Bonnylynn Grace (Eggleston) Kennan


Bonnylynn Grace (Eggleston) Kennan (86) of Billerica, MA, beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, passed away from complications of COVID-19 infection on May 14, 2020. Bonny was born on August 3, 1933 in Toledo, OH to Walter and Catherine May (Bollman) Eggleston. She was a 1947 Central Catholic High School graduate. She studied Fine Arts at the Cooper Union in New York, NY, and worked as a legal secretary for many years until her retirement.
Surviving are her children Sean Kennan (Corinne) of Herndon, VA, Michelle (Kennan) Fox of Reading, MA and Brendan Kennan (Beth) of Dennisport, MA; step-son E. David Kennan of Berkeley, CA; grandchildren Vida Pappas, Benjamin Fox, Jeremy Fox, Matthew Fox, Liam Kennan and Dylan Kennan; step-grandchildren Ziv Kennan, Roy Kennan and Nathan Kennan; and second husband Erlend Kennan. Bonny was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband William (Bill) Takas; sisters Hilda (Eggleston) Webb and Sally (Eggleston) DeShetler; and her son-in-law Neal Fox.

Bonny was a master of many fine arts including painting, sketching, sculpture, and calligraphy, and was a sketch artist for the Jordan Marsh advertisements in the Cape Cod Times in the late 70s. She was also a talented seamstress who enjoyed making clothes and costumes, embroidery, needlepoint, crochet, macrame and knitting, and sold her hand knitted angora sweaters through a local boutique. She was an avid gardener of both vegetables and flowers, and also enjoyed baking, canning and jelly making. She was a voracious reader, especially of mysteries and historical non-fiction, and loved the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, Judy Collins, and the Beatles. Over the years she had several cats and dogs that were very special to her.

Bonny was a long-time Cape Cod resident where she and her husband Erlend raised their children in Hyannis. In her later years Bonny lived at Billerica Crossings, and most recently at the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley. She will be greatly missed by many who loved her. Her family will celebrate her life at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to: https://www.wgbh.org/support/donate

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