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Janice Ramona "Mona" Bingham

June 1, 2022

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Janice Ramona “Mona” Bingham, 84, of East Windsor, CT and formerly of West Hartford, CT went to be with the Lord surrounded by her family on June 1st, 2022, at Hartford Hospital.

Mona was born to the late Daniel B. Bingham Sr. and Lucille “Kitty” Nixon Bingham on February 18th, 1938, in Hartford, CT.  She was one of nine children. As a child she grew up in Bellevue Square.

Mona was always a motivated, caring, and generous child.  She received her education from Hartford Public Schools.  She continued her education at Greater Hartford Community College while she was a caregiver to her father.

After High School, Mona married Theodore Ronald Jefferson Sr.and had two children, Theodore Ronald Jefferson Jr.and Teri E. (Jefferson) Patterson and resided in Charter Oak Terrace.

Mona began her career at Dunham Bush and Hartford Hospital Dietary.  She was employed for over 30 years at Newington Children's Hospital where she was an Orthopedic Technician and acknowledged for her contributions “Toes to the Nose” in a book entitled Clubfoot written by Dr.  Vincent J. Turco in 1981.  She also served as a foster parent for 10 years with The Village for Families & Children.  She was a bowling enthusiast, participating in tournaments and earning many trophies.  She frequently donated funds to St. Jude.  She volunteered for Bristol Little League “District 5”, travelling to Williamsport, PA every season. She was a fateful member of Union Baptist Church in Hartford, CT.

Mona had a strong character. She was fiercely independent, she meant what she said, and everything had a place. She was compassionate and dutiful. She was belly-laugh funny with an incredible sense of humor.  She had a remarkable eye for fashion and quality. She never forgot a face or a name. She started her day with a crossword puzzle and a cup of tea. She faithfully read Our Daily Bread scriptures. She ritually watched Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune where she displayed her intelligence. She will be remembered for her extravagant 4th of July cookouts, her amazing stories, her love for sweets, her sharp Ferragamo shoes, her obsession for wearing Talbot’s clothing, her ability to care for others, and for her perseverance.   

Mona is survived by her daughters Teri E. Patterson (Celestine Robbins) and Charlene C. Rowley; 2 sisters, Mary Lou Bingham and Patricia Bingham and a special sister-in-law Betty Bingham; 6 grandchildren, Traci L. Patterson, Tommicka L. Riley, Theodore Ronald “Teddy” Jefferson III (Maria), Jibrelle Milner, Peyton S. Matthews (Brandon), Charles A. Rowley; a bonus grandson in-law Patrick B. Blake Sr.; 12 great grandchildren, Imani M. Blake, Patrick B. Blake Jr., Xianna Jefferson, Nalisia Jefferson, Benjamin Compton Jr., Sakari M. Compton, Thurlow M. Peay Jr., Morgan L. Matthews, Kennedy P. Matthews, Grayson A. Matthews, Jaquan Graham, Journee Young; a great-great grandchild, Malachia Graham; and a loyal and devoted caretaker Debra Howell Busgith.  She leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

Mona is preceded in death by her parents Lucille Bingham and Daniel Bingham; 4 brothers and 2 sisters; Theodore “Teddy” Ross, Otis Ross Jr, George L. Ross, and Daniel R. “Bud” Bingham Jr., Shirley Ross and Carol (Ross) Thomas; her son Theodore Ronald Jefferson Jr.; and 4 husbands Theodore R. Jefferson Sr., John L. Hall, Leroy K. Rakestrau, and Robert S. Watson Sr.       

The funeral service and burial will be private. There are no calling hours. Celebration of life to be held at a later date. 

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