Barbara Bonnickson passed away at the age of 100 on January 26, 2021. She was a long-time resident of Brentwood, having lived in the same home at 613 Second Street since the age of 2. She was a graduate of the Merritt Hospital Nursing Program in Oakland and served as a Red Cross nurse in World War II. Her greatest contribution to Brentwood was her 20 years of service as the extraordinary school nurse at Liberty High School, known for her compassionate care for students and staff far beyond the expectations of her position, helping many struggling young students, at times even taking them into her home.
Ms. Bonnickson was an exemplary public citizen, serving as a key member of numerous Brentwood community organizations, including the Brentwood City Neighborhood Committee, the Brentwood Park and Recreation Board, the Delta Informal Gardeners and the Brentwood Community United Methodist Church. She also served as the president of the East Contra Costa Historical Society, where she enthusiastically worked toward the restoration of the John Marsh home. She spearheaded the creation of the Brentwood Downtown Park and served on the Advisory Board for the East Bay Regional Parks. She was passionate about preserving nature and the beauty of the hills around Mt. Diablo. She was recognized as the Brentwood Citizen of the Year in 1980.
Barbara is fondly remembered by her extended family and friends for the twinkle in her eye and her outgoing good cheer that lit up any room which she entered, and for her compassion and willingness to help anyone in need. She is survived by her nephew Chris Munn of Brentwood and her filial foster daughter, Victoria U. Jones of Carson City, Nevada.