LaDoris Denise Bufford (DeeDee) was born October 5, 1964 to Mary Frances and Edward Bufford, Jr. in Saint Louis, Missouri. She was raised with two of her siblings, Tonya and Edward (LaMont). She attended O’Fallon Technical High School but eventually earned a General Education Diploma.
DeeDee enjoyed helping others and that ultimately lead to her career choices. She worked a number of years as an Adult Assistant where she took care of clients with special needs. Her clients loved her because she treated them like normal people and took them to places, such as restaurants, the park, movies, bowling, or visiting loved ones. However, she wanted to help more people, so she became a school bus driver. She drove for the Special School District for 15 years ensuring that students made it to school safely and on time daily. She was a dedicated employee, even walking to work when her transportation failed. DeeDee had a big heart and was a very loving person who did not want to let anyone down.
Some of her favorite past-times included reading what she called her “hood novels,” bowling, being with her grandchildren, and socializing with friends and family. There was never a dull moment when DeeDee was around. As much as she enjoyed helping people, she enjoyed having fun with them too. DeeDee was the life of the party and was loved by so many. She spent the last night of her life celebrating with her family. Throughout her life, she nourished many relationships with friends who became like family and family who cannot imagine life without her. DeeDee peacefully transitioned in her sleep early Monday morning, December 13, 2021. Her big heart was weak and it finally gave out.
DeeDee is survived by her sons, DeLancey Lamont and DeVaughn Denzel Bufford; mother, Mary Frances Bufford; father, Edward Bufford, Jr. (Deborah); sisters, Tonya Shareath Yancey (Eddie), Sundra Regina Nunley, Chante’ Denise Bufford, and Brittney Shiera Whitlock; brothers, Edward LaMont Bufford and LaTuan LaMont Bufford (Gina); grandchildren, DeLancey Jr. (DJ), Dmarien, Dylan, and Violet Sky Bufford; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
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