This afternoon at around 1PM Bonnie Johnson Shurman died of her third heart attack at Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport NC. It appears that her Acute Myelogenous Leukemia may have returned: Bonnie's white blood count had plummeted from 17 to a dismally low of 1.8 in a few weeks. Normal numbers for a White Blood Count are 4 - 8.
Bonnie appeared to have about 1 year to live, for the last 9 years. She never asked "why me?" nor prayed for her life to be spared. Bonnie learned from her conditions and prayed for wisdom and compassion.
Bonnie’s focus in the last decade of her life was to be a wellspring to her grandchildren and children and to be of service to the people in her church.
Bonnie was concerned and passionate about helping people with Chronic and Fatal Illnesses take practical, fundamental steps. She helped people do ontological reconstructions of Life to discover meaning in their lives.
She liked to sit with people in rockers overlooking the ocean, sharing tea and talking about God. Bonnie called this kind of spiritual direction, spiritual companionship. Bonnie would be touched if you considered God your special Friend and communion with your Friend as "just what there is to do now".
Bonnie's memorial celebration of Life will be on Friday 10 June at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Southport NC at 2 PM. A memorial service will be held in Palo Alto later in June, details to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Heifer Project and give families sources of their own food and clothing or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and give people like Bonnie another chance at Life.
Daniel is doing remarkably well. I find I am relieved that Bonnie is not suffering any pain now. And I already miss her laughter.
Thank you for your friendship over the years.
/Daniel for BanD