Mona Patricia (Estes) Buse, 83 of Staunton, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at St. John’s Medical Center in Springfield. She was born pm April 15, 1937 in Marietta, MS, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elbert O. & Azilee (Gardner) Estes.
She married James Robert Buse on July 5, 1952, and he passed away on August 17, 1978. In the late 1960s, she began working for Community Memorial Hospital of Staunton in housekeeping and as a Certified Nurses Aide, then in 1979 she attended LCCC School of Nursing and earned her LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse). She retired in November 2006. Mona was a past member of Bethel Baptist Church of Staunton. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and health care worker.
She is survived by a daughter, Trina (Bill) Rothe of Staunton; son, James R. (Patricia) Buse Jr of Waukegan, IL; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tom Estes of Marietta, MS and Ted (Sherill) Estes of Marietta, MS; three sister-in-laws, Peggy Feret of Elk Grove Village, IL, Lula Bell Cruz of Guntown, MS, and Trula Gibson of Guntown, MS; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two children in infancy; son, Ronald W. Buse; two sisters, Beth Shamlin & Helen Clark; and three brothers, Carl, Bill, & Fred Estes.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton with Pastor Derrick Taylor officiating. Memorials are suggested to either Hospice of Central Illinois or to the local charity of the donor’s choice. Williamson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.