Obituary: Melissa (Missy) Bonaker |

Obituary: Melissa (Missy) Bonaker

Melissa (Missy) Bonaker
Melissa (Missy) Bonaker
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– December 4, 2021

Melissa Sue Bonaker née Stevenson (Missy) passed away the morning of December 4th, 2021 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Missy was born in Buffalo, New York in April 1949, the second of four children to Lawrence (Steve) and Patty (Pat) Stevenson.

In 1979, Missy moved to Craig with her husband Jack to start a CPA accounting firm. Missy worked tirelessly for the community. Among many projects she worked on was the conversion of the church on the corner of 6th and Yampa into the Center of Craig, a community art center. She was very involved in the Craig Sea Sharks swim team, officiating and running results for numerous meets. She was on the regional hospital board and was instrumental in the construction of the new Memorial Regional Hospital in Craig. She also served on the Craig Chamber of Commerce. She was generous with both her time and energy.

She took over the accounting business following Jack’s death in 2004, running the firm until 2017 when she sold the business and moved to Arvada, Colorado to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She found great joy in her retirement; single-handedly feeding every bird (and squirrel) who happened by her backyard and spoiling her grandkids with massive amounts of ice cream and sprite.

She is survived by her son Chad (Alice Louise), daughter Paige (David), honorary son Jay Mallatt (Rebecca), her four grandchildren: Jack, Robin, Clara, and Zoey, and her two sisters: Penny and Nici. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jack, and her brother Jeff.

Plans for remembrance are pending. Memorial donations can be made in her name to a local art center or swim team.

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