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Spencer, Bonnie L.: Walking On

Yakima, Washington

A Mass of Christian Burial was held for BONNIE L. SPENCER, 60, on November 11, at the White Swan High School Gym. Interment followed at the Reservation Community  Memorial Park. Bonnie was born March 8, 1951, in Toppenish, Washington. She passed away November 6, 2011, at the Yakima Regional Medical Center.
   
Bonnie was a descendant of the Yakama Nation and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. She was raised and educated in White Swan, graduating from White Swan High School in 1969. After graduation she went on to beauty school and obtained her cosmetology license. In 1978, she began her 33-plus year career with the Yakama Nation Fire Management. She started out as a lookout and was stationed at the Signal Peak Ranger Station at Sopelia Peak. A couple of years later she was promoted to dispatcher eventually becoming Lead Dispatcher. She traveled throughout the Northwest to serve on different fire assignments on various reservations, coordination centers, and the Portland Area Office. (Yakama Nation Review, November 11, 2011)
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