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Bonnie Wornom Hulcher, 65, passed away on Thursday, December 28 in Huntsville, Alabama. Bonnie was born in Newport News, Virginia to Wendell Gibbs Wornom and Virginia Mae Evans on April 2, 1958, just before her twin sister Connie. She grew up in Poquoson, Virginia and graduated from Poquoson High School in 1976. Smart and driven, with a sharp mind and love of math, Bonnie took all the advanced math classes she could in high school, and sometimes she and Connie were the only girls in their classes. She attended Virginia Tech, first studying psychology and then switching to accounting. After graduating college, she became a Certified Public Accountant and worked for the FDIC and accounting firms.
She was married to Vito Michael Malta in 1980 and they had their son, Vito Joseph Malta, in 1981. After divorcing, Bonnie married Anthony Bruce Hulcher and they had their daughter, Allie Taylor Hulcher, in 1992. In 2000, the Hulchers moved from Newport News, Virginia to Huntsville, Alabama for Bruce to take a new job at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Bonnie owned her own accounting business in Huntsville. Ever ambitious and looking for the next challenge, Bonnie enrolled in Birmingham School of Law and attended night classes, driving two hours down and two hours back multiple nights a week to earn her law degree. Bruce died in 2008, but with encouragement from her daughter Allie, Bonnie finished school and earned her Juris Doctor in 2009.
Bonnie loved politics and was a passionate voter from age 18 on. She was involved in the Republican Party in Huntsville, which is how she first bonded with her husband, Victor Paul Budura. They married in 2013. An artistic, open-minded spirit, Bonnie loved music, plants, photography, and dogs. She was a DJ with her own radio program on WUVT during her years at Virginia Tech, and adored 70s music like Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, and Carly Simon her entire life. She had a superior green thumb and her living room looked like a jungle with how many plants she had - from ficus trees to snake plants to ivy - and she could name them all by their scientific names. She also had a love for photography, particularly black and white photographs and portraits. She loved dogs and always had a canine companion, her last being her beagle Lucy. She passed on her love for all of these things to her daughter, but unfortunately the green thumb isn’t hereditary.
Bonnie experienced numerous complicated, sometimes near-death, health issues in her lifetime, overcoming each with grit and grace. In the last few years of her life after multiple strokes she needed to use a wheelchair, but she faced even this with humor and a sense of defiance. During the past year she became nearly bedbound, but thanks to the help from a team of dedicated caregivers, Bonnie was able to stay in the comfort of her own home. In the end, her lifelong struggle with antiphospholipid syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, weakened her body. She was surrounded by the love of her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and the Holy Spirit as she took her last breaths.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Mae Evans; her sister, Janice Carden Wilson; and her husband Anthony Bruce Hulcher.
She is survived by her husband, Victor Paul Budura of Huntsville, AL; daughter Allie Hulcher Thornton (Martin) of Birmingham, AL; son Vito Joseph Malta of Edgewood, WA; grandsons Asher and Graydon Malta of Edgewood, WA; twin sister Connie W. Bush (John) of Yorktown, VA; father Wendell G. Wornom and stepmother Betty G. Wornom of Poquoson, VA; and her beloved beagle Lucy of Huntsville, AL.
A celebration of life will be held for Bonnie on Tuesday, January 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Bridges of Hope Fellowship (address: 1822 Winchester Rd. NE, Huntsville, AL 35811).
The funeral for Bonnie will be held Saturday, January 6 at 10:00 a.m. and a visitation will be held the night before, Friday, January 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., both at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Stroke Association in honor of Bonnie Hulcher. https://www.stroke.org/en/
Arrangements and heartfelt guidance through Claytor Rollins Funeral Home.
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