Mystic - Vonne Andria (Asbury) Foster, 50, of Mystic, CT formerly of Walkertown, NC and Princeton, WV, went home to be with the Lord, on December 19, 2017, surrounded by her loving family, after a long courageous battle with lung cancer.
She was born April 26th, 1967, on an Army base in Wiesbaden, Germany, and was the daughter of the late Bill and Rita (Jones) Asbury.
Vonne grew up the youngest of 6 children and always described her childhood as that of an Army brat. The family followed her fathers military career and moved around many times throughout her elementary and high school years. Despite those many moves, Vonne excelled in school and managed to complete enough college credits to receive her associates degree in Civil Engineering, at the same time upon graduation from Princeton High School, WV.
Shortly after graduation, she started a family of her own and began working from the ground up as a machinist. This background quickly allowed her to take on more responsibility and she became a Quality Control Manager. She then found her first job within the Aerospace Industry at Frisby Aerospace, Clemmons NC, as a Quality Assurance Manager. Her company eventually moved her from North Carolina to Connecticut to work for Triumph Actuations Systems, where she continued as the Quality Manager and ultimately became Director of Quality before becoming sick last July.
Friends and family always came first for Vonne and she certainly enjoyed having them around. She welcomed everyone she met with a smile and loved to laugh and make others laugh too, even at her own expense. She had an amazing spirit and quite the southern charm, even when being teased about her southern twang. She not only remained busy with the raising of her children and all of their activities, but also found time to become a volunteer firefighter while living in North Carolina. She was always willing to try something new and was quite adventurous as well.
Through it all, she finally met the man of her dreams in Jeff. Each on their second marriage, they finally knew what true happiness was. Theyve been truly blessed in how all of their 4 children and 2 grandchildren have formed one cohesive family. Having just passed their 10 year anniversary, they certainly have had more than enough to keep them busy and were also able to make many memories to last a lifetime. In addition, she spent much of her spare time traveling, reading a good book, being outdoors, and making quilts. She also thoroughly enjoyed checking a number of items off her bucket list, including spending a week with her family this past summer on the beaches of the Outer Banks, NC, as well as a girls weekend trip to New York City. Both of those trips she had always wished or hoped for.
Recently, she participated with family and close friends on team Vonne Strong, for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Vonne had the great honor of being selected by Dana Farber as one of 52 Walk Day Heroes. Although she was unable to walk the entire marathon course, Vonne spent much of her time on the course cheering, high fiving, and serving as an inspiration to all the walkers as they passed by. It was a truly humbling experience for all, as well as a great feeling of being able to raise money to support cancer research. Having never been a smoker herself and being diagnosed with such a horrible disease, Vonne always maintained a positive outlook and remained strong throughout her entire battle.
Vonne was preceded in death by her grandfather, Herbert Morris; her parents, Bill Asbury and Rita Jones; and her siblings, Edgar Asbury and Dwayne Asbury.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Jeff Foster of Mystic; her beautiful, loving children: Brandon Farmer of Groton; Ashley Goodwin, husband Richard, and their 2 children, Gabriel and Benjamin of Norfolk, VA; Corey Farmer of Niantic, and stepson Brady Foster of Mystic. She is also survived by her siblings: Dennis Asbury, his 3 children and 1 grandchild; Tammie Yarborough, husband Charlie, as well as their 3 children; Bill Asbury, his 2 children and 1 grandson. She also leaves behind her grandmother, Lehona Morris, her favorite (knothead) uncle Dave, as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.
The family wanted to thank the many doctors, nurses, and staff, as well as the Center for Hospice Care Southeast CT, that helped her fight this courageous battle against lung cancer. Special thanks to everyone at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA for not only showing our family love, but also for providing her the best care and treatments possible.
Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, December 27th, from 4-8 p.m., at Mystic Funeral Home located on Route 1 (51 Williams Ave) Mystic.
Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, December 28th, at 10:00 a.m., at Union Baptist Church in Mystic, with Rev. Dr. Lonnie Brown officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic, CT.
In addition to flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be sent to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Thoracic Oncology, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.
Published on December 20, 2017