Medical 07

Betty (Loper) Ramey

1925 ~ 2022 (age 97)


RAMEY, Betty L. 1925-2022 Betty L. Ramey "Entered into His gates with thanksgiving" on Monday, March 28, after a long and happy life.

She was born in the small town of Douglas, Nebraska, on February 15, 1925, and was both a life-long farmer and a Cornhusker fan. Making and keeping relationships came naturally to her, and her focus was always on others. She left Douglas and went to school at the University of Nebraska, where she met Cecil E. Ramey, Jr., who was stationed there with the Army Air Corps. The result was a 62-year marriage, with three children, Martha Ramey (of Berkeley, CA), Christine Ramey Cohen (of Dallas, TX), and Stephen E. Ramey (of Shreveport, LA). In her fifties, Betty made the decision to go back to school to get her nursing degree, becoming an RN. She loved science and nursing, and ended her career teaching courses to students who were completing their LPN certification at Willis-Knighton Hospital in Shreveport. She was curious, adventurous, and a life-long learner . She travelled solo, took up investing (quite successfully), began piano lessons in her eighties, and learned the ukulele in her nineties. In all things, Betty was sustained by her faith, and often cited "Faith, Family, and Friends" as life's most important blessings. In 2017, she moved to Presbyterian Village North, in Dallas, where she quickly made friends by learning all the names of the residents on her building roster. As she required more assistance, she assembled a team of caregivers who also quickly became friends. She "adopted" her Faith Presbyterian Hospice nurse, the hospice chaplain, and the music therapist. She enjoyed everyone and was surrounded by music, love, and laughter.

Betty is survived by her three children; five grandchildren: Rachel Orkin-Ramey Lockton, Joel Orkin-Ramey, Jennifer Cohen, Katherine Cohen, and Max Cohen; and nine great-grandchildren: Kellan, Charlotte, Jack, and Oliver Lockton, Alex and Axel Vieira-Cohen, and Dante, Leo, and Maya Pagliardini. She loved and treasured her in-laws as well: Gary Orkin, Robert Cohen, Patrick Lockton, Lauren Miller, Michelli Vieira, and Piero Pagliardini.

A special and heartfelt thank-you from our family to the amazing caregivers and hospice workers who were with Betty until the end: Desta Lakew, Deidra Winfrey, Yolanda Jackson, Eva Maina, Linda Tobar; Ben Megrino, her hospice nurse; Vimala Thomas, the hospice chaplain, and Jennefer Dixon, the music therapist.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smile Train, SPCA, North Texas Food Bank, Heifer International, or Centenary College.

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May 7, 2022

11:00 AM
Broadmoor United Methodist Church
3715 Youree Dr.
Shreveport, LA 71105

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