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Mayor Callaway Remembers Hillsboro Resident Bonnie Kooken

by Mayor Steve Callaway

Post Date:02/07/2018 12:43 pm
Bonnie_MayorCallaway_natureparkopening2Our community lost one of its champions this month with the unexpected passing of Bonnie Kooken. A resident of Hillsboro’s Old Orenco neighborhood for more than 50 years, Bonnie was a charter member and current chair of the City of Hillsboro’s Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee.

As president of the Orenco Neighborhood Organization and a board member of the Hillsboro Historical Society, she fought tirelessly for the history and character of her neighborhood and the city she loved.

Every Hillsboro resident benefits from Bonnie's influence and community-building efforts. Driven by her commitment to preserving the land that is home to Orenco Woods Nature Park, Bonnie and her neighbors helped save the historic property for the entire Hillsboro community to enjoy. Anytime we walk through the park, we will experience Bonnie saying hello to us.

Her tenacity helped secure landmark status for the Oregon Heritage Elms that frame the streets of Old Orenco. More recently, she had directed her energy toward ensuring their safe maintenance.

Bonnie’s legacy of dedication and fierce advocacy pale only in comparison to her sweetness, colorful style, and gentle charm. I heard someone refer to her as the "queen of Orenco." I don't think anyone would dispute that.

We are all richer for her having lived and served in our community.
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