Ramona "Mona" (Poulin) Buden of Bristol passed away peacefully on December 23, 2020 at age 89.
Born in Bristol on April 7, 1931 to parents Josephat and Anne (Bellefleur) Poulin, Mona was the middle child of five siblings; Norman, Mary, Reginald and Vivian are all deceased.
Mona passionately loved her family, and her dedication to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was evident to all who knew her. She is survived by: her children, Kathy (and husband, Bob) Lyga of Terryville; Jane (and husband, Paul) Goderre of Bellevue,OH; Marc (and wife, Barbara) Buden, David Buden and April Buden of Bristol; her granddaughters, Anne (and husband, Jason) Ledellaytner of Wolcott; Rebecca (and husband, Troy) Roeder of Bellevue,OH; Melissa (and husband, Matthew) Porter of New York, NY; and the greatest joys of her life, her four great-grandchildren, Madeleine, Hayden, Brielle and Kavanagh. She also shared a close friendship with sister-in-law, Shirley Poulin of Bristol, whose extraordinary watercolor paintings brought Mona tremendous joy.
Mona was a proper lady with a quick wit and jovial spirit, who enjoyed showcasing her silly side and sharing in hearty laughter with her family. She loved to watch her New York Yankees and UConn Women’s Basketball team play, and never missed a game. Mona was an avid reader, and she had a particular affinity for flowers and owls. For many years, Mona maintained a spectacular collection of novelty salt & pepper shakers (of which her grandchildren were in awe). She kept in touch with her great-grandchildren over email and she proudly displayed their artwork throughout her home.
Mona had a long history of hard work and dedication, including as a valued employee of LIMRA International, where she served as Transportation, Mail & Supply Manager for a decade, retiring in 1999. While working full time, Mona returned to school to continue her formal education, taking classes at Central Connecticut State University into her 60’s.
Above all else, Mona’s tenacity, infallible moral code and positive outlook governed the way she conducted her life. She leaves us now to reunite with her own mom, her dog, Jess, and her “best buddy, Jesus.” As Mona said in her own words near the end, she “had a great life,” but she was "ready to go home, to heaven." She will be tremendously missed by all who had the great honor of knowing her.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Smile Train.