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 Bonnie Lorraine <I>Wardlaw</I> Hilton

Bonnie Lorraine Wardlaw Hilton

Death 22 Oct 2011 (aged 87)
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Bonnie Lorraine (Wardlaw) Hilton, 87, of Waynesboro, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at her home.

She was born on August 13, 1924, in Whiteselle Township, Cleveland County, Arkansas, daughter of the late Robert Wilson Wardlaw and Ethel Zettie (Wilson) Wardlaw. During World War II, Mrs. Hilton worked at Douglas Air Craft in Inglewood, California where she met her future husband, Shelby E. Hilton Sr., Sergeant in the Air Force Instrument Department, as he was being deployed to the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

After the war, they married and became co-owners of a Western Auto franchise in St. Paul, Virginia, from 1958 until 1984, which included her home decorating center. They also contracted and built homes and were hotel managers for Econo Travel Lodge Motels until their retirement. Mrs. Hilton enjoyed researching her Wardlaw family genealogy which she had traced back to the 1200's in Scotland. She traveled with members of the Wardlaw Clan to Scotland in 1997 to visit the ancestral home sites. She enjoyed travels with her husband to Hawaii, Spain, Africa, and Mexico. For her family, she wrote engaging stories about growing up on a farm and the deep woods of Arkansas. Several of her short stories were published in "Melange." Her many talents included fiber arts, home decorating, and landscaping.

Her kindness and devotion to her family and friends will be sorely missed by her husband, Shelby E. Hilton Sr. of Waynesboro, Virginia,; son and daughter-in-law, Shelby and Sandra Hilton Jr. of Glade Spring, Virginia; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn Hilton Conyers and Scott Conyers of Lyndhurst, Virginia; grandchildren, Wade and Angela Hilton and their children, Michael and Molly, of Glade Spring, Virginia; Ben and Susan Hilton and their son, Jacob, of Belfast, Virginia; Heath Conyers and Andrea Canerossi Conyers and their son, Embree, of Sterling, Virginia; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Fay Wardlaw and Gail Wardlaw of Little Rock, Arkansas; sisters-in-law, Camille Wardlaw of Fayetteville, Arizona, Rosalie Wardlaw of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Rossi Wardlaw of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Elaine Wardlaw of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, LeRoy and Arlie May Hilton Jr. of St. Paul, Virginia; sister-in-law, Kate Hilton of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; many beloved nieces and nephews, and devoted family friend, Patricia Bell of Waynesboro, Virginia. Mrs. Hilton was preceded in death by her brothers, Herbert, Bob and Edgar Wardlaw; sister, Mildred Holden; parents-in-law, Roy and Hannah Hilton; sister-in-law, June Hilton; brother-in-law, Chad Hilton; daughter-in-law, Debbie Jackson Hilton; and grandson, Jonathan Hilton.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. Scott Conyers of Lyndhurst, Virginia, from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, October 28, 2011, followed by a memorial service at the First Baptist Church in St. Paul, Virginia, 3 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011. The family will receive friends in the church reception hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

With deepest appreciation our family would like to thank our Hospice Family, especially Patsy Lambert, Barbara Bryant, and Carolyn Farina for their loving dedication to Bonnie and her family. Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online at

.Published in The News Virginian from October 23 to October 24, 2011

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