We are saddened to learn the news that Jimmie-Gaye Buono passed away early this morning after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jimmie-Gaye worked in our Student Life Office for 15 years and was mom and friend to thousands of Cushing Penguins. Our thoughts are with her children Matthew '03, Andrea '07, and Anthony '07, and her husband Christopher, as well as her extended family and countless friends who will always be touched by her smile. Below is her obituary and details regarding her funeral services.
ASHBURNHAM---Jimmie-Gaye (Ponder) Buono, 56 years old, of Ashburnham, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 35 years Christopher A. Buono, sons Matthew A. Buono of Bradford, MA and Anthony J. Buono of Farmington, CT, daughter Andrea L. Buono of New York, NY, stepfather John Moore of Hot Springs, AR, brother Lee Ponder of Hot Springs, AR, sisters Ruth Ponder of Jacksonville, FL and Debra Wilson and her husband Andrew of Sherwood, AR, brother-in-law Andrew Buono and his wife Carol of Ashburnham, nieces Lyndsay Moen, Ashley Buono, Sydney Buono and Melissa Ponder and her children Nathan and Blake, a very special uncle Floyd Ponder and his wife Dorothy, very close friends and support team Pam Streeter, Sue Casey and Bridgette Van Nostrand. She was predeceased by her nephew Nicholas Carter.
Jimmie-Gaye was born July 27, 1959 in Hope, Arkansas, daughter of Jimmy and Mona (Lumpkin) Ponder and had lived in this area for the past 35 years. She graduated from Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, AR in 1977. She was the assistant to the Dean of Students at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham for 15 years, before retiring in 2014 due to her illness. Jimmie-Gaye was a member of St. Denis Church in Ashburnham.
Jimmie-Gaye was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and friend to countless people. Family was always her first priority and was devoted to her husband and three children. As a “Hockey Mom” she always enjoyed watching her kids’ hockey games no matter how far the drive or how cold the rink. She treasured vacations at the beach, cruising in the Caribbean, and family trips to Maine. Jimmie-Gaye also served as a second mom to the hundreds of students that passed through Cushing Academy during her 15 years of service. She was constant source of advice, compassion, or snacks for anyone that passed through her office.
Jimmie-Gaye’s funeral will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 from the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster with a mass at 10:00 am in St. Denis Church, 85 Main Street, Ashburnham. Burial will be in the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 17th from 4-7 pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cushing Academy Development Office, 39 School Street, Ashburnham, MA 01430 or Beacon Hospice, 36 Williams Street, Leominster, MA 01453. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net