RUSS, Bonnie (Boyd) of Hingham, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on March 31, 2018 after a brief respiratory illness that followed a long and courageous battle with leukemia. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Sherman. Bonnie was a devoted mother to her four children, Robin Aborn and her husband Justin of Hingham, Craig Russ and his wife Tricia of Hingham, Chris Russ of Brooklyn, NY and Amy Moore and her husband Rob of Hingham. She was the beloved Grammie to six grandchildren who were her pride and joy, Olivia, Emily, Lindsey, Hannah, Sophie and Ryan. Bonnie leaves behind two siblings, John Boyd and his wife Betsey of Weston, and Jill Nehro and her husband Phil of Falmouth, along with two nieces and a nephew, Jenny, Greg and Alexandra.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Bonnie graduated from Branford High School and went on to attend Middlebury College, where she met the love of her life, Sherm. At Middlebury, she was a Spanish major and Russian minor, and was actively involved in the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She graduated summa cum laude and salutatorian of her graduating class, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Two weeks after her graduation from Middlebury, she and Sherm were married at Pine Orchard Country Club and were devoted to each other for nearly 60 years. Shortly thereafter, they returned to Sherm’s hometown of Hingham and built a life around family and friends.
Bonnie dedicated her life to raising and nurturing her four children and six grandchildren. Always aware that her life had been blessed, she continuously found ways to give back to those in need. After raising her own children, she taught parenting classes through the Head Start program in Plymouth, and later taught English as a Second Language classes to the Hispanic community in Southwest Florida.
Family, friendships and faith were the cornerstones of her life. She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal church, active in the St. John’s parishes in Hingham and Naples, Florida, where she and Sherm spent their winters for the last 18 years as part of the Worthington community in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Bonnie was bold and beautiful, funny and warm. She was a charming woman with a hilarious sense of humor and wittiness to match. Her laughter could light up a room and she delighted in bringing a smile to other people’s faces. She was kind, caring and compassionate and had the unique ability to make everyone she encountered know that they were someone special to her.
Bonnie loved travel, golf, gardening, sailing, fireworks, dancing and going to the beach. She was an active member of the Cohasset Golf Club and a fixture at Sandy Beach in Cohasset. She loved to watch sunsets, especially those viewed from Cane Garden Bay in Tortola, where she and Sherm spent every February for 30 years. A lifelong animal lover and pet owner, she leaves behind a beloved Maine Coon cat named Sammy.
Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service celebrating her life on Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 172 Main Street, Hingham. Reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made in her name to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hingham.