Shirley Bonita Nielsen
Friday Harbor resident Shirley Bonita Nielsen, 72, died May 27, 2007, after a long-battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. A service is planned for 2 pm on Saturday, June 2, at Roche Harbor Resort.
Shirley was born December 19, 1934, in Victoria, British Columbia, and adopted by Elsie and George McDonald. She graduated from St Anne's Academy in 1952. Though her father wished her to go into the family business, Shirley was determined to go to college and convinced her parents to allow her to attend Gonzaga University along with her lifelong friend, Margaret Levis. She received a bachelor's degree in business from Gonzaga in 1956. She married Charles Cannon Schmidt on December 31, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. Charles obtained a position as the prosecutor for San Juan County, and the young couple moved to the then small town of Friday Harbor.