Bonnie Laura Warren, age 65, passed peacefully on Sept. 1, 2013, in her home in Crescent City, where she was a native and lifetime resident. A career stay-at-home mom, artist and self-professed “gold miner’s daughter,” she loved to dig in the dirt, collect antiques, garden, paint and recycle. She also loved nature, color, art and all things beautiful … but most of all, she loved her children. A private gathering will be held on the Neils Christensen Memorial Bridge, aka “The Slant Bridge,” crossing the Smith River, on Aug. 17, 2014. As flowers are released into the water, we will celebrate her life and the joy that she brought to many a face.
She was simple by nature although quite spiky and was always creating something interesting, whether sculpting, painting or just putting something colorful together. She was interested in community gardening and talk radio during her last few years here with us. Bonnie was responsible for the first recycling program in Crescent City. Additionally, she was proud of holding title of the first mom to singlehandedly organize and facilitate the first gold panning classes for families and children to organize and to learn more about their California heritage, at the local fairgrounds and even onsite at the historic Bienick Mining Claim, her family heritage.
Her father, Harry Lloyd Bienick, was an Honorable Chief, friend to the salt of the earth, a people’s fire chief, as well as a lifetime gold miner and steward of the land, once protecting and preserving over 2,100 acres of the most pristine mining rights and claims in Del Norte County. Some of his artifacts remain at the Del Norte County Historical Society, and a memorial plaque is currently being commissioned to commemorate the Bienick family legacy.
A private day of remembrance honoring her life will be held in her favorite place. She is survived by her sons Michael McCauley of California, Neal Warren of Oregon, her former husband Charles “Chuck” Warren of Klamath, her sisters Melinda Thompson of Crescent City and Debra Woods of Idaho. She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Lloyd Bienick; mother, Phyllis Bienick; and sister Diane Olson, all of Crescent City.
You may sign the virtual memory wall and view Bonnie’s memorial tribute at the following address: http://bonniebienick.webs.com/.