Althea "Thea" Bonura Follins passed away at midnight on June 25, 2008, at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Fla., following a lengthy and valiant battle with breast cancer. Her husband and family were at her side.
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Thea was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Charles Bonura in 2001; parents, Elsie and Kendal "Bally" Woods; and older brother, William Woods.
She is survived by her husband, Phillip Follins; sister, Francie (Richard) Hall of Shelburne Falls, Mass.; brother, David (Diane) Woods of Palm City, Fla.; nephews, Nigel Woods of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Charles Hollien of Portland, Maine; stepdaughters, Cassidy Follins of Chicago, Ellen Watson of Brewster, N.Y., and Trish (Mark) Peters of Cortez, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.
Thea was born Aug. 14, 1941, in Shelburne Falls, Mass.
In 1976 she married Dr. Charles Bonura, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., surgeon. After several years of commuting to their vacation home, the couple moved to Montana in 1991, first to Big Sky then to their dream home/ranch in Gallatin Gateway.
Thea will be remembered for her vibrant personality, her compassion for others – and her ultimate toughness and bravery in her lengthy fight, against all odds, of this deadly disease. Her legacy: Never give in. Do not succumb to the prognosis. Continue to fight – with dignity, grace, and above all, with humor.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at Trinity Church in Shelburne Falls, Mass.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 3, 2008