Dorothy Bonney


Mrs. Dorothy Marie Hanna Bonney, 79, wife of the late Douglas Gerald Bonney Sr., passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at her home in New Church. A native of Virginia Beach, she was born Aug. 10, 1941, a daughter to the late Mark Hanna Sr. and the late Evelyn Savage Hanna.

Dorothy graduated from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach and later began her career with the department of social services as a child social worker, serving the Tidewater area. In 1967, she and Doug were married and moved to the Eastern Shore in 1972, where they raised their boys, ran a successful contracting business, and became faithful members of Onancock Baptist Church. From the time Dorothy and Doug met, you’d rarely find one without the other. The Bonneys especially enjoyed days spent racing or on the water. Whether they were with their horses at the track, running stock cars at the speedway, or spending the day fishing and crabbing, they were always together and with their boys in tow. Though she will be greatly missed, Dorothy’s family will forever cherish and celebrate her life through the countless memories they shared.

She is survived by her four sons, Blaine K. Bonney and his wife, Martha, of Virginia Beach, Scott Bonney and his wife, Victoria, of Topeka, Kan., Douglas Bonney Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Dothan, Ala., and David Bonney and his wife, Teressa, of New Church; 10 grandchildren, Amber, Kelly, Jacob, Jonathan, James, Blake, Erin, Casey, Raven, and Megan; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Mark Hanna Jr. and Tim Hanna.

A funeral service was held at the Onancock Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, with Pastor Andy Cobb officiating. Interment was in the John W. Taylor Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, P.O. Box 616, Onley, VA 23418, in honor of the exceptional care and compassion Dorothy received.

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Arrangements were by Williams Funeral Homes, Onancock and Parksley.