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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are  saddened
 3    to  learn  of  the  death  of Carolyn Marie Hicks Bonner, who
 4    recently passed away; and

 5        WHEREAS, Carolyn Bonner was born on  December  17,  1943;
 6    her  parents were Charles and Betty Pruitt Hicks; Mrs. Bonner
 7    was the ninth of eleven children; she accepted  Jesus  Christ
 8    as her Savior and was an active member of Mt. Zion Missionary
 9    Baptist  Church  where  she  served  as  a deaconess and as a
10    member of Voices of Zion; and

11        WHEREAS, Carolyn  Bonner  attended  school  in  East  St.
12    Louis;  she  was  a graduate of Lincoln University, where she
13    received her Bachelor of Science  degree  in  Education;  she
14    received  her Master's degree in Counseling and Guidance from
15    the University of Illinois; Mrs. Bonner was also  a  Licensed
16    Practical  Nurse;  she  retired  from  a thirty-year teaching
17    career at  Jefferson/Mandela  Elementary  School,  where  she
18    received  the  Golden Teacher's Award and the Apple Teacher's
19    Award; and

20        WHEREAS, Carolyn Bonner was initiated into the  East  St.
21    Louis  Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in
22    April of 1972; she served on the Debutante Ball, Scholarship,
23    Breakfast with Santa, and Founders Day Committees; and

24        WHEREAS, Mrs. Bonner will be remembered as a  loving  and
25    compassionate  person, and her death will be felt by all that
26    knew her, especially  her  loving  husband,  Dr.  Richard  M.
27    Bonner; her children, Reisha (Cordell) McKinney, and Riquita,
28    Richard,   Jr.,  and  Ricardo  Bonner;  her  stepson,  Marvin
29    (Heather) Evans; her grandsons,  Christian  Michael  McKinney
30    and  Justin Hartley; her sisters, Dorothy Hicks, Ruth Staten,
31    and Betty (John) Collins; her brothers, John  Henry  (Minnie)
32    Hicks   and  William  (Juanita)  Hicks;  her  sisters-in-law,
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 1    Ernestine  Cotton,  Susie  (David)  Hawkins,  and  Martha  L.
 2    Austin; and her nieces, nephews,  cousins,  other  relatives,
 3    and many friends; therefore, be it

 5    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we extend our sincere
 6    condolences to the family and friends of  Carolyn  Bonner  in
 7    this time of loss; and be it further

 8        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
 9    presented to the family of Carolyn Bonner.

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