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Bonnie Bea Wade

Nov. 14, 1925 - May 18, 1999

CORVALLIS - Former Corvallis resident Bonnie Bea Wade, 73, of Aumsville died of cancer Tuesday.

She was born in Vallejo, Calif., and graduated from high school in Fresno, Calif. She served in the WAVEs during World War II and was discharged from the Navy as an apprentice seaman.

She married John Howard Jan 17, 1946, and they divorced in 1965. She married Frank Wade in 1968 in Corvallis and they divorced in 1972.

Mrs. Wade had lived in Corvallis before moving to Salem. She worked as a custodian, including for Willamette University, and retired in 1988.

She belonged to the United Methodist Church in Salem, was director of West Coast Net, a ham radio slow speed net, and a member of the Radio Relay League and Marion County Amateur Radio Emergency Services. A past Girl Scout leader she was instrumental in starting Girl Scouts on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

She enjoyed pets and liked working crossword puzzles and reading science fiction and historical novels. She liked to watch tennis and stock car races, and recently was a computer enthusiast.

Surviving are son William Howard of Albany; daughter LoisMae Howard of Port Angeles, Wash., and Bonnie D. Hall of Jefferson; sisters Elaine Baker and Julie Herndon, both of Clovis, Calif.; twin brother David Nicholson of Clovis, Calif.; and granddaughters Bonnie J. and Rachel Hall, both of Jefferson.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1320 Liberty St., Salem. Howell-Edwards-Doerksen Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Contributions in Mrs. Wade's memory may be made to the SafeHaven Humane Society in Albany.

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