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Bonnie Jane
Pullis Anthony


October 2, 1924 -  April 17, 2023

Bonnie was born to Hampton and Amelia (Bonawitz) Pullis in Kingston, PA. She was the first of three children (Hampton Jr. and Lura). She is a graduate of Wilson High School in West Lawn, PA, and the Reading Hospital School of Nursing in Reading, PA. She served as an RN at the Reading Hospital until 1946.


She married Gilbert C. Anthony of Strausstown, PA, in 1946, shortly after Gil graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point. During their 57 year marriage, they lived in Heidelberg, Germany; State College, PA; Ellicott City, MD; Owego, NY; Potomac, MD; and Mendham, NJ, before finally settling in Barnesville, MD, in 1974.


Bonnie was very active in church, garden club, and several bridge groups. She served two terms as the President of the Rural Women’s Republican Club and, for many years, served as a poll judge. Bonnie also worked on the Jean Roesser state senate and Ellen Sauerbrey gubernatorial campaigns. An avid gardener, Bonnie twice served as the Monocacy Garden Club president. Bonnie’s true passion was bridge. She was a true master of the game and would play any time anyone asked her.


Bonnie is survived by her sister, Lura (Pullis) Zeswitz, of Lancaster, PA; her son, David Anthony of Barnesville, MD; her daughter, Carol (Anthony) Morgan of Woodbine, MD; and her five grandchildren: James Morgan, Matthew Morgan, and Elizabeth Morgan, of Woodbine, MD, and Parker Anthony and Benton Anthony, of Barnesville, MD.


A viewing will be held at Hilton funeral home (22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838) on Friday, April 28 from 6pm-8pm. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church (13949 Penn Shop Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771) on Saturday, April 29 starting at 11am. A graveside burial will follow at Potomac United Methodist Church (9908 S. Glen Road, Potomac, MD 20854).


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to Gilchrist Hospice Care of Howard County (


Friday, April 28, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Eastern Standard)

Hilton Funeral Home

22111 Beallsville Road

 Barnesville, MD


Saturday, April 29, 2023

11:00 AM (Eastern Standard)

Reception to follow the service

Christ Church of Mt Airy

13949 Penn Shop Road, 

Mt Airy, MD


Saturday, April 29, 2023

Following the reception

Potomac United Methodist Church

9908 S Glen Rd,

Potomac, MD


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From: Jackie Bensing

Bonnie was as extraordinary as her life. Matt and I feel blessed to have gotten to know her over the years. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. She was so sweet and polite but underneath was a wicked sense of humor. She could always make me laugh. She will be dearly missed by all . Our hearts mourn with Carol and the rest of the family.

From: Denise and Dave Taylor

We feel so fortunate to have had Bonnie in our lives for so many years. We will miss her sparkling laughter and loving nature. She was such a wonderful person.

From: Janet Horst

Bonnie was a great lady. My fondest memories are the mother- daughter luncheons and teas we had together and our shared love for beautiful music.

From: The Hilton Family

Our deepest condolences to your family. 

From: Octavia Jamison

Bonnie was a lovely woman. I had the privilege of knowing her through Garden Club and playing bridge. She was a Cracker Jack bridge player and I was a very poor one, whom she graciously always helped along with a smile. She had great patience along with many other gifts and virtues. She was the kind of person anybody would like to know and wish to have as a friend.

From: Karen Montgomery

I met Miss Bonnie when I was 4 years old and she was 27. She became my mother's best friend and my 'other mother' for my whole life. She was one of the most loving presences in my life, and probably in the lives of anyone who knew her. She just exuded love, positivity, and nurturing. And a wonderful sense of humor. She was a great pie maker, and anyone who says, 'easy as pie' doesn't know what they're talking about. She was also a gracious hostess, and a fantastic mother to her two kids, as well as her 'other' kids. There world will seem strange to me without her in it...Love you always, 'Mom'.

From: Pamela Sumpter

Miss Bonnie was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Her heart was always so warm, kind and loving. She was a joy to talk to and I found our conversations heartwarming. Her smile just made me want to smile. I will surely miss her.

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