Recycling Columnist Bonita Davis Passes Away

Bonita Joy Davis, age 68, passed away in Portland on September 22, 2022. Born in Owensboro, KY on Christmas Day 1953 to Edith Maxine Davis (Hudson) and John Robert Davis, she was the eldest of four. 

Bonita grew up in southern Indiana and attended Bloomington High School. After receiving her diploma in 1971, she attended Indiana University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation in 1975.  

She was nationally credentialed as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, a member and board president of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Society, and a board member of the National Parks and Recreation Society. She worked with developmentally disabled and incarcerated persons at the beginning of her career, but shifted her focus to veterans and spent decades working at the VA in Portland until her retirement.

Bonita  was an enthusiast of both art and cultural histories. She traveled the world, living for a while in Spain, teaching English. She traveled the US, traversing it solo twice, camping in her tent, visiting as many state and  national parks as she could. When traveling she engaged with art and people, taking photos and making friends all over the world.

Bonita respected nature and natural resources and worked with many agencies in Oregon to improve mass transit infrastructure, roadways for biking and recycling efforts for all sectors. She was involved with the Association of Oregon Recyclers and became a certified Master Recycler in 2013, being the third person to complete 1,000 volunteer hours in the program.  She  wrote a recycling tips column for The Southeast Examiner for several years. Following retirement from the VA, she volunteered as a docent at Multnomah Falls.

She loved her companion animals and frequently one of her beloved cats or dogs was the subject of her photographs and paintings. Bonita was a painter and knitter who showed and sold her work. A member of the Cascade Blues Association, she rarely missed a chance to dance. She was always up for fun and threw fantastic parties. Bonita was a beloved storyteller and known by her friends as a positive person who was quick to laugh.

She is survived by her father, John Davis, and her brother Tim Davis, both of Bloomington, IN, by her sisters Kimberly Davis of Bellingham, WA and Christy Davis of Silverton, OR. She is preceded in death by her mother.

Memorial donations for Bonita can be made to the  National Parks Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Friends of Multnomah Falls.

Read Bonita’s Recycling Tips column.

Recycling Columnist Bonita Davis Passes Away

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