On the morning of Jan. 1, 2021, Bonnie Hunter Church, 79, of Blacksburg, started the new year in the arms of Jesus, after a long illness.
She was preceded in death by her son, Philip Kent Church; her parents, Murry and Erma Hunter; and brothers Guy “Sox” Hunter and Beverly Hunter. Bonnie leaves behind her husband of 61 years, Charles; a daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Wesley Jarels; and grandsons John Wesley and Jesse Lee Jarels, who were her pride and joy.
Her van tag read Nana 911 – “Nana to the rescue!” Nana’s van took us on many fun adventures to the beach, to Tennessee and many other places. Also, Bonnie leaves behind her cherished furry feline companions, Lexi and Champi.
She was a stay-at-home mom and wonderful homemaker. Bonnie married at 17 and became a mother a year later. She decided to fulfill her dream of earning a degree when her daughter started college. She earned her BS degree from ODU at age 56.
Bonnie was a prayer warrior and loved her church and church family. She played the piano and organ in different churches since she was 13. Her oldest grandson, John Wesley, said it perfectly: “You were the strongest woman I knew.”
The family is thankful for the support of many friends and important people, her caregiver and friend, Dee Woolwine, Dr. Freeman and staff, Dr. Myers, and Dr. Goldschmidt, Hannah and all the wonderful people at Blue Ridge Cancer Care. There will be a memorial at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Faith Christian Church 305 3rd St., Christiansburg, Va. 24073. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home.