Bonnie Martinson Bonnie Martinson Brainard

Bonnie Martinson

Mailing Address:

     815 Alturas Drive
     Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208 882-8118
Bonnie Martinson Brainard
Spouse: Mark C. Brainard


     One daughter who is married and has two daughters

Hi all,

Looking back, 40 years later...what can I say..."life is good." While in college, I found my two passions, Mark (husband of 35 years) and my love of design. Today they continue to be the joys of my life, along with my daughter and son-in-law.

From 1971 to 1985 we lived in Seattle, Laurel, Maryland, Spokane, Lewiston, and finally came full circle, endging up in Moscow again. Our daughter joined us in Spokane in 1978. She has added much joy and many new dimensions to our lives; and now lives with her husband in the city where we began our journey.

My career path has allowed me to do a little of this and a lot of that. I started out in a PR firm in Seattle and ended up at the U of I Bookstore, with various design and sales jobs in between. On returning to Moscow, I began work on my Master's Degree, but eventually became a gradute-school dropout, completing everything but my thesis. A lesson in what not to do! But by far my most joyful and significant job was raising my daughter. The pay was poor, but we had such a good time!

My optimism wavered a bit in April of 1996 when I received a diagnosis that turned my life upside down. My constant companion for the past nine years has been Parkinson's disease. But in spite of it or because of it, I trudge on and am learning to live in the moment.

At present I spend quite a bit of my time at my drawing table creating and sketching whatever catches my fancy. Expression through art media is my therapy. As long as I can continue to sketch, and my family is near, life is good. "Remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." -Unknown

Enjoy, and I'll see you at the reunion.

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