Trinidad Woman Dies While Paddleboarding on Chetco River

Hank Sims / Monday, April 30, 2012 @ 4:29 p.m. / Obits

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Heather Bonser-Bishop, a 39-year-old nonprofit consultant who split her time between Trinidad and the Oregon Coast, drowned over the weekend after her stand-up paddleboard became entangled with a tree, the Oregonian reports. She was on the river with her 10-year-old daughter at the time.

Bonser-Bishop held an MBA from Humboldt State University and for seven years served as the executive director of the North Coast Clinics Network, the regional group that represents local community health centers. Hermann Spetzler of the Open Door Clinic writes:

Open Door and the North Coast Clinics Network are starting a memorial scholarship fund in honor of Heather Bonser-Bishop for her daughters future education. Should you like to make a contribution please send your checks to:

Heather Bonser-Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o Heather Bonser-Bishop Children
PO BOX 966
Eureka, Ca. 95502

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