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In memoriam: Bonnie Frum, former Garden of the Gods Visitor Center director

For a presentation at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center in 2009, Bonnie Frum, then its director of operations, portrayed Alice Perkins, the eldest daughter of railroad magnate Charles Elliott Perkins. Alice and other family members carried out his 2007 deathbed wish to donate the property (most of the modern-day Garden) for a city park.
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Bonnie Frum, 70, the operations director at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center from 1997 to her retirement in 2012, passed away April 19.
       A memorial will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m.
       The cause of death was endometrial cancer.
       According to her obituary, Bonnie was born September 2, 1945, in Kingman, Arizona, and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from Arizona College of the Bible in 1967.
       In 1968 she moved to Colorado Springs, where she worked as a Young Life staffer for four years.
       In 1971 Bonnie married Buzz Frum. They had three children and raised two foster children.
       She started with the Visitor & Nature Center in 1994, when it was still being run out of a remodeled private house off Juniper Way Loop. Bonnie helped transition the change to the current facility at 1805 N. 30th St.
       In a "What Do You Do" column for the Westside Pioneer in 2007, Frum said of her job, “It has a lot of variety, I get to work with people all day long. What excites me most is the mission. We've given more than $1.2 million for the preservation of the park [an amount that continues to increase].”
       In the same column, she revealed her sense of humor, regarding the Visitor Center's cafeteria: “If I had a magic wand, I'd like to have 10 qualified cooks. That way, I'd have back-ups for emergencies and vacations.”
       Interviewed by the Pioneer before her 2012 retirement, she commented of her Visitor Center years, “It can get crazy and bizarre with visitors, but it's been great fun too… It's been much more than a job; it's been a passion for me. It's a neat thing to have a job with a sense of a mission.”
       Bonnie's 2007 Westside Pioneer "What Do You Do" column is at this link. The Pioneer's 2012 retirement interview with Bonnie is at this link.

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(Posted 4/24/16; Community: In Memoriam)

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