Bonnie Jean Rae-Smith - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Bonnie Jean Rae-Smith

June 16, 1950 - December 9, 2022

Bonnie Jean Rae-Smith, age 72, of Middletown, DE, formerly of Shirley, NY, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 9, 2022.

Born in Ludlow, MA on June 16, 1950, Bonnie was a daughter of the late Douglas F. and Alberta (Abby) Tompkins Rae. She was employed by Verizon until her retirement in 2009.

Bonnie’s star shone brighter than most and few who met her ever forgot her. She lived her life with generosity and flair. Bonnie’s passions were her family and friends, painting and her dogs, all of which brought her countless hours of pleasure. Painting brought many into her worldwide circle of friends and they stayed for her humor, opinions and advice. From her hair to her jewelry, Bonnie did everything in life with a style that was unmistakably Bonnie.

She is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Smith of New Castle, DE and adored son, Chris Smith of New Castle, DE. Bonnie is also survived by her devoted sister, Deborah Rae of Middletown, DE and beloved dogs, Cookie and Phoebe.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 pm until 4 pm on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A private burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 or by clicking here.


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14 Condolences for Bonnie Jean Rae-Smith

  • Deb, we are devastated. Bonnie was one of a kind and something very special. Sending much love to you all.

  • I am absolutely devastated. I met Bonnie & Debby through our mutual love off painting. Bonnie encouraged,supported, gave me advice and always clued me into who was teaching where. The world lost a shining star. Hugs and prayers for Debby and Bonnie’s entire family. Bonnie will definitely be missed

  • My deepest condolences to you and your family Tom.

  • So sorry for your loss Tom. She was a beautiful lady. Condolences to your Family. Prayers for you. 🙏

  • So so sorry for your loss. I painted with Bonnie, always helping me in class. A bright shining star, she will be missed.

  • Loved everything about Bonnie, but my favorite thing was her absolute love of her family and friends. She will be missed. Condolences to the family.

  • Thinking of you, Tom, at this time of loss.

  • So sorry for your loss . I worked with Bonnie and she was always full of live and a joy to work with. Condolences to Tommy and the family

  • So sorry to hear your sad news. Prayers and well wishes to you and Chris.

  • Tom and Chris,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Tom, Deborah and Chris my heart goes out to you and your fur family. I pray for peace and comfort as you morn your loss. But remember the vibrant nature of Bonnie and carry that with you always. From the entire Bennett family.

  • Thank you for sharing Bonnie with us. I always called her my Decorative Painting Fairy Godmother. I will miss her messaging me in the wee hours back and forth. She was a force to be reckoned with and we will always remember the great stories. Freda & Joyce

  • Deborah, I’m so sorry to hear about Bonnie. You and your sister were so close, hold onto those memories. Thinking of you and condolences to the rest of the family.

  • I feel so sad about Bonnie. Life is just too unfair. What a lovely and talented person she was. Hopefully, she is at peace,now.