Our beloved mother Bonnie Marjorie McCaughan Northan passed away peacefully with her son Michael Northan by her side on Monday, November 26, 2012, at 4:55 p.m. in Reno, Nevada. Her unfailing sense of humor and love from family and friends helped her through a long battle with Parkinsons and cancer.
Bonnie, daughter of Edward Pitzer McCaughan and Marjorie Evelyn Roof McCaughan, was born in Oakland, California, on September 16, 1941, and spent most of her life on a peach and walnut ranch in Gridley, California. She received a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a teaching credential from Chico State University. She taught elementary school for more than a decade in the Bay Area and Reno before returning to Gridley and eventually taking over the family ranch and her mother’s bookkeeping service.
Bonnie was a generous, loyal, life-long friend to many in the Gridley community, where she was an energetic force in a variety of civic organizations such as Quota Club, Beta Sigma Phi, Tiny Tots, the PTA, Boy Scouts, soccer and any activity involving her sons. She loved trout fishing, baking, Frank Sinatra, and decorating the house for the holidays with an extensive collection of nativity scenes from her travels in Mexico and Europe.
She is survived and greatly missed by her sons Michael Gordon Northan and Brian Edward Northan, their father Gordon Northan, daughters-in-law Corrie Zam Northan and Amanda Johnson Northan, grandsons Caige and Greyson, brother Edward J. McCaughan and his partner John Kaine.
A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Gridley on Saturday, December 22, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a celebration of her life at the Moose Lodge in Gridley.