Patricia Chandler Bonafair


Patricia Chandler Bonafair, 76 of Roxboro, died Sept. 7, 2021. Patsy was born in El Paso, Texas, and shortly thereafter, the family moved to Harrisburg, Pa.

She was the daughter of the late Claude Gunn Chandler Jr. of Semora and Rosemary Mates Chandler. Patsy was predeceased by her beloved husband, John Maurice Bonafair. 

She is survived by her sons, John Chandler Bonafair (Ashley), Timothy Mark Bonafair (Maggie); and grandson, Dylan Mark Bonafair.

Also surviving are a sister, Joan Karlavage, of Harrisburg, Pa. and brother, Rick Chandler of Winchester, Va.

Patsy was a graduate of Immaculata College in Chester County, Pa. After earning a degree in psychology, she taught elementary school for 10 years.

Becoming an avid collector of folk art, she and a friend opened and managed an art gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Patsy’s love of art led her to initiate a creative children’s art program. Later, living in Atlanta, she became a designer of merchandising at Phipps Plaza. She originated an art-walk and became an active member of the Midtown Neighborhood Association.

Always eager to share her many talents and skills with each and every community she lived in, Patsy created the design themes for the Person County Museum of History galas and helped proprietors decorate their building spaces. Her great joy was educating others about folk art and promoting the arts in general.

A private memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Person County Museum of History, 309 North Main Street, Roxboro NC 27573 or Duke Cancer Institute, Office of Development (designate for breast cancer research), 300 W. Morgan Street, Suite 1200, Durham, NC, 27701.


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