Mary Elizabeth Cooke

February 27, 1927 - November 12, 2022

02/27/1927 - 11/12/2022

Mary Elizabeth (Bonnie) Cooke passed away Saturday November 12, 2022  in Virginia Beach, VA at Marian Manor Assisted Living.

Bonnie  was born February 27, 1927 to Joseph and Mary Ann Donnelly in Morristown, NJ.  She was a graduate of the All Souls’ Hospital School of Nursing as one of the last classes of the Cadet Nursing program established during WWII.

Bonnie married John Cooke in 1949.  They were married for 69 years until John’s passing in 2018.  They had four children.  During their lives they lived in many locations – each one was their favorite.  Over the years they both became active members of each church family they joined and the general community as well.   Bonnie never met a stranger and as she departed a community for their next location she added many names to her active list of correspondents. She was a very enthusiastic entertainer who enjoyed bringing people together.

Bonnie was predeceased by her parents Joe and Mae Donnelly, her husband John, and by her brother John (Jack)  Donnelly.

Her survivors include her four children, Patricia (Bob) Bernier, Joseph (Sue) Cooke , Robin (Greg) DeRycke  and John Peter (Cathy) Cooke; her 10 grandchildren Robert Bingham, Scott Bingham, Meaghan Dutton-Blask, Chad Bingham, Timothy Dutton,  Michael Cooke, Sarah Walsh, Matthew Bernier, John Patrick Cooke and Caitlyn Cooke, and 15 great grandchildren.  Additionally she is survived by many loving nieces, nephews , cousins and friends.

A memorial mass is planned for early 2023 and in the spring Bonnie will be inurned in the Alabama State Veterans Cemetery in  Spanish Fort alongside her beloved husband John.

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Mike Melillo
15 minutes ago

Sorry for your loss.

Renee Antieau
37 minutes ago

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I met Bonnie once or twice years ago. She was quite the character. It’s never easy to lose a loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Renee Antieau

Mary Jo Cooke Melloni
2 hours ago

So sorry to hear about the passing of dear aunt Bonnie. She will be remembered as a wonderful woman!