fields across from her childhood home to the icy landscape of the Antarctic in 2003. She went to Northwestern University and the University of Colorado and had her own consulting company for many years. Bonnie had many interests in her lifetime from teaching literacy to ballroom dance. A master bridge player, she raced cars, kept bees, showed cats, had horses, was a private pilot and lifetime member of ACTRA, playwright (CBC radio & ATP), and Calgary Society Independent Film.

Bonnie loved gardening and sharing its bounty with friends and the wildlife. She was a strong advocate for property owner’s rights and water preservation. She was ahead of her time and her projects seemed to start with the phrase “I’ve been thinking.” She always found good friends wherever she was and she could always find more (fun) things to do.

Instead of a service, Bonnie prefers a party because she loved good food and the company of friends. Please contact family for date and place. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bonnie’s honour may be made directly to the A.L.S. Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Suite 250, 4723 – 1 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2G 4Y8, or to the Alberta SPCA, 10806 124 Street, Edmonton, AB T5M OH3,

In living memory of Bonnie LeMay, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Joan & Carl Hayden :

    Dear Jean, Thank you, so much, for forwarding the obituary notice on your mom. I am Joyce Abbott’s sister second daughter of Ethelyn) and I’m sure you know that Ethelyn adored her brother, Jack, who looked out for her when he wasn’t teasing her. As children we only got to visit with your mother in her home infrequently, since Flossmoor was a long distance from our home on the north side of Chicago. Nevertheless, it was always a treat for 2 little girls who lived in an apartment to visit your mom’s lovely home with her private bedroom loaded with dress-up clothes from Aunt Betsy’s many social parties, and the wonderful playhouse in the woods behind her home.

    I’m sure you won’t recall it, but when you were about 9 years old, you spent some time visiting with your grandparents during summer vacation. I believe your folks had gone on a trip, or something. At that time, I was married to my first husband (the father of my 3 children) and we had just moved into our home in Schaumburg. Apparently, Uncle Jack and Aunt Esther had run out of ideas for entertainment for a 9 year old, so they called me and asked if we would be up for some company. My middle child, Joan, was just your age, so the two of you spent an afternoon getting acquainted and exploring Schaumburg. Joan was our adventurer, so I’m not sure where you two went, but evidently you had some fun and returned home safely thank goodness.

    Joyce and I always felt your mom was very popular and seemed to be very active socially. When Joyce entered college, I believe Bonnie showed her around Northwestern University. I followed Joyce to Northwestern a few years later, but I think your mom may have already transferred to Colorado by then (1953). I do know she was a very self-confident and independent young lady, and I do recall that she was planning her trip to the Antarctic the year the Abraham cousins all had a reunion in Watson, IL.

    Joyce and I were both shocked to learn that Bonnie had contracted ALS. What an awful disease that must be, but she was fortunate enough to have you to take care of her needs in the end. Our condolences to you, Jean. I think your mom lived her life to the fullest.

    Your cousin Joan and Carl

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  2. Mary McGuire :

    Dear Jean,
    Bonnie, whom I met through ACTRA, befriended me when I first moved to Calgary in the 1970s. Although casual friends, we kept in touch through ACTRA events, visiting in the city and at the “farm.” Bonnie always had a smile and a great laugh. I will miss her very much.

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  3. Gary & Barb Hillman :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your grieving the loss of your mother. Just over a year ago I lost my mother and I understand what a hole it leaves in our lives.
    But it heals over with time. Your mother wants you to know that.

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  4. Douglas W. Barnard. :

    Sympathy to the family. So sad of a time.
    I met Bonnie about 15 years ago at my place in Acme. She came over for a visit. She was curious about who lived behind the trees in Acme. I gave her a tour of the gardens. She enjoyed it very much.

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  5. William Shiels :

    Sorry to hear about your Mom.
    I always enjoyed going to the “farm” with your brothers Richard and Les. Your mother was always an elegant lady, and George always proud of all the aircraft..and toys…I am thinking of you Jean at this difficult time.
    {Bill} Shiels.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. My thoughts are with you. In time the pain will pass and you will have all the good memories to comfort you.

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  7. Mary Humphrey Baldridge :

    I am sorry she’s left us. But just look at what she did with her life!! She was some kind of lady!
    Love, MHB

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  8. Paddy Campbell :

    I have good memories of our past adventures. I know wherever Bonnie is, she’s organizing a good time.
    Brave hearts, All.

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