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On the asthma bitter cold night of Jan. 20, 1914, a man placed his pregnant wife on a sled and pulled her across a frozen Lake Coeur d'Alene to the city of Harrison, Idaho.
He was 50 years old, and this was his first child.
He was determined to make it to the hospital. 23, Bonita Thompson came into the world. Within weeks, a flu epidemic hit the community and, of the 18 infants in the area, only two survived.
For the rest of her life, until she children passed away on Sept. 13, 2003 at the age of 89, Bonita Ahern believed she had been selected to survive, marked for a special purpose.
She believed that purpose was to care for children. "She carried the why of this and examined it son Max Ahern said. "It molded her spirituality because she thought 'God put me here and let me live for some reason.
Ahern grew up in the town of Harrison.
In 1933, she married Kenneth Ahern.
He worked in the office of the road-building contractor asthma who was putting a new road through town. Four childrentwo boys, Roger and Max, and two girls, Susan and Janetwere born as the family followed Kenneth's job around the Northwest. In 1944, they settled in Spokane.