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Beryl “Bonnie” Still Pendleton, 94, passed away peacefully in hospice care surrounded by her three adult children on January 31, 2023, in Tega Cay, SC. She lived a life full of love and rich experiences shared with her husband, William Douglas (Doug) Pendleton, who preceded her in death in 2018 after 66 years of marriage.
She was born June 19, 1928, in Santa Monica, CA. She was raised by her father who was a skilled carpenter working in southern California. She first married a WW2 Marine aviator, Joseph Pichea, who was killed in a car/train wreck, but not before he fathered Bonnie’s first child, Sherrie Lee Pichea. She subsequently married Doug Pendleton, and Bonnie had two more children, Michael Douglas Pendleton, and Deborah Diane Pendleton.
In addition to being a full-time mother and wife, Bonnie was trained by two Japanese practitioners in the art of healing using acupressure. She pioneered its use in the United States as a skilled therapist, teacher, lecturer, and author. With a partner she trained, Betty Mehling, she wrote a one-of-a-kind self-help book, Relax! with Self-Therap/Ease.
Her loving family includes two surviving daughters, Sherrie (Pichea) Williams of Albuquerque, NM; Deborah (Pendleton) Roud of Fillmore, CA; and son, Michael Douglas Pendleton of Tega Cay, SC. Her family also includes six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several others who considered her as such.
A memorial service, conducted by Pastor Steve Stucker, a family friend, will be held for friends and family at El Patron Restaurant, 10551 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 on March 24, 2023, at 6:30 PM. Food and refreshments will follow.
Please send all flowers to El Patron on the day of the event.
Beryl “Bonnie” Pendleton will be interned adjacent to her husband, Doug Pendleton, at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, CA at a later date.
Donations in Bonnie's honor can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of New Mexico.
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