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  1. A family milestone was reached with the early arrival of member 100! May Jeanin Reynolds was born 11/08/2013 in Everett, Providence Hospital at 11:30 PM, weighing 7lb. 12oz. She is the 42nd. grandchild and a very welcome girl in an all boy family of Reynolds! She had been scheduled to be born 11/12/13!

    Frank Ramsey - November 12th, 2013 at 6:06 pm
  2. Thank you family, for a great family gathering, at Leo & Jen’s to celebrate my 89th. birthday, on Sunday 6th. As usual, many kind things and cards were given but it is me that is grateful to you and the large family that is such a blessing! Ruth & I loved family and it is such a joy to see the delight they are to each other as our number approaches 100! Nothing could bless us more than the awareness that God’s program continues in our offspring and their mates! I am a very rich man, having inherited such a loving & devoted family!

    Frank Ramsey - October 18th, 2013 at 8:18 pm
  3. This past Sunday, I was surprised by a visit from Julie,Peter,Benjamin,Simon,Nathan,Kathy,Judah,David,Anna,Stephen, and Sophia! They had been to their Edmonds reunion and stopped with lunch, on their way home. It was great to see everyone and learn that all was well! Several pictures were taken with me and the children and we had a very pleasant visit. I can’t forsee that I will be visiting in Oregon so I was very happy to visit with them! Family visitation is always a great delight to me & was the focus of Ruth’s life!

    Frank Ramsey - August 23rd, 2013 at 12:41 am
  4. I was notified late on a Friday evening that 2 dear friends were having memorial services in their honor and the services were being held that week-end! Helen Trettivik aged 91 & Alvina Frizzel, aged 97 had been wonderful Christian friends that Ruth & I met with in Brother Everett’s prayer meeting that met every Saturday night for over 5 years. Son-in-law, Jim drove me to Stanwood for Helen’s service & son, Todd took me to Alvina’s service. The services were marvelous & we shared memories with many old friends!

    Frank Ramsey - August 23rd, 2013 at 12:17 am
  5. Ruth’s 85th.birthday is recognized this Sunday, by many family members, even 61/2 years since her burial! I expected to join her but amazingly I survived once again! It appears that I may be here to witness the arrival of Marci’s daughter in November, which brings our total to 100. We have increased from 67 at Ruth’s demise to add 33 more! God has given us the desires of our heart! We are ever mindful and grateful for the testimony that we are to a cynical world! Much fruit is being produced: the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of the Womb!! God is glorified!!!

    Frank Ramsey - June 23rd, 2013 at 7:28 pm
  6. Sunday was a slow day for me, having had a heart attack & a stent installed! I received a phone call from Julie singing happy father’s day & announcing that a new grandson was delivered to Kathy & Nathan Edmonds (David Kobe)! Later, Jennifer, Leo, Aleah & Madeline visited with a large portion of prepared food before dining out; also Todd & Sheryl stopped by with a card! Diana had invited me to visit previously and phoned with kind words since I had decided to stay at home. Marsha, Todd & Cana visited last, after having placed pink roses on mother’s grave site! Becky visited me for quite a lengthy time as Steve & sons went golfing! I am so blessed to have so much time and affection given me! To God be the glory as He pours on us ‘SHOWERS OF BLESSING”!

    Frank Ramsey - June 18th, 2013 at 8:16 pm
  7. Yesterday, Jerod Ische & McKenna Wilde were married at the magnificent, outdoor facility of Liefer Manor in Marysville! Many family members were present & the weather was good! They included a foot washing & hand binding event to their ceremony which was conducted by their pastor of The River of Life Church in Lowell! The couple’s parents are very close friends which made the event very special & a great reception was held after the ceremony. We visited many old friends & relatives & met new ones as well! With great delight we include McKenna into our large, extended family! Grandmother Ruth would be overjoyed to welcome such a wonderful Christian into the Ramsey Clan, which have grown to 98!

