Bonnie Jean Shaheen

October 15, 1950 ~ May 14, 2018 (age 67)

Bonnie Shaheen, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away into the arms of her best friend and helper Jesus Christ on May 14, 2018, in Lake City, FL. She was 67 years old. She was surrounded by nearly all of her surviving family for the days before her death. Bonnie was born on October 15, 1950 in Vallejo, CA to Neita (McGavin) Morrison and Clyde Morrison. The family moved to Mooseheart, IL, near Geneva, IL after the death of her father when Bonnie was 12 years old. She graduated from Mooseheart High School in 1969. In 1970, she completed a course in Infant Nursing at The Cradle Society in Evanston, IL.

On October 13, 1973 Bonnie was married to Christopher Shaheen at the home of Stan and Diana Zorc in Evanston, IL. The family lived in Evanston until 1990, when they moved to Lake City FL. where Christopher currently resides. Christopher and Bonnie had 10 children together in Evanston, nine surviving, one deceased. The surviving children are as follows: Nathan, married to Rachel (Cook) Shaheen; Jonathan, married to Heidi (Tyler) Shaheen; Daniel, married to Katherine (Bullock) Shaheen; David, married to Christine (Bullock) Shaheen; Michael; Michelle, married to Nicholas Rimert; Timothy; Joel, married to Elizabeth (Cook) Shaheen; Jennifer, married to Matthew Skowron. Rebecca was born in 1985 and passed away 2 weeks later. There are twenty grandchildren as follows: Nathan: Justin, Julia and Erica; Jonathan: Clayton, Robert, and Trent; Daniel: Derek, Tyra, and Louis; David: Brittany, Troy, and Miley; Michael: Aaron; Michelle: Natalie; Timothy: Chelsea and Chadrick; Joel: Sabrina and Claire; Jennifer: Elle and Addison.

Bonnie is also survived by her siblings: Sandra Franco, Judith Dunn, Linda, Richard Morrison, and Larry Morrison.

Bonnie worked as an infant nurse at Evanston Hospital after completing her training. She was working as a live in caretaker for two young children at the time of her marriage. She briefly worked at the Cradle Society for about three months after her marriage. Six months later her oldest child was born, and she never returned to the workforce after that. Her legacy in life is her family and her calling was to raise them, and that is what she did. For 17 years after their marriage, she and Christopher also pastored an independent church group that met in Evanston, and then later in Northbrook, IL. She has had a deep and lasting impact on the lives of many friends from the church who to this day are still dear friends of the family and a large part of her legacy. She will always be remembered for her selfless love and devotion to her family and her friends.

A private graveside service and burial will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2018, starting with a viewing from 9am to 10am, followed by a burial service at 10am. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at 3pm on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Christian Fellowship Church, 5037 SW County Road 240, Lake City, FL 32024, which will be open to the public.

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