Bonita (Brown) Williams
March 16, 1950 – August 23, 2018
Age 68 Seattlite, and former long-time resident of Juneau, Alaska, Bonita passed away peacefully with family by her side.
Bonita was born in Seattle, WA and graduated from Mountlake Terrace Senior High. Prior to moving to Juneau in the mid 70’s, Bonita worked in the purchasing department of the Seattle Public Library. After moving to Alaska, Bonita worked at Sealaska Corporation in the finance department for a number of years, followed by becoming the Finance Director at Association of Alaska School Boards in Juneau from where she retired. Upon retirement Bonita and husband, Tom Williams, moved to Seattle.
Bonita married Tom Williams, the love of her life on July 2, 1994, at Adlersheim Lodge on the shores of Lynn Canal, north of Juneau. Although Bonita had health challenges throughout her life, she successfully resisted the notion that it defined her life. She preferred to focus on being good at her job and on nurturing enduring friendships, and gathering and creating her loving family, some of whom shared her DNA, and many who did not. Bonita loved gardening and making things grow, and she enjoyed reading. She was community-minded and was an advocate for social and environmental issues. She loved dogs and enjoyed spending time with her favorite dogs, Teka and Sophie.
Bonita was preceded in death by her father (Kenneth Glenn) and mother (Martha Rowland). She will be missed by her husband, Tom, sisters Sandy Carter (Mike Anderson) and Kim Guzzetti (David Guzzetti), cousins, her god- daughter in Oregon, and numerous loved ones whose lives were eternally changed for the better by having met her. A Seattle celebration of life will be held in the area on a date to be determined. A celebration of life will also be held in Juneau, Alaska, on a date to be determined in the spring, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to one of the following organizations: FOW-USA (Friends of OstomatesWorldwide); Seattle Local NPR – KUOW & Juneau Local NPR - KTOO; Seattle Public TV – KCTS, & Juneau Public TV - KAKM; Planned Parenthood; your local animal shelter. The Co-op for the Peoples Memorial Association hosts a website you may visit and post your memories of Bonita. (http://funerals.coop/obituaries/bonita-brown-williams.html)
So sorry to hear of Bonitas passing....I understand there may be a life celebration in Juneau this spring. I would attend if that were acceptable. Will this information be available? I wish you comfort, solace and the best memories of your time together. Bonita was a special rare kind of lady, one of the best friends I've been privileged to have in my life. I regret I've found out too late to have honored her as she deserved.
- Howard Gile
Dear Tom, I will always remember your wedding, marriage to, & love you gave my dear friend Bonita. She was definitely one of the kindest & loving souls; I am fortunate to have been in her life. I will miss her always. Because of her, I am able to count you as one of my good friends. Much love, marilyn