Bonita Joan Meyers passed away at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2009, at Liberty Country Place in Centralia, Wash. Bones, as she was known to many, was born on May 19, 1930, in Hot Springs, S.D., the daughter of Vincent and Stella (McHenry) Judd. Her family moved to Hood River, Ore., in 1944, where she graduated high school and met her spouse of 60 years, Marvin “Cy” Meyers, the son of Elmer and Alma (Kitchel) Meyers.
Cy and Bones were married on Jan. 19, 1949, in Hood River; they moved to Winlock in 1960 and have lived at their current address since 1961. Both were active members of the community.
Bonita took joy in activities that would create fun for others. One of her first volunteer efforts was as a Den Mother for the Boy Scouts. During the 1960s she was a member of the Women’s Club, which staged the Halloween Spook House and produced floats for the Egg Day Parade. One of their most memorable activities was the stage show productions these ladies created for the crowds on Egg Day.
During the 1970s she was a member of the Booster Club which supported the athletic programs for Winlock schools, both through fund-raising and in turnouts for team events.
During the mid-1970s, as then-editor of the Lewis County News, Bones was instrumental in a fund-raising effort which produced the first ambulance to serve Winlock and in establishing a first-responder team of volunteers to meet the emergency needs of the sick and injured. Of late, she has been involved with the development of Winolequa Park in Winlock.
Bonita worked for the Lewis County News, now The Town Crier, off and on, from 1967 until January of 2009, when she became too ill to continue.
She enjoyed sewing and could make “clothing, curtains or costumes,” but was interested in learning anything new that she could make for others. Over the years she delved into cabinetry, bricklaying, upholstery and sign-making (a phase that saw her gifted with power tools instead of perfume at Christmas).
Bonita was a Catholic by faith, a Republican in politics and a self-made writer by profession. She never missed a Hood River High School reunion.
Bonita was preceded in death by her sisters, Barbara Springfield, of Hayward, Calif., and Bertice Pluymaekers, of Vancouver, Wash.; and brother, James Vincent Judd, of Milwaukie, Ore.
In addition to Cy Meyers, Bonita is survived by her sisters-in-law, Art and Isabel (Meyers) Kirscht, of Richardson, Texas, and Doris (Meyers) Lewis, of Hood River, Ore.; children and grandchildren: David and Virginia Meyers, daughters Rachel and Michelle, of Vancouver, Wash., daughter Lisa (Meyers) Stalnaker, of Lacey, Wash., granddaughter, Kirsten Stalnaker, of Winlock; son, Jason Meyers, of Tacoma, Wash., and son, Sam, and Eby Meyers, children John, Cy and Rebecca, of Winlock; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m. at the Winlock Middle School gym with a reception to follow. a Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at noon. A reception will follow.
Memorials may be made to the Shannon Lewis Heart Fund. Services are under the direction of Cattermole Funeral Home, 360-785-3881.
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