Elizabeth Burckes Bonney Celebrates Her Centennial Birthday


Elizabeth Burckes Bonney joined a growing population of centenarians as she celebrated her 100th birthday with her family, friends, residents and staff at the Hannah B. Griffith Shaw Home for the Aged, Inc.

Elizabeth’s birthday celebration was made special by the appearance of Senator Marc Pacheco who presented her with a Resolution; State Representative Keiko Orrall, Middleboro Board of Selectmen Allin Frawley and Leilani Dalpe, and Bruce Atwood, President of the Board of Directors for the Hannah B. Griffith Shaw Home all of whom presented Elizabeth with Citations. Elizabeth also received a personal letter from Senator Elizabeth Warren who was unable to attend the event.

When asked what the secret is to reaching 100 years old, Elizabeth smiled and replied, “Spend a lot of time outdoors.”

Elizabeth was born on June 4, 1913 in Waltham, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of six children born to Ernest and Susan Burckes. She graduated from Mass Art and received an honorary degree from the college after it became accredited. Following WWII, she married Loen Bonney and the couple built a home on Hardy Pond in Waltham wherein they raised their two children, Steven and Judith Bonney (Termin). Elizabeth has three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth’s family describes her as very artistic. “She played her jazz piano with abandon. She has painted many watercolors and has also made ceramics and stained glass lamps.” On warm summer nights, she could be found outside working in her garden. Residents at The Shaw Home describe Elizabeth as “a kind and compassionate woman who is a friend to all.”

“It is a pleasure to be a part of Betty’s life and take part in 100th birthday celebration.” Kristine Donnelly, Administrator of The Shaw Home remarked. “I would like to thank Betty for the beautiful watercolor, created by Betty herself, gifted to The Shaw Home by her family in Betty’s honor.  It is a gorgeous piece of art that will cherished by the Home for years to come.”