The Dorothy Mae Bonner Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to honor the life of Dorothy Mae “Mother” Bonner. This fund became an endowment in 2012.
Mrs. Bonner (1921-2004) was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. She was a graduate of Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago where she was a member of the National Honor Society.
In 1942, she married Bishop William Bonner who was the pastor of the Greater Mount Olive Church of God In Christ in Aurora. As the First Lady of her church and of the Sixth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Illinois, Mrs. Bonner influenced the lives of others through her gift of an understanding heart.
According to friends, Mrs. Bonner was known as Mother Bonner for her skills as a master caregiver to those with whom she came into contact. She assumed a quiet profile in life, preferring to encourage the success of others.
Her many acts of kindness will now be publicly recognized through the awarding of scholarships that carry her name.
Mrs. Bonner was survived by her three children Enyess Allen, Willie Etta Wright and Dorothy Jones. She was preceded in death by her son Charles. Her husband Bishop Bonner passed away in 2016.