Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ramona Iona (Parker) Reed 9 Jun 1930 to 19 Sep 2012

Ramona Iona Reed

Passed away September 19th, 2012 at the age of 82 surrounded by her family in Vacaville, California.

Born Ramona Iona Parker June 9th, 1930 at the Wray hospital in the town of Wray, Yuma County, Colorado to parents Julius Sparks Parker and Dorothy Latham (Ward) Parker.

Ramona grew up in the Depression first living in Vernon then Wray Colorado, North Plat Nebraska, Denver Colorado and then back to Wray at the break out of WWII.  She stayed in Wray until she graduated in 1948.

She met Ben in May 1953.  When Ben was deployed to Goose Bay Labrador, Ramona worked in Denver.  Ben returned in 1954 and they were married November 30th, 1954 in Oakland, California.  The Air Force kept them on the move.  El Paso and Amarillo Texas, Castle Air Force Base California, Orlando Florida, and Vandenberg in California.  When Ben started working for United Air Lines they moved to San Mateo and then to Hayward California.  Then 12 years in Fremont and 4 in San Jose California.  The moved to Vacaville California in 1979 and stayed.

Ramona’s life was dedicated to her family.  She was a homemaker, cub scout den mother, girl scout leader, baseball team mother, and various other roles supporting her children’s activities.  Her hobbies included crafting, decorating, collecting teddy bears, brass figures, paintings, and traveling 49 of the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

She is preceded in death by her Mother, Father, and sister Jane (Parker) Jones.

She is survived by her husband of 21,113 days Benjamin Franklin Reed IV, Son Benjamin Franklin Reed V and family of Danville, daughter Karen Ramona (Reed) Sigler and family of Suisun City.  She is also survived by the numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren she had opportunity to spoil, and her favorite teddy bear Godfrey.  (ssshhh!  Don’t tell the others)

Services- Ramona was cremated.  The ceremony was on the Oregon coast line where she spent many hours enjoying the serenity.  She would comment; “I always felt free and relaxed by the ocean coast.”

We celebrate the life of Ramona and are thankful to God for giving us 82 years.  The bible says that Jesus died for our sins so that we could be without sin in front of Him.  Hold her close Lord, she is one of your very special angels.  Ramona, until we meet again, thank you for being a great Mom to all of us.

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