Obituaries » Bonita Marlene Brockenberry
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June 7, 1951 - December 26, 2015
Burial Date: January 5, 2016
Tuesday (01/05): Funeral Service – New Samaritan Baptist Church
Bonita Marlene Brockenberry was born on June 7, 1951 in Washington, DC to the late Ozell McCombs and Fred West. At an early age, they entrusted her care to the late Deacon Ernest and Beulah Florence where she was reared along with their children Rosa, Everett, Alphonso and later Debra.
Bonita accepted Christ and was baptized at Rock Creek Baptist Church and later made her church home at Springfield Baptist Church. In her formative years, she was educated in the District of Columbia Public School System and attended Petworth Elementary, Bertie Backus Junior High, and Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School where she met her husband Warren Brockenberry. After high school, she began working in the federal government with the Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW). She utilized her talents in accounting to foster a career in payroll where she forged many friendships from working at Peace Corp, Office of Tax and Revenue, and finally the District of Columbia Public Schools where she worked until she was no longer able due to her illness. She was a hard-worker who often worked two jobs to ensure that her family was well cared for.
“Bonnie,” as many affectionately knew her, was very dedicated to her family. She was married into a large family with a prominent name for 48 years. She often joked that she was known for being Warren’s wife, Eric and Sharn’s mom, or Nori, Niaja and Erin’s MaMa! But if you knew her, you know that she is known for her selfless love, caring nature and giving spirit. She always went out of her way to help anyone who was in need. She loved being with her family and often hosted family gatherings, especially her 4th of July barbeques. She also enjoyed sponsoring bus trips. For several years, family and friends enjoyed going to Seven Springs during the Presidents Day weekend, Foxwood, Connecticut and to one of the area’s beaches during the summer.
Mrs. Brockenberry was well known by her children and grandchildren’s friends because of her support with their activities. She served as a parent volunteer in the boys and girls club, the West School PTA, and Footsteps Dance Program.
Bonita leaves a rich legacy of love and laughter to carry on her traditions. She will truly be missed by her husband Warren, her son Eric and daughter Sharnita; three granddaughters Noravia and Niaja McCoy, and Erin Brockenberry; and one great grandson DiJon Noel Washington, Jr; her sister, Debra Hairston; her sister at heart and cousin Carolyn Credle; several nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren. During her extended illness, her cousins Gloria and Sandra Stephens and Jeryl and Barry Fish were faithful and steadfast in providing whatever support was necessary. She was preceded in death by both sets of her parents and her siblings Rosa, Everett and Alphonso. Bonita has always cherished her relationship with Silver Bruce West who has been a constant presence in her life since she was 5 years old.
Bonita passed away in her home on Saturday December 26, 2015, which is a testament to the way she lived her life. She was adamant that her family would have an enjoyable holiday. She had made arrangements so that gifts could be purchased for her grandchildren. She maintained her faith and fought her illness with tenacity, courage and grace. She will always be remembered for her kind, loving, and selfless acts.