1944 Bonita 2017

Bonita Bell

May 9, 1944 — February 17, 2017

Bonita Cornelia Bell, 72, entered fully into the presence of our Lord on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Glen Burnie, Maryland.  Bonnie, as she was most affectionately called, was born in Easton, Maryland on May 9, 1944 to the Late Russell, Sr. and Blanche Jenkins.

She was educated in the schools of Talbot County.  Bonnie was known as the best majorette at Moton School.  She was the forefront of all the local parades.  Following in her mother’s footsteps, most of Bonnie’s life, she did domestic work and cooked to help support her family.  Bonnie was greatly known for making breakfast, cream of crab soup and stuffed cabbage rolls.  Throughout her life, she was employed by Easton Memorial Hospital, H & G Restaurant, RWL Restaurant, The Parker’s, The Gannon’s, and William Hill Manor.

Bonita was a lifetime member of Union Baptist Church.  Her parents made sure that she regularly attended all services.  She was a devoted member of the usher board and the kitchen committee under Gloria Wilson and Nadia Caldwell.  Bonita loved to praise the Lord.  She never hesitated to share her testimony with anyone after she shed a few tears just thinking of all the things God had done in her life.  On the back pew, Bonnie always lifted her hands during worship service, and all could hear her let out a shout of praise.

Her interests were watching the soap operas, cooking, listening to old school music, watching her great- grandchildren, and most of all talking on the telephone.  Bonita called many members of her family daily just to check on them.

Bonita was married to James Bell and from that union five children were born.  She leaves to cherish her memories her children; Kevin Bell, Keith (Deborah) Jenkins, Terrance (Bronta) Bell, Terraine Bell, all of Easton, MD and Dionne Bell, St. Michaels, MD.  Nine grandchildren-Tashieka “Tia” Bell, Tyvane Bell, Kordey Jenkins, Taryn Bell, Latonya “Jady” Bell, Tristen Bell, Tynisha Bell, Allegra Brooks, and Zane Bell.  Five great-grandchildren-Zy’Ae Bell, Jurnee Jones, Javion Jones, Tyvane Bell, Jr., and Ahmiya Bell.  Five brothers and sisters-Ellice Roberts, Russell (Dorothy) Jenkins, Jr., Nadia (James) Caldwell, James (Nancy) Jenkins, and Sharon (Rodney) Jenkins-Truxon and one sister-in-law-Ruth Jenkins.  Special cousins that were more like siblings-William (Patricia) Cephus, Anna (Donald) Sampson, Denise Cephus, Ida Pritchett and Hattie Newbill. Three special nephews who were always by her side, Darnell Jenkins, Jevon Jenkins and Jarrod Moaney and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who always had contact with her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers William, Robert and Jonathan Jenkins, a brother and sister-in law-Edward Roberts and Pauline Jenkins, a grandson-Terrance Bell, Jr., and a special and devoted friend Eugene Thompson.

She was deeply loved and will be truly missed.


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