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Bonny Isabelle Maphet, age 86, passed away peacefully at her home on November 3, 2021. Bonny was born to Ernest and Myrtle Pruitt on November 26, 1934, in Grants Pass, OR. The youngest of four, she learned early on how to hold her own. Eventually, becoming the best shot in the family, she followed in her mother’s footsteps as an avid hunter who knew her way around a rifle, as well as a shotgun. She was always active and as a youth enjoyed tumbling and track. Bonny was a dancing queen and loved to cut a rug. She met her forever sweetheart, Max Maphet, dancing at a party, and he knew he had found the one. To say they were the masters of the jitterbug would be an understatement. Knowing they had found the love of their life, they soon married on December 28,1954.
Bonny worked at the family store in Murphy until she began her employment at the Josephine Co. Assessor’s office, where she eventually retired. Bonny and Max were valued members of the community always willing to lend a hand and giving generously. They enjoyed their time with the Josephine Co. Sheriff’s Mounted Posse and at the Grants Pass Country Club. Traveling with her favorite guy, she journeyed across the U.S. and into Central and South America. Whether climbing Machu Pichu, golfing in Bermuda, floating down the Amazon, or playing with penguins in Patagonia, they cherished every adventure together.
She was always on the move, and even with family telling her to sit and relax, she always ensured that everyone was taken care of and was quite the hostess and cook. Bonny loved the great outdoors whether it was walking the trails near their home, relaxing by the fire, birdwatching, or just appreciating the wildlife that would visit. A special place in her heart was the wilderness Elk Camp in Idaho, where she was the camp cook, but don’t be fooled with her hunting skills she could keep up with the best of them.
Her beauty shined from the inside out and she lived her life with strength, humor, and dignity which she carried into her final moments. Her memory will be cherished and kept alive by her daughter Mindi Boyden (Allen), son Cecil J Maphet (Julie), two grandchildren Allie Fahsholz (Aaron) & Andy Maphet (Molly), and three great grandchildren Peyton & Olivia Maphet, and Quinn Fahsholz. Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those who were lucky enough to know and love her.
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