Bonnie was born March 6, 1937, in Cottage Grove, Oregon, to Jacob and Elizabeth Raisor, the 14th of 15 children. She grew up outside of Cottage Grove, in a rural area called London on the family homestead. Bonnie entertained her children by telling tales of growing up in the woods with cougars and bears, walking over a mile to the school bus and growing up with so many siblings. She said the high point of growing up was finally moving to a house with running water and indoor plumbing. She graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1955 and married Jim Pynch in August of that year, whom she had known since the second grade. They left Cottage Grove and moved to many areas, including Washington, California, Corvallis and settled in the Dixonville area. They eventually bought land and raised sheep and seven children. She, her children and neighborhood kids spent hours exploring Deer Creek, looking for arrowheads and artifacts. Bonnie knew nothing about sheep but quickly learned. She was an exceptional judge of sheep and applied her knowledge to pigs. She encouraged her children, grandchildren and all of their friends to show their animals in 4-H and FFA. She never missed the Lamb Show or the Douglas County Fair, encouraging everyone and always full of praise for a job well done.
She was active in the community as a 4-H club leader, and election board worker and a volunteer at Deer Creek School. She and Jim loved to entertain and could throw a party for hundreds of people out on the patio. She enjoyed playing slot machines, yard work and keeping a clean house. She always had something freshly baked on the counter.
Family was important to Bonnie and her family grew over the years to include not only her family but the families of people around her. Many children grew up calling her Grandma and she loved the role. She was the favorite aunt, grandmother and friend. Bonnie had a special lifelong friend in Cora Fummerton, with whom she had many an adventure with over the years. She had the best neighbors in the world in Darrell and Linda Sanders and their son Lee.
Bonnie had a very deep faith and tried to put it into practice every day. She said her rosary daily and always had an extra one in her collection for anyone who asked. She was a good listener would dispense her wisdom as needed. Her favorite saying was “God never wastes anything”.
Bonnie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December of 2013 and was started on hospice. Bonnie had her own path and died of a heart attack Monday, February 17, 2014. Her nieces, Margery Hall and Maryann Wakefield dropped everything to come and care for her when she became ill. The family would like to thank Molly and Linda of Hospice who made Bonnie’s remaining days the best that they could be.
Bonnie is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jim Pynch, seven children: Joe and his wife Tammie of Dixonville; Teresa in Washington; Gerald and wife Nancy of Texas; Sandy and husband Randy Sahr of Dixonville; Carla and husband Don Polk, of Roseburg; Jeff and wife Debbie; and Jamey and wife Heidi of Dixonville; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild who arrived this week. Other survivors include her sister Ruth Brown of Elgin, Oregon; over 100 nieces and nephews, and many others who called her Mom, Aunt Bonnie, Grandma, and GG.
Services will be held Saturday March 1, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Roseburg Oregon at 1:00 with a reception to be held at the school. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made in her memory to Casa de Belen, the teen shelter in Roseburg.