Benita Helen Egan (Bonnie), 76, of Newport Beach, departed this life on February 2, 2011 after a long illness.
Bonnie was born on September 27, 1934 in Brainerd, Minnesota. Her mother Helen Quinlen was widowed early by the loss of her father Clinton Quinlen during World War II in the Philippines, and moved Bonnie and her twin siblings Dennis and John to California following her high school graduation in 1952. She attended Los Angeles County Nursing School, graduating with the class of 1957, and was employed as a medical ward charge nurse at the same hospital. There she met and later married her husband J Robert Egan MD on February 9, 1959. After his medical training, the family moved to the Newport Beach area, where she resided until her recent passing. Bonnie devoted her life to home management, child rearing and community activity with the National Federation of Republican Women, National Charity League, The Humane Society and the Newport Beach Parent-Teacher Association. Her hobbies included investing independently and with two investment clubs, walking, bicycle riding, fishing (even Marlin), traveling, reading, and beating television contestants on Jeopardy. Beyond these pursuits, Bonnie found passion in life through her children, grandchildren, friends, bridge-playing groups, and her many much-loved pets.