Denise Eileen Bonham

January 30, 1960December 26, 2020

Denise Eileen Bonham, 60, of Clarkson, passed away on December 26th, 2020 with her loving husband and children by her side.

Her’s was a life filled with love and laughter. Her family was the center of her world and her heart was bursting with love for her grandchildren. There was no denying her excitement in the presence of those babies. She was an exceptionally selfless wife and mother, serving her family with unwavering love, patience, and acceptance. She specialized in building open relationships and making people feel included and valued. She was a comfort to many and a sounding board for all. Denise lit up any room with her beautiful smile and brought people together through her love. On many occasions, she was the sole director and CEO of the ‘Hokey Pokey Clinic’, a place where you could go and get yourself turned around.

Denise was born to Marilyn Christine Runyan (Beers) and Raymond Henry Runyan in Wellsboro, PA. She was the 4th of 7 children born to the couple. As a middle child, she was often a bridge between siblings and throughout her life maintained a personal relationship with every one of her brothers and sisters. They cherish her greatly and are mourning the loss of a beautiful soul.

Denise is preceded in death by her father Raymond Henry Runyan and her siblings Alan Ray Runyan, Yvonne Marie Runyan Alderman, and Lauren Louise Runyan Deas. She is survived by her mother Marilyn, her brothers Stuart Bruce Runyan and Bradley Harold Runyan as well as her sister Jody Lynn Runyan Stein and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

Lady Eileen leaves behind her true love of 36 years, a most devoted man and father and her very best friend, Sir Robert L. Bonham.

Denise is survived by her daughter Christy Rae Runyan Dillingham, son-in-law Jason Patrick Dillingham and their children, Jayla Shondale Stovall, her very own ‘Miss Priss’ Kennedy Paige and her ‘Goose’ Kyle Parker.

She is survived by her son Brandon Lee Bonham, daughter-in-law Evelyn Allison Bonham and their two girls, Omi’s ‘Hot Southern Mess’ Danielle Lee Bonham and Savannah Rae ‘of sunshine’ Bonham. We know firsthand the strength of your love and rest in knowing that you will guide and protect these children as they navigate the rest of their lives.

Our worlds are darker and our hearts are forever heavy.

All our love until we see you again....


Denise Eileen Bonham

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Robbie Andersen

January 1, 2021

Denise is a shining, beautiful example of a loving and committed bride, mother, grandmother and friend. So often I looked at her and thought to myself that she is a version of “what right looks like.”
She was a rock to her family. She was a refuge to many. Thank you for welcoming me into your family when I was at such an impressionable age. You have influenced me forever. My family and yours will be forever intertwined. I will never forget you. And I know you will keep watch on those you leave behind from up above, in Heaven.

Betty Bell-Jones

December 30, 2020

Denise was a very special person long-distance and in person. She was full of life and love and is going to be missed by many especially her favorite mother-in-law. Love till we meet again. Betty

Carol Thomas

December 29, 2020

Denise, This is just wrong! Your vibrant energy & your zest for life were taken much too soon. You were a loving & devoted wife, mother, & grandmother. For more than 25 years, we were kindred spirits... joyful "co-conspirators" in the lives of our children, & grandchildren, sharing in everything we possibly could, with love, joy, & laughter. I already miss sharing our "private talks & shared secrets." My heart hurts, & I simply cannot believe you are really gone; your absence leaves a void in my life that will never, can never be filled. So, for now, my memories will have to see me through. I will give extra care & attention to keeping your memory alive for all of our kids; & I WILL always keep the promise I made to you as "the other mother." Rest in true peace, Dear Friend; we'll meet again in due time. ~Carol Thomas