Inona "Sister" Gertrude Buren

October 14, 1918February 20, 2018

Inona “Sister” Gertrude Buren, 99, from Port Lavaca, passed away on February 20, 2018. She was born in Port Lavaca to the late Everett and Leona Wilborn on October 14, 1918. She was the oldest of nine kids and naturally took on the role as nurturer to her younger siblings. She was a caring, compassionate woman with a sense of humor who did so much for her family and friends. She graduated from Port Lavaca High School. After high school she married Charles “Leonard” Buren on April 4, 1937. She helped run the office for Acme Electric Company “The Shop” with Leonard for 44 years. They were married for 61 years until Leonard passed away in 1998. During retirement she continued to help care of her eldest daughter, Charlotte, who had cerebral palsy as well as her husband, Leonard, who suffered from Parkinson’s. She was an avid bridge player and also enjoyed daily lunch outings with her various friends in town until she was no longer able to drive. She was devout Catholic and a member of the Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church and always had faith, family and friends as a priority. Inona Buren is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, her two daughters, Charlotte and Ann, her parents, her brothers Leo Wilborn, Briggs Wilborn, Everette “Buddy” Wilborn, Jerry Wilborn, Rudy Wilborn; and sister Joy Graham. She is survived by her granddaughter, Alyssa Rodriguez of Houston, sister, Peggy Leigh of Port Lavaca and brother, Tommy Wilborn of Witchita Falls and numerous nieces and nephews. A Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Thursday, February 22 at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home with a rosary to be recited at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will be at 11 AM on Friday, February 23 at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Port Lavaca Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her nephews, Briggs Wilborn, Tommy Wilborn, Dirk Goodrich, Danny Graham, Ricky Wilborn, Larry Wilborn.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Rosary Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 23, 2018

Inona "Sister" Gertrude Buren

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Kathy Buren Lyons

February 21, 2018

Aunt Nonie: A very attractive woman with an absolutely beautiful personality and a heart as huge as the universe. She was like a Mother to my big brother Paul and to myself, as well as being the matriarch of the Wilborn Family. Ah, Aunt Nonie, this earth won't be the same without your physical presence but we know your love, prayer, and concern will always be with us. What a welcome home party you, Uncle Leonard, Charlotte, and Ann must be having. And do keep precious Alyssa wrapped in your solicitous care. Such a special Granddaughter.
Love you always.

Jessica Buren

February 21, 2018

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. You will be greatly missed, Great Aunt Nonie.

Mollie Kate Dent

February 21, 2018

Aunt Nona was such a special lady, I admired and loved her so much for so many reasons. She is now rejoicing with Uncle Leonard, Charlotte and Ann. She will be forever missed.

Simon Buren

February 21, 2018

I never had the good fortune to meet "Aunt Nonie" other than via internet. She was our oldest Buren and will be missed by so many. RIP good lady.

February 20, 2018

Aunt Nonie had a way of bringing sunshine into the life of everyone that she met. She will always have a special place in our hearts. Rest now, dear lady, and enjoy your reunion with your loved ones who have been waiting for you to journey home. Alyssa - we send love, prayers, and hugs. Elizabeth and J.D. Adkins and family in Rosenberg/Katy TX and Montana

Dianne Hughes

February 20, 2018

Aunt Nonie was a wonderful, compassionate, and loving woman❤
I have admired her all of my life
She will be missed. Prayers

Woody Dent

February 20, 2018

Aunt Nonie was such a sweet and caring person. She will be missed by many..Love form Woody Dent and family in South Carolina