It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother Ramona Murray. She passed away peacefully on Wednesday November 23 at the age of 93 at her home in Cincinnati, Ohio with family by her side.
She was born in Glasston, North Dakota to Alfred and Mildred Nameche on November 1, 1929.
Ramona spent her childhood growing up on a farm in North Dakota. She moved with her family to Rossford, Ohio and later settled in Lima, Ohio where she attended Lima Central High School and met her husband of 74 years through her brothers. She spent many happy years close to her children and grandchildren, with her husband, in Cincinnati and wintering in St. Petersburg, Florida.
She worked in many different jobs throughout her life. Early after marriage, she worked at the Citizen Saving & Loan Bank. For many years, while her sons attended school there, she worked as the librarian at Irving Elementary School. After her children were older she attended beautician school and received her license. Later in life, she sold real estate for Yocum Reality and then purchased and operated Ritz-Son Fine Lingerie, a downtown Lima business for a number of years.
In 1989 Ramona was asked to organize a parade in Lima to celebrate the opening of the Allen County Veterans Civic Center. She planned, organized and directed the largest and best parade Lima had ever seen. The entire community was amazed when fighter jets, she had arranged, flew over downtown Lima as military men and women raised the American flag at the new Civic Center.
Ramona was an exceptional sewer, quilter and knitter and frequently sewed or knitted matching Christmas gifts for her entire family. She would knit hats for new born babies at Children’s Hospital. She would use a life size doll to correctly size all the boys and girls hats and give them to local hospitals. This was not a few hats but many times there would be stacked 20 deep around her chair.
She made beautiful quilts with Christmas and family themes. Each of her sons has one of her beautiful quilts, representing many hours of her time and attention.
She is survived by her husband Guy Murray of 74 years; a brother, Don Nameche; four sons, Mike Murray, Mark (Diane) Murray, Matt Murray & Mitch (Emily) Murray; six grandchildren, Trevor (Kristine) Murray, Stacy (Brian) Akers, George (Lauren) Murray, Natalie (Dustin) Page, Matthew Murray, Marlena (Mark Duggan) Murray; and nine great-grandchildren.
Ramona was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Gene Nameche and Leo Nameche and daughter in law, Martha Murray.
If you wish to send flowers they can be sent to Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, 920 N. Cable Rd. Lima, Ohio 45805 on December 3rd or a donation to Hospice of Cincinnati would be appreciated. hospiceofcincinnati.org
There will be a reception for family and friends at the home of Tim and Tami Stanford 2233 Merit Avenue Lima, Ohio 45805, Saturday December 3rd from 3pm to 5pm.
Condolences may be expressed at www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com