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Bernice Kelley Orona

Profile Updated: June 20, 2012
Mailing address: Belfair, WA USA
Spouse/Partner: Jose Orona, married since 1965
Children/Grandchildren: Son Christopher age 48, lives in Texas
Daughter Charisse, age 48, lives in Calif.
Daughter Teresa, More…age 47, lives in Puyallup
Daughter Lisa, age 45, lives in Bremerton
Daughter Josette age 44, lives in Calif.
Daughter Angelique age 43, lives in Hoodsport
Matthew, Kelli, Ashley, Kristina Jillian, Kyleigh, Jonathan, Caleb, Destinee, Danielle, Darah Jo, Deven, Ben, Jake, Jazymn, Eric (passed away) Martina, Clara, Anthony.
Great Grandchildren:
Prestyn, 3 yrs, Landyn, 2 yrs, Cohen James, newborn.
Post F P education & employment:

I finished Beauty School--2000 hours. I worked several years as a beautician. Raised my family. My husband and I had a cleaning company and a fruit stand in Belfair, Wash. for many years. A Jack Of All Trades & Master Of None.

Fondest memory of your years at F P:

I enjoyed singing in the talent shows. It was fun and embarassing too. I did win 2nd place in the eleventh grade.
Other fond memories: Girls Club, VCY, class assemblies, watching the football players practice, trying to stay dry in the breezeways, the crowded hallways, the kids, the noise, the smiles, class dances friends who I miss. Our class leaders were great.

Who was your favorite F P teacher, and why?

Ron Smith, music. He was encouraging to me. I was a 2nd soprano. He said since I had a talent and wanted to sing I should pursue taking voice lessons. I was in chorus and I would have loved to be in choir. Also I thought Mr. Schimke was pretty great. He taught drivers ed & US History. I was in both of his classes. What a patient guy. Amazing individual.

Where else have you lived since graduation?

My husband and I lived in Cabo San Lucas Mexico for 6 months. It was quite an adventure, hot and beautiful. But home is where your heart is, and for me that's Wash. State.

Travels, special interests or hobbies:

I enjoy painting, cooking and family.
I'm trying to write a novel about my life, including a glimpse of Big-foot.

What makes you happy:

I like the ocean; taking walks; light hiking; photography; pictures of nature. My Grandsons, playing guitars and singing.
I've learned to think for myself. Have positive self-talks. Make creative choices. Be a loving and accepting friend. Honoring your past, present, and potential.
I'm still learning everyday. We all come from different neighborhoods and different kinds of lifestyles. High School is a big deal and a great opportunity. A fantastic achievement. Good teachers make a difference to impressionable young people. I graduated with a C- average. Sometimes I felt pretty broken. But we are still here and today celebrating 50 wonderful years of life; congrats to all!

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