Our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Dolly Bonano Cammarata, passed away peacefully at her residence with her family by her side on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at the age of 90.
She was born on July 12, 1929 in New Orleans to the late Gasper and Alice Legendre Bonano.
Dolly was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Santo (Sam) Cammarata; and two brothers, Lester and Warren Bonano. She was the proud and devoted mother to her four children, Maryalice Pendergast, Gina Landaiche, Nickie Cammarata (Kay), and Patricia Pryor (Fred). She is also survived by her nine grandchildren, her eight great-grandchildren. She was so excited for the ninth great-grandchild on its way.
Dolly was a classy and dainty lady who loved round dancing with her husband, sewing, going to the casino, and talking on the phone to her family. Petite in stature and delicate in frame, Dolly was a strong uniting force for her family. She was completely devoted to them and to her Catholic faith. She fought through long-term illness with steadfast determination.
Although her mother Alice lived independently until the age of 91, Dolly took impeccable care of her up until her passing on January 12, 1983. What a beautiful example of love and compassion she provided for her family.
The family expresses their love and appreciation to Aundriel for caring so sweetly for Dolly the last few months, and to Chaka who became a part of the Cammarata Family for the last six years. Chaka’s enduring love and care was endless to both Sam and Dolly until their passing.
Dolly and Sam are together again round dancing in heaven.
Visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 11:00am-1:00pm at Greenwood Funeral Home 5200 Canal Blvd. New Orleans 70124. Mass will follow at 1:00pm with a private burial. The family kindly requests that any donations be made to the charity of your choice in Dolly Cammarata’s name.
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