Bonita Spence passes away....

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  1. pap49cba

    pap49cba The Supreme Linkster

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  2. ScarlettB

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    I couldn't help but think of Clockgate whenever I saw Bonita, but she really seemed to enjoy refing the games she worked. RIP.
     
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    KnightBridgeAZ Grand Canyon Knight

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    If so, very sad. I know a lot didn't care for her, but I always thought she was a straight shooter. Called them the way she saw them.
     
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    I am sorry to hear of her passing. Personally I did not care for her as a ref.... but it is sad to hear she passed away.
     
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    I thought she had stepped up her officiating over the last 5-8 years and had become one of the better officials.

    Very sorry to hear of her death.
     
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    So sorry to hear of her passing...way too young to be gone...
     
  7. Phil

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    Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. I got a chance to chat with her in St. Thomas, and I came away thinking much more highly of her than I had before.
     
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    I just heard this on my drive home from work and gasped out loud in shock. I was one of the most critical of her as a ref. But it is easy to be critical of someone doing a job that you wouldn't have a hope of doing a fraction as well. I am sure she gave it her all every time out on the court.

    Far too young to have passed on. R.I.P. bonnie Bonita.
     
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    Geno, classy as ever... I was pretty vocal at times regarding some of her bad calls but her good ones out paced her bad ones by a mile. Probably up there blowing her celestrial whistle...God Bless Bonita and her family.
     
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    Nice tweets from numerous WBB folks, including Mike Carey among others.

    The most telling - from Sharnee Zoll - commented that Bonita "always let me mess with her without a T" and I think was the person called her a sweet lady.

    A bit disappointed that Bonita's passing has yet to be noted on ESPN's WBB page.
     
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    Sorry to hear. Wonder what happened? Unless I've missed something the past year?
     
  13. Kevin G

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    God Bless Bonita! RIP
     
  14. pap49cba

    pap49cba The Supreme Linkster

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    Bit of a mystery. According to Mel Greenberg, no one seems to know the cause of death.

    LINK
     
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    Nice write up by Greenberg though.
     
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    RIP and may the Good Lord bring you home...
     
  17. Artifact

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    As a person, I have never wished anything negative, personally, against Bonita. But, as a woman's basketball referee, I had deep reservations about some of her 'calls'. Please, God forgive me & may He call her into his "Eternal Reward'.
     
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    That is just so sad. I agree with Ice - I also thought her officiating had improved over the years. Prayers to her family and friends...
     
  19. RoyDodger

    RoyDodger Retired in the Southwest

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    She was only 51 and there is still no explanation for her death at such a relatively young age.

    This appears to be the most recent article on her passing: from the Chicago Sun-Times.
     
  20. Fiftyish

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    Very sad news. Much too young for a women that appeared healthy enough to ref women's professional BB.
     
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