GREENSBORO - Former Greensboro resident, Bonnie Douda Cordes, passed away peacefully July, 27, 2012 at her home in Charlotte.
Mrs. Cordes was born, September, 15, 1934 in Willoughby, Ohio, to Franklin and Gladyce Douda. She graduated Ohio Wesleyan in 1956 with a teaching degree and taught first grade in the Cleveland school system. Shortly thereafter, she met her husband William O. Cordes and they were married in June of 1958. Bonnie and Bill moved many times over the years finding wonderful friends in Boston, Salisbury, MD, Baltimore, Fayetteville, NC, Palos Verdes, CA and Pittsburgh, PA, before settling in Greensboro where they lived for over 30 years. Bonnie had many interests, including tennis, reading, Hobby Club, Church Circle, The Historical Book Club of North Carolina and The Historical Museum. It was her love of people that drew her to her true vocation of community service. Bonnie acted as President of both Greensboro Beautiful and the Greensboro Symphony Guild, and Chair of Preservation Greensboro. She was one of President Ronald Reagan's Points of Light and enjoyed receiving an award from him at the White House. Bonnie and Bill built a beautiful beach home in Ocean Isle Beach and enjoyed many summers there with their children and grandchildren as well as entertaining many friends over the years. When not at the beach, Bonnie and Bill were always travelling somewhere, enjoying visits to each continent as well as friends and family in the US.
Bonnie was predeceased by her beloved husband Bill and her sister Barbara. She is survived by her loving children, daughters Kim Smith and husband Larry, Keri Clark and her husband Gregg and her son David Cordes and his wife Stacy. She was blessed with seven grandchildren, Timothy, Alexander, David, Mary Caten, Jamie, William and Geoffrey. She also shared her life with many dogs and cats over the years. She will be greatly missed.
Services will be held at her long time church home, First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro at 3 p.m., Sunday, August 5.
Memorials may be made to The Greensboro Symphony Guild and Preservation Greensboro.
Forbis and Dick is serving the family.
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