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03/13/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Bess League Bonday

Elizabeth League Bonday
(12 Aug 1909 - 09 Mar 2019)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
   The sad news seems never far away from us these days.
Bess League Bonday, mother of Margaret Bonday Powell of VA, Gwendolyn Bonday Howe of VA, and Vicki Bonday Goodhart ('63) of VA, and of the late Tom Bonday, passed away in Newport News on Saturday, March 09, 2019 at the age of 109. 

From the Daily Press - 03/13/19:

    Elizabeth League Bonday


NEWPORT NEWS - Elizabeth League Bonday, 109, died on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

She was a longtime resident of Newport News and the Peninsula for 81 years. She was born August 12, 1909 in Baltimore, MD.

She, her husband and two daughters moved to Newport News in 1930, where her husband came to establish and manage the Peninsula News Company.

During WWII she volunteered at the old Buxton Hospital as a Gray Lady, Red Cross volunteers that helped in the war effort. She was active in her community and church. She was a former member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church.

She moved to Blue Ridge Christian Home in her 100th year, near Lexington, VA. Family was a strong force in her life and she maintained close relationships with them near and far.





Mrs. Bonday was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Bonday and her son, Thomas League Bonday.

She is survived by her 3 daughters, Margaret B. Powell (Edwin) of Williamsburg, VA, Gwendolyn B. Howe and Victoria B. McCormick-Goodhart, both of Lexington; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

The family would like to thank Blue Ridge Christian Home for their compassion and loving care shown to their mother.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park. Please enter at the Nettles Drive gate.

Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on March 13, 2019.
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March 13, 2019
To the family and friends of Elizabeth League Bonday, please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I pray that in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories shared. I hope that the promise in John 6:40 can also bring comfort. Knowing that there is a hope for the ones we lost in death can be reassuring.

~ Unsigned

March 13, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May the God of peace comfort you during this. Isaiah 61:1,2


March 13, 2019

My Dear Bonday Family,
I'm so saddened for your loss. Bess was like my second Mother. She helped raise all of us. What a lovely lady.
The Monday Night Bingo Club is now complete in heaven...those ladies are going to have one hell of a reunion! I can hear them now. It makes me smile. Great times, great lady, great life. You will be missed.

~ Cam Yacobi, Tallahassee, Florida

March 13, 2019

~ Barbara Gorcys-Deane, Ocala, Florida

March 13, 2019

Bess has joined our mothers in heaven and I can picture them now organizing "The St. Vincent Mothers Club - Heavenly Branch". Feeling blessed to have grown up knowing such wonderful women and their sons and daughters! Peace and Love.

~ Unsigned
March 13, 2019
Dear Vickie and Family.
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dear Mother, Bess. We grew up next to each other Vickie, and were friends. Your mother was always gracious and welcomed me into your home. I feel so blessed to have known such a wonderful, caring woman. I wish for you and family peace and love.

~ Ann Johnson, Richmond, Virginia

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Bonday's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

  O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Text: Anonymous; trans. by Paul Gerhardt and James W. Alexander
Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1564-1612; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750

1. O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

2. What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

3. What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.

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