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Bonnie Whitby

Bonnie Whitby

Thursday, July 22nd, 1920 Saturday, September 7th, 2019

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Obituary for Bonnie Irene Whitby (Watkins)

Whitby, Bonnie I. (Watkins), age 99, of Bellbrook, passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Hospice of Dayton.
She was born July 22, 1920 to Dollie Watkins (Proffitt) and Arthur Watkins. Bonnie married Ned Willis Whitby on Feb. 7, 1946. Together they had four children, and Bonnie whistled while she worked in the home; gardening, canning, homecooked meals that always ended with dessert, and making quilts and clothes for every occasion. She never let the kids win at checkers, imparting the sage wisdom that they "need to learn how to lose."

The family attended church whenever the doors were open at Belleview Baptist, now called First Baptist Church in Bellbrook, where Bonnie taught Sunday School for many years. In their later years, Bonnie and Ned were members of The Grange in Bellbrook as well as the Senior Citizens of Bellbrook. They also started a tradition for family camping in the backyard once a year, with all the kids and grandkids, that involved campfire games and scavenger hunts.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and daughter Patricia Ann (Whitby) Robinson. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Ned; son Allen Whitby (Shirley), daughters Sheila Saunders (John) and Betty Quakenbush (Sherman), 5 grandchildren Ryan (Chelsea), Ashlie (Michael), Amanda, Michael, Allison (AJ), and 8 great-grandchildren.

To help the family celebrate her life, you are invited to share during her visitation at Conner and Koch Life Celebration Home (92 W Franklin St., Bellbrook) from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Life Celebration Services will be held after the visitation at 1pm, with burial to follow at Bellbrook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Dayton (324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45420). You are welcome to send a condolence, plant a tree and share a story or picture about Bonnie at www.ConnerAndKoch.com, by clicking on her name.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home
    92 W Franklin St
    Bellbrook, Ohio
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
    11:00am - 1:00pm
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Dayton (324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45420).
  • Life Celebration Service

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home
    92 W Franklin St
    Bellbrook, Ohio
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
    Jim Gifford
  • Interment

    Bellbrook Cemetery
    3939 Upper Bellbrook Rd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |

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Ashlie Sprague

Grandma has always been such an important person in my life. From the beginning we were super close and that bond continued as I grew up, went away to college, got married and even had kids. I am so blessed that she was able to have a beautiful relationship with my kiddos as well. I will miss grandma everyday.
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Shawna Martinez

Good thoughts and prayers to all of the family. Bonnie always made me smile at the family functions we attended. I always looked forward to seeing her and Ned.
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Lena Watkins

I remember when I was kid and there were family reunions, Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Ned were just the kindest, sweetest people. I'm so sorry for your loss.
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With love and hugs, Dennis, Alice , Wyatt & Jonathan Whitby and David, Norma Jean & Jennifer Gibson
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