Slide1: Bonna Emily Campbell 1929 - 2008 Childhood: Childhood She was born in Penticton in 1929. Bonna Father: Father Her father was a locomotive engineer from Nova Scotia.
He became a trainman on the Kettle Valley Line. John Walter Cockell Mother: Mother
Her mother was a steno with Sydney Mines in Nova Scotia when she met John Cockell.
He was a widower whose first wife had died in the 1918 flu. Emily (Carter) Cockell Big Family (mostly boys): Big Family (mostly boys)
Bonna’s parents had six children. More Brothers!: More Brothers!
She also had three brothers from her father’s first marriage… Such Devoted Sisters: Such Devoted Sisters Lois Daisy And two sisters, as well. Her Sister Lois: Her Sister Lois
“She was a mother, sister, & best friend to me,” said Bonna. Childhood Home: Childhood Home Her father built a home in Penticton. Bonna’s bedroom Happy Childhood: Happy Childhood Slide13: Bonna Slide14: Bonna Slide15: Bonna Slide16: Bonna Warren: Warren Bonna’s brother Warren was three years older. Bonna Slide18: They were good friends. Slide19: “Warren always had a horse,” said Bonna, “One day he asked me to dress up in his chaps like a cowgirl.”
Slide20: When Warren went away to war, he gave her his sweater.
“I was mighty proud of that sweater!” Younger Brothers : Younger Brothers
Her mother said that she was bossy with Howard and Willard. Slide22: “Someone had to keep them in order,” said Bonna. Holidays in Nova Scotia: Holidays in Nova Scotia
In 1932 and 1940, her mother took Bonna and her brothers across Canada on the train to visit relatives back on the farm in Nova Scotia. The Carters Grandpa Carter: Grandpa Carter
Alonzo Carter was a hardworking farmer with a wonderful singing voice. Grandma Carter: Grandma Carter Jenny Carter gave Bonna a little vase when she said good-bye. It broke the day Grandma died. Favourite Hobby: Favourite Hobby
Bonna always loved to sew.
She embroidered this jumper when she was fourteen. Fun With Friends: Fun With Friends Bonna enjoyed riding, biking, boating, and skiing with friends in her teen years. Happy Days in Victoria: Happy Days in Victoria She spent many summers in Victoria with her sister Lois and family. Bonna High School: High School Bonna graduated from Penticton High School. She attended every reunion until this year. Bonna Nursing School: Nursing School
Bonna had to send a photo to apply for Nursing School in Victoria.
Her mother said this one was “too smiley”.
Still Smiling: Still Smiling
So she had another taken. Student Nurse: Student Nurse
She liked nursing, but it was too hard on her health, so Bonna went into the drapery department at Spencers. Sandy Campbell: Sandy Campbell
In 1948, she met Sandy. Engagement Day: Engagement Day They became engaged on November 11, 1948. Wedding: Wedding The wedding was September 1, 1949, at St. Paul’s Church, Esquimalt. Then Came Children: Then Came Children When asked why she had so many children, Bonna said, “I love babies!”
Nancy was the first… Slide39:
then Wendy, Slide40:
and Cathy, Slide41:
next Shirley, Slide42:
and last - Alan. “Good girl, Bonna!” said Sandy. The Campbell Kids: The Campbell Kids They were good kids – most of the time. Grownup Children: Grownup Children They all grew up quickly. Grandchildren: Then came ten grandchildren. Grandchildren Wendy’s Children: Wendy’s Children
Duane Shaun Ryan Cathy’s Children: Cathy’s Children Keith Colin & Keith Nancy’s Children: Nancy’s Children Quentin & Emily Alan’s Children: Alan’s Children Amy Jenny Dawn Great Grandchildren: Great Grandchildren Carson Jenna Slide51: Logan Bonna’s last baby. Big Happy Family: Big Happy Family Celebrating the 50th in Disneyland: Celebrating the 50th in Disneyland Slide54: Bonna wasn’t supposed to do some of the things she did in Disneyland…
like wheeling into the fountain… Slide55: or some of the wilder rides… Bonna Bonna’s Favourite Places: Bonna’s Favourite Places Long Beach Slide57: Fable Cottage Slide58: Mexico Slide59: Butchart Gardens Favourite Times : Favourite Times With grandchildren Time With Brothers: Time With Brothers Slide70:
children Slide72: her mother Time With Sandy: Time With Sandy Slide74: Happy wedding Slide75: Happy parenthood Slide76: Not so happy photo day… Slide77: Happy together Slide78: Happy to be out, even with a tank of oxygen. Slide79: 57th anniversary – still happy after all those years Slide80: Moving into Cathy’s house Slide81: Christmas 2006 Slide82: Christmas, 2007 Hobbies: Hobbies Bonna enjoyed:
Slide84: She enjoyed gardening… Slide85: ...building homes… Slide86:
…planning trips… Slide87: … like 50’s holidays… Slide88: …and 60’s holidays. Slide89: She liked crosswords... Slide90: …making costumes… Slide91: …and visiting friends! Slide92: She enjoyed photography… Slide93: …clocks… Slide94: …sitting on cold beaches… Family History: Family History …and trying to keep up with family history. The Good Life: The Good Life She had a wonderful life.