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Bonnie L. Muir


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Bonnie L. Muir Obituary
Bonnie L. Muir, 97
SOUTH PORTLAND - Bonnie Lavon Yoder Muir passed away peacefully on Oct. 19, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. She was born on Aug. 18, 1918, in Goshen, Ind., to Hazel and George Yoder, both of Goshen. Her brother Phillip, a sister Audre, and a twin sister Betty predeceased her.
Bonnie married Thomas Muir in 1943 in New York City, after which they settled in Goshen, Ind., to raise a family. She worked as a clerk in Goshen Town Hall. They had a daughter Betsy Jane, and a son Joseph Fitch. After the death of her husband and birth of her grandson she moved to Maine to live with her beloved son and his little family.
Bonnie was a treasured presence at 1 Mitchell Road in South Portland. Dubbed "Rah Rah" by her one-year-old grandson Gabriel T. Muir, Bonnie nurtured him to a fine young man of 15 . Her son Joe put his considerable wit to work making her laugh and she was always delighted by his humor. She endeared herself, surprised, and bonded with her daughter-in-law Vickie Goushaw by watching "The Sopranos" with her immediately after moving in. Her daughter Betsy and son-in-law Michael Kastro visited frequently from Indiana, filling the house and heart. Bonnie was a keen observer of human nature and was proud of her children's generous hearts and many accomplishments. She enjoyed spending time with Vickie's mom Gail Leduc, sister Lynn Gougeon and Lynn's sons Ian and Jordan. Holidays will be great memories for all.
Bonnie was an accomplished woman. A college graduate, she lived with her twin sister in New York City's Greenwich Village where she met Thomas. They were intimate friends with great artists including Berenice Abbott and Patricia Highsmith. In her 80s Bonnie met and traveled the world with Peter Weston Webb. She was an avid reader and we estimate she must have checked out every book in the South Portland Library in the 14 years she lived here. She loved a variety of literature, crossword puzzles, and watching real trials on court television. With a fine sense of humor, she enjoyed watching cutting edge comedy with her kids. She loved to help and was always willing to extend a helping hand when she saw a need. We will miss her dearly.
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2015
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