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Gene Michele (Gilpin) Boham

Posted 2019-11-04 by mhenderson
Published in the Daily Miner on Nov. 2, 2019 -
Kingman, Arizona -

Gene Michele Gilpin Bonham passed away at her home in Flagstaff on
Oct. 17 surrounded by her loving family.

Michele was born on Oct. 1, 1947 in Casa Grande, Arizona. In 1950 her
family moved to Kingman, Arizona. She had a very vibrant and active
life in Kingman, starting her education at Happy Corner Kindergarten
and continuing through graduation in 1965 from Mohave County Union
High School. Michele was always very popular and constantly involved
in many activities from performing tap and square dancing as a young
girl to being a varsity cheerleader and Prom and Homecoming Queens in
high school. She was also Worthy Advisory in Rainbow Girls and a
lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Michele married Ray Bonham in 1969 and they celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary earlier this year. After they married, they moved
to Flagstaff, Arizona where, with the exception of a brief move to
Carlsbad, New Mexico, Michele lived the rest of her life with her
loving husband and raised two handsome and successful young men,
Raymond Paul Bonham, Jr. (R.P.) and Ryan Lane Bonham. Michele was a
very loving mother and grandmother and provided an endless amount of

Her career started in 1967 at Valley National Bank in Kingman. After
moving to Flagstaff, she continued her career at the bank and then
worked as a manager at the Northern Arizona University Bookstore for
several years. In 2017, she retired after 31 years as the office
manager at Northern Arizona Dermatology Center. Michele played an
instrumental part in the dermatology center’s growth, and was
extremely proud of her role in helping so many others.

When people met Michele, they had a friend for life, still having many
friends from kindergarten, grade school and high school, plus the
multitude of permanent friends she shared her life with through her
various careers. Her bubbly personality and caring heart also extended
to patients who became friends and friends who became patients.

Michele also generously volunteered her time wherever she lived, most
recently at the Flagstaff Catholic Church gift store and at Catholic

Our beloved Michele is survived by her husband Ray, her sons R.P. and
his wife Sue and sons Brooks and Gage, her son Ryan and his wife
Cheyenne and sons Penn, Lane and Rhys, as well as her brother Keith
Gilpin and his wife Ming and stepdaughter Shiing. She was preceded in
death by her parents, Robert “Bob” Gilpin, Janice Jones Gilpin Finn
and grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to
Northland Hospice & Palliative Care.

All are invited to attend Michele’s services Friday, Nov. 15 at San
Francisco de Asis Roman Catholic Church located at 1600 E. Route 66,
Flagstaff, Arizona. There will be a 9:30 a.m. Rosary and a Mass at
10:30 a.m. The internment of ashes at Calvary Catholic Cemetery will
be reserved for family members only. Memories and condolences can be
shared with family online at

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