Bonnie Lynn McGinnis
It is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing of Bonnie Lynn McGinnis (nee Hennig) of Athabasca County, AB. Bonnie died July 3, 2019, after a short but harrowing fight against lung cancer.
Bonnie was born on August 25, 1953, and grew up near Stony Plain, AB. She married the love of her life, Jerry McGinnis, on April 8, 1972, and had two children, Mathew and Jessica.
She worked as a hairstylist, a playschool teacher, and many years at Indigenous and Northern Affairs. In 1994 Bonnie and Jerry moved to Calling Lake, AB where Bonnie first worked for Economic Development; and then decided she needed a new challenge and joined the Volunteer Fire Department. That decision quickly transitioned to her attending Portage College to be an EMT and spending many more years caring for the community and finally back at Portage teaching future EMTs.
The best years of her life were spent building Jerry and Bonnie’s Small Horse Ranch and Saskatoon U-Pick, fishing, watching the horse races, and making wine and quilts for everyone in her world. Her three great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Søren, and Alarah were the biggest light of her life and filled her last years with immeasurable smiles and love.
Bonnie is survived by her husband, Jerry McGinnis; daughter, Jessica McGinnis; daughter-in-law, Delma Johnson; grandchildren, Damian Johnson (Christine), Morgan Johnson (Lydia), Mason Johnson, Avery Johnson (Cheyanne), and Savannah Johnson (Robin), great-grandchildren, Nicholas Johnson, Søren Westby, and Alarah Johnson; sister, Elaine Boychuk (Robert); brother, Wayne Hennig; many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family; KC and the horses; and her best friend of 16 years, Miss Mollie. She is predeceased by her beloved son, Mathew McGinnis; and parents, Edward and Friedelin Hennig.
There will be a celebration of Bonnie’s life held on her birthday, August 25, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the Calling Lake Rec Centre in Calling Lake, AB. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bonnie’s name may be made to the Stollery Children's Hospital.