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Phyllis (Carson) Bona

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Phyllis (Carson) Bona, 87, of River Road in Clarksburg, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 at the Sweet Brook Health Care Center in Williamstown.

She was born in New Britain, Conn. on March 31, 1916, daughter of the late George W. Carson and Ida May (Radcliffe) Carson. The family moved to Clarksburg when she was a child. She attended schools in Clarksburg and North Adams and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1932. She was employed for a short time for the city of North Adams and then went to work at the firm Strong-Hewat Woolen Mills in Clarksburg.

Mrs. Bona then enlisted on Sept. 1, 1943 in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving with the Women’s Army Corps overseas in North Africa, Italy and Naples. She obtained the rank of sergeant and was decorated with the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal and Service Ribbon. She was honorably discharged in 1945.

After the war, she was employed at the Sprague Electric Co. in North Adams for a short time. She then assisted her nephew David “Kit” Carson with the operations of Carson’s Saw Mill on Hall’s Ground in Clarksburg until it was sold. She then continued to work in the office of the Eagleton School in Great Barrington for more than 10 years.

She was a member of the Stamford Community Church in Stamford, Vt. She was a former den leader for the Cub Scouts Pack 62 in Clarksburg. She was a charter member of the Stamford Valley Grange and helped build the grange hall in 1941.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, John B. Bona, whom she married April 27, 1946 in North Adams; two sons, Bruce J. Bona and Susan of New Marlborough and John G. Bona and his wife Patti of New Hartford, Conn; five grandchildren, Kira O’Neil Bona, Jesse O’Neil Bona, Justin Bona, Nathan Bona and Riley Bona; one sister Phoebe Dennett of Williamstown; one sister-in-law Adeline Carson; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephew. She was predeceased by two brothers and a sister, William Carson, Ida May Carson and George R. Carson.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Phyllis Bona will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Stamford Community Church in Stamford with the Rev. William Wilson officiating. Burial will take place in the springtime in the family plot in Clarksburg with military honors. Calling hours at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, are Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations are suggested for the Davis Wing at Sweet Brook Health Care Center, Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department or the charity of one’s choice.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 2, 2004
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