Bonnie Jeanne McGrew, 63

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 23:00

Bonnie Jeanne McGrew died Jan. 19, 2014, after a brief admittance to Alaska Native Medical Center. She was 63.

McGrew was born June 24, 1950, in Wenatchee, Wash., and moved with her family to Alaska in 1961. She was a 1968 graduate of Chugiak High.

In her adult life, she worked with her lifelong friend, Kay Rodriguez, in the insurance field and was a well-respected employee at the UAA bookstore. At the time of her passing, she resided in an assisted-living home in the Jewel Lake area.

“Despite physical and emotional challenges, Bonnie had an optimistic outlook on life and an unshakeable faith in God,” her family wrote. “She was courageous and remained positive to the end. Her friendly manner and quick sense of humor won her friends wherever she went. Bonnie had a loving heart and looked for the good in everyone.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theron and Theodosia (Dee) McGrew; and sister, Rhoda Gwendolyn Hartman.

She is survived by her brother, Theron (Brandie); brother-in-law, Don Hartman; several nieces and nephews from the greater Anchorage area; and devoted family in the Lower 48.

She had a large circle of friends who were very dear to her. The family wishes to thank Dona Hill for her kind and generous support.

“Bonnie leaves behind her closest and dearest ‘sister’ friends, Kristine Whalen and Audra Corcoran,” her family wrote. “Bonnie cherished her Hope family and faithful caregivers, in particular, Mary Garrett, Bobbie Rich, Katie Wadsworth, Kelly Clouser and former caregivers, Bea and Bob (‘mom and dad’) McKissick. Bonnie had a deep love for her pets Scampy, Clyde and two birds, now in Kristine’s loving care.”

The family would like to express their gratitude to the leadership and staff at Hope for their outstanding care and support. Bonnie spent many hours raising money for Hope because of her firm belief in their mission to help people with disabilities “Achieve Their Dreams.”

A celebration of life was held Jan. 25 at the Hope Community Resources auditorium in Anchorage. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made in Bonnie’s name to Hope Community Resources, 540 W. International Airport Rd., Anchorage, AK 99518.

Arrangements were made by Cremation Society of Alaska. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at

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