SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bonita Design, 81, earned her wings on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at home with her loved ones by her side, after a 7-year battle with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia. A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, Bonnie married her high school sweetheart, Patrick, and they shared 61 wonderful years of marriage together.
Together, they had two children and opened their home to raise four more children, including two nieces and one nephew. She showered each and every one of them with love, kindness, and faith. Bonnie’s passions were her family and adored children. She devoted her time and energy into making each one feel special, valued, and truly loved.
Bonnie worked alongside her beloved husband at their family restaurant, Uncle Sams. Later she worked professionally in the Saratoga County Administrative Office, Saratoga Springs City Court, and the New York State Unified Court System. Upon retiring, she started her favorite position, as nanny to two small children.
Bonnie championed the underdogs, broken-hearted, and lost souls. Her calming mannerisms and open heart would be a balm to their souls. People were drawn to her ability to be non-judgmental and understanding. Her ability to listen intently and discern the true underlying issues gave her strength to help many onto better pathways of life. Her immense love of family, sense of humor, and infinite heart will be missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her mother Muriel Sutton, father William Sutton, mother-in-law Columbia Design, and father-in-law Samuel Design. Bonnie is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Patrick, her two children Samuel (Jennifer) Design and Patricia (James) Design-Dorey, three grandchildren, whom she adored, Alex (Ashley) Design, Cody Design, and Ashley (Robert) Hannan, great-grandson Jackson, nieces Sandy (Howard) Pinsley, Gerianne (John) Hoffman, nephew Paul Batchelder, sister-in-law Columbia (Ed) Rudolph and her three siblings.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Bonnie may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com