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Of Mt. Airy, MD, died peacefully at home on December 27, 2012 following a 14-month battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her parents, Rudolf P. May and Margaret Abbott May, her brother, Robin O Clay, and her aunt, Wahneta Rodehaver.
Ms. McCoy was raised in Montgomery County, MD. She grew up at The Manor Country Club in Rockville, MD, where she competed from a young age in both swimming and golf. She graduated from Magruder High School in 1975, and cherished the lasting friendships she made there. During her 35 years as a Sr. Executive Assistant, she held positions within the GSA, the DOD (Naval Warfare and Office of the SecDef for C3I); Northrop-Grumman; Hughes; Burdeshaw & Associates; Marconi NA; and BAE Systems Inc. At the pinnacle of her profession, she had supported five defense industry CEOs; Flag and General Officers (both active and retired) across the US armed forces; and many foreign and domestic defense executives. Highly regarded and respected, she served as a role model to others on her career path.
She is survived by her dearest friend, Sandra Dugan; the Henderson Family who "adopted" and made her their own; her former husband and friend Bob McCoy; and her beloved "Newfies", Sugarbear and Juno. Commemorative arrangements are pending for early 2013. In memory, Bonnie requested donations, in her name, to either the Colonial Newfoundland Club (c/o Treasurer CNC, 264 Knoxville Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758), or Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue (Gentle Ben's, P.O. Box 533, Zelienople, PA 16063) to support their outstanding rescue efforts for the gentle giant dog breeds she loved.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 30, 2012
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