Jeanette Marie Boner

 

Jeanette Marie Boner passed away on the first day of spring, March 20, 2021 after suffering a stroke. She was born February 7, 1951 in Nashua, Montana, the daughter of Edgar Leon and Barbara Elizabeth Boner. Her father was a high school teacher, and her mother was a nurse; both parents were influential members of the community. She is survived by family members in the United States throughout Montana and California. In Canada, Jeanette had a large group of friends who were her "chosen" family.

Jeanette attended Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Home Economics degree. Always one for adventure, she moved to Unity, Saskatchewan in September 1975 and taught there until 1991 when she accepted a position teaching Home Economics at Kelly Road Secondary. Foods, Tourism and Sewing were her hallmarks. She retired in 2009.

Jeanette was always involved in many school, district and community activities. These included roles at the school and local level of the Prince George District Teachers' Association. Her involvement often included trips to conferences and the BCTF (British Columbia Teachers' Federation) AGM in Vancouver or Victoria. After the workday was done, this provincial travel gave her the opportunity to shop, eat out with friends and find out the latest goings on at the provincial level. Community was important to Jeanette so her memberships in non-work-related benevolent organizations included the PGX, Festival of Trees, Winter Games, Retired Teachers Association and the P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Sisterhood, book clubs, Grandmothers to Grandmothers, and others. She was also involved with Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and enjoyed her time having a "chinwag" with the ladies. She was involved with the food bank and many activities where she could use her talents and expertise.


Jeanette was a generous and helpful person. Her first question whenever there was a gathering of any kind was, "Now what can I bring?" Snacks, especially her favourite baked goods, were usually the answer! Throughout her time and involvement in Prince George and beyond she formed many, many friendships. Her annual Christmas party was legendary. She enjoyed meeting with "The Boys" every Friday at Tim Hortons. Jeanette loved to travel. She went on many trips with many different friends including cruises, trips to Europe, including Italy, France, England, as well as places hot and sunny like the Dominican Republic. She also made annual road trips to Montana with her cat Louis to see her mom, Barbara and to reconnect with Montana folk. After retirement, she enjoyed an annual trip home to watch a football game, see old college friends and reconnect with her US roots. She loved cats and her cat, Louis, was her "Precious." She will be missed by her recent faithful companion, Moki.


She will be greatly missed by her friends in Canada and the US. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeanette's memory to Grandmothers to Grandmothers or to the SPCA - North Cariboo A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, once gatherings are permitted. Please go to the video link for a celebration of Jeanette's life. https://spark.adobe.com/video/RpgakksjHbw77

 

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