“Happy birthday mommy! The last picture I took with the love of my life. All I see in you is beauty and strength, not the workings of the enemy… Cancer. I miss you & will do my best to live life in excellence for you and me! My angel, I love you! 😢❤️🙏🏽😇,” Roman wrote in the caption of a July 28 Instagram photo.
In the comments, Roman’s fans shared their condolences and heavenly birthday wishes.
“She’s so proud of what you have accomplished, got bless luv 🙏🏾❤️”
“Happy bday mom! Her energy will continue to travel with u always🙏🏽🙏🏽”
“I’ll never forget how she had your back on RW‼️ She was an amazing mommy to you and was there to wipe your tears. I always thought back then Ima be a mom like that. And I am. So thank you to your mommy for showing me that example on TV as a young girl. Love you too Tami. 🏁💙
But they also provided more lightness by remarking on how much Roman resembles Buford.
“You are her twin❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Happy birthday Queen 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹”
“Happy birthday in heaven continue to rest in power you look just like your mother!🙏🙏🌹💜🌹💜🌹😘”
“Y’all look just alike happy heavenly birthday!🎊 🎊 “
“Wow, You Ladies Look Identical❤️ May She Continue Rest Beautifully In Peace ❤️❤️🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽”
Fans will remember seeing Buford on episodes of “Basketball Wives” and “The Real World” well before her passing in 2013. Buford’s feistiness, bold personality and humor were evident as where Roman got those characteristics from.
But it was during an appearance on the VH1 reality show that Roman and her mother shared a particularly tender moment. Coming clean for the first time to Buford about her past molestation, Buford broke down. Roman had also vowed to fix the problems she had with her mother, and, despite their issues, losing her mom led to an emotional response from Roman once she shared the news online the following year.
“My pain runs deep, my heart aches, my soul mourns – I have NEVER felt this way in my entire life. My mother is no longer with me and I may never be the same. Jesus…be with me and my daughters,” Roman said on Instagram at the time.