Virginia Naoma Bonner Stokes


Virginia Naoma Bonner Stokes, 89, a former resident of Parsons, departed this life late Monday evening, Jan. 9, 2017, in Nella’s Nursing Home at Elkins, with her loving family at her side. She had been in declining health. She previously was a resident at Colonial Place at Elkins.

She was born Saturday, Feb. 12, 1927, at Lanesville, a daughter of the late Willie J. and Gertrude Flanagan Bonner.

On Sept. 15, 1947, at Red House, Md., she was married to Foster Clyde “Dick” Stokes, who preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1974.

Surviving are one son, Richard C. Stokes and wife, Madonna, of Elkins; and one daughter, Linda L. Fredrick and husband, John, of Morgantown.

Virginia was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Preceding her in death were one infant brother; and one special sister, Dorothy Louise Bonner, who departed this life June 15, 2016.

She attended the schools of Tucker County. Virginia was a very caring person and when her mother became ill with multiple sclerosis, she left school to stay home and care for her. She was a caregiver to other members of her immediate family over the years.

She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, but what brought her the most pleasure was cooking and baking for her family. The apple trees in her yard provided her family with many cobblers, pies and plenty of fresh applesauce. Virginia had several recipes that were “family favorites.”

She attended, and was an active member of Hambleton Church of the Brethren and upon its closure; she attended Parsons Church of God.

Virginia enjoyed spending time with her family. She enjoyed reading her Bible, and she loved listening to gospel music. She had the opportunity, along with her family, to attend Bill Gaither Concerts and that was a true highlight for her to see some of the singers in person that she listened to each week.

The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Thursday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Eli D. Hostetler will officiate, and interment will follow at Parsons City Cemetery at Parsons.

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Virginia Naoma Bonner Stokes. Condolences may be expressed to the family at