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01/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Kitty Grice Bonnett

 Katherine Grice Bonnett
(d. 29 Dec 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 193_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   There is more sad news to report this Tuesday morning.   Katherine Grice Bonnett, Class of 193_  passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, December 29, 2010.

 From the Daily Press - 01/04/11:

                     Katherine Grice Bonnett

    NEWPORT NEWS - Katherine Grice Bonnett "Kitty", as she was affectionately known by all, passed away on December 29, 2010, after a long, hard battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Kitty was born in Wilson, N.C., to Montie and Clarence Grice. Kitty moved to Newport News as a young child. Kitty went to Newport News Public Schools and finished her education at Newport News High School. After high school, Kitty met and fell in love with George Martin Bonnett. Kitty and George later married and had two children, Marty and Robin Bonnett. Even though she was busy raising a family and being a homemaker, Kitty found time to be a secretary with Newport News Public Schools.
Kitty Grice Bonnett
Kitty and George moved to Kitty Hawk, N.C., after her retirement from Menchville High School. They built their new house there, with their five grandchildren excited to help make it a home. After settling in Kitty Hawk, Kitty could be found volunteering her time at Hotline Thrift Store. Kitty called the Outer Banks of North Carolina, in Kitty Hawk, home until her husband George passed away in 2006. She then moved back to Newport News, where she resided until her death.

Kitty was preceded in death by her parents, Montie and Clarence Grice; her beloved husband of 61 years, George; and her brother-in-law, Vincent "Jimmy" D'Errico.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her son, Marty Bonnett of South Carolina; her daughter, Robin McArthur of Hampton; daughter-in-law, Debbie Yaccarino and husband, Steve, of Kitty Hawk.

Boomie, the name given to her by her grandchildren, will be remembered by her five grandchildren, Shea McArthur of Newport News, Brie McArthur of Hampton, Jamie Bonnett and his wife, Laura, of Greensboro, N.C., Tripp McArthur of Newport News, and Ashley Bonnett of Astoria, N.Y. ; and two great-grandchildren, Chesney Ward and Noah Bonnett.

Also left to cherish her memory are her sister, Romaine D'Errico; nieces Cathy Sullivan of Newport News, Lynn and Bob Garrison of Newport News, Sharon and Dexter Lilly of Newport News; great-niece Jessica Lilly; and great-nephew Sam Garrison.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at the Piedmont at Warwick Forrest for all their hard work and dedication to the health and well being of Kitty. The nurses who were with her every day did a wonderful job making connections with her, taking care her, treating her with dignity and most importantly, making her comfortable at the end of her journey. For that, her family is forever grateful.

A memorial service will be held at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home in Newport News, on Wednesday, January 5, at 7 p.m., with Rev. Clarence Hilling officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Alzheimer's research at: , P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011 or by phone at 1-800-272-3900.

Please leave condolences at

Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from January 4 to January 5, 2011.


January 04, 2011

Dear Shea and Robin, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that prayers are going forth for both of you and your family. I know your grandmother and mom is smiling down on her beautiful family and awaiting for a blessed reunion. Take care of each other and let me know if I can do anything for you. Cheryl


January 04, 2011

Robin and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom. I know it has been a long journey for you and I'm hoping that memories of better days will bring you comfort during this time. I know she must be grateful for all that you did to make her last years comfortable.

January 04, 2011

Robin and Marty,
We were sorry to hear about Kitty's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Linda & Jimmy Schroer, Newport News, Virginia

January 04, 2011

To the family,

My God comfort all of you and keep you in his perfect peace. I met "Kitty" when my mom was in the Piedmont unit. (She went to be with the Lord on Dec. 26, 2009). If you ever met Kitty, you loved her. She loved to dance and she had a wonderful and warm smile. Be encouraged.

Della Boothe

January 04, 2011 

Robin and Marty,
I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I remember what a wonderful person she was. Prayers with you and your families.

~ Connie Wiseman Grimes


January 04, 2011

Robin and family---
You're in my prayers. I am terribly saddened by the loss of your mother. I did not know she was ill.
Treasure the good memories of her - she was an awesome lady. May you find peace with God's blessings and comfort.

~ Barbara E Tyner


January 04, 2011

Dear Robin, Marty and Family,
I was so sorry to hear the news about your mom.
So many great memories came back from the 60's and 70's when we were in high school and we hung out at your house. Your mom was loved by everyone who knew her.
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, and her memory will live on in all of us.

January 04, 2011

Robin and Marty,
I am deeply sorry to hear about Boomie's death. My memories of her will be cherished forever. My last Christmas with her is a vivid memory with her sitting at my breakfast table, crafts and glue gun all around her, decorating a small Christmas Tree and Wreath to take back for her room. We laughed so much that day. I also have a photo which I saved with Boomie and George on our golf cart - they did love taking that for a spin when visiting North Myrtle Beach.
For me, many memories will be cherished. For the family, my prayers.
Love to each of you.
Debbie Strickland

January 04, 2011

Robin, Shea and family,
I was so sorry to hear about Kitty's passing. She was such a graceful lady with a beautiful smile. May God give you comfort in this most difficult and sad time.

~ Tina Adderholdt, Nags Head, North Carolina

January 04, 2011

Robin and family - so sorry to hear about Kitty's passing - we were such good friends years ago at Menchville - such a beautiful lady - loved her like a mom -
please know that she is in a much better place with God and with no pain - love you all -
Robin and Family
So sorry about your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

January 04, 2011

Robin and family,

I'm so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. May GOD comfort you and your family at this sad time. You have my deepest sympathy.

January 04, 2011

  Dear Robin,

I am so sorry to read of your Mom's passing. As we grew up on Morrison Avenue, your Mom was a sweetheart to everyone. I remember her as always being very poised and graceful. As you try to get throught this difficult time, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marty & Robin,
I was so very sorry to hear about "Boomie." She & George were great folks and a wonderful couple, and your mom will be missed by all.
I will always remember Kitty for her big smile and gracious spirit. No matter what mood I may have been in, she could always make me laugh! I am grateful for her friendship over the many years we worked together at Menchville High School. So many lives were touched in a positive way by this wonderful lady.

January 05, 2011 

Ashley and family, she sounds like a wonderful gramma. So sorry for your loss. Wishing you wonderful, longlasting memories of her to carry you through the times when you are missing her.

January 05, 2011 

  Ashley, Shea and family...I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Boomie when Shea and I were close and lived in Kitty Hawk, NC. She has an amazing way of making us girls smile. I know that she will be missed tremendously by many.


   Our sincerest condolences are extended to all of Kitty's family and friends at this time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Rock of Ages

Words by Augustus Montague Toplady, 1763 (first published in The Gospel Magazine, 1775)
(04 Nov 1740 - 11 Aug 1778)

Music by Thomas Hastings
(15 Oct 1784 - 15 May 1872)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and pow'r.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

"Rock of Ages" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 03/30/09

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