    Frank Ramsey - June 2nd, 2013 at 10:17 pm
  8. On Mother’s Day, Marsha, Todd, Cana & I met at the grave site of mother, Ruth, to place flowers that Marsha had brought for the occasion & we included the flowers that Jennifer had previously placed in the vase! We spent time in remembrance & I brought the article that McKenna had written about the legacy that was left by Ruth & Marsha shed a few tears! Grandparents leave a lasting mark that time can’t erase, good or bad! Ruth knew only one grandfather & he was lacking, so she had to originate her own ideas for grand-parenting! We lunched at my favorite buffet and had a nice visit & learned that Cana is excited about learning to drive.

    Frank Ramsey - May 25th, 2013 at 8:09 pm
  9. Yesterday was the 6th.year of my Ruth’s departure & as only natural flowers are now allowed at the grave site, I placed a bouquet of pink & red roses there. She would have been delighted with the increase of our extended family, which will probably number 100 by the years’ end! How blessed we have been by such a profitable life & most will meet her again in our heavenly home as promised to all Christians by none other than the Lord Jesus Christ! I am anxious to make that journey soon to greet her! We were always grateful for the wonderful, loving, healthy & considerate family that surrounded us, for many years! Few people have been as blessed as Ruth & I!

    Frank Ramsey - March 10th, 2013 at 11:45 pm
  10. Today, Septemer 8th,Dad,Todd Sherwood,Myself, and Cana
    went together to Floral Hills Cemetery and put a dozen red
    roses on Mom’s grave. Dad took the roses he had put there
    a week ago. He poured some water on the headstone to keep her cool. It was sweet. We said a few words of love and
    then we left. It reminded me of the kindness she taught us all. We then went to King’s Table and bought Dad Lunch and
    we had a good conversation re: many things. He seems to be
    in good health.

    Marsha Sherwood - September 8th, 2012 at 3:10 pm
  11. Last weekend, Steve Heist organized a work party, which included himself,Micah,Isaac,Aaron James,Jim Ische,Colton & Todd for the purpose of cutting the towering English Laurel bushes from 40years of growth!The brush was disposed of by feeding it into a chipper & ground into chips! It was hot & dirty work but they did a masterfull job!The driveway is now useable & privacy has disappeared but the threat to the incoming wiring from the power pole is no longer a concern for damage! Some of the wives & children gathered in the house to visit, while waiting for their husbands & it reminded me of the many family gatherings that Ruth loved to organize for so many years! Thanks to everyone for a job well done & yes, there are more projects to come, so stay healthy!

    Frank Ramsey - July 20th, 2012 at 5:38 pm
  12. As I was finishing my shopping in Fred Meyer’s at Thrasher’s
    Corner, I had a phone call from Leo. I asked him where he was and he said ” I’m visiting mom”, and I knew he was at her grave site. This is the 5th. year since she has been gone and it was also on a Friday at 9 pm that she expired. I had bought a bouquet of pink roses for the site and he waited until we arranged them together as we shared remembrances that we had of Ruth. Leo then came home with me and set up my new green house where I hope to grow flowers for the grave site nearby! Becky had called earlier, as she and Steve were to meet with the Edmonds family, and we shared our sadness on this anniversary. Ruth’s sweetness and presence are still sorely missed in our very large family, that she loved so much!

    Frank Ramsey - March 9th, 2012 at 11:58 pm
  13. Miss you so much grandma! I wish you were here to see and meet my kids. I have had many dreams of you coming back and me introducing them to you. I know you will meet them someday. I love and thank you for the love and legacy you left for us!

    Rebekah James - March 9th, 2012 at 6:19 pm
  14. What a delight it was to celebrate my 87th. birthday at daughter Jennifer’s home! I counted 71 of us, with many coming from almost 200 miles away! For the first time, I had a group photo taken with my much beloved sons in law, which I treasure, although they are all past middle age! Soon, our 37th. great grandchild is expected, which will be our 93rd. family member for Ruth & I!(And all blood lined, I should add). With society dictating family numbers or no family, Ruth & I continued to count our many blessings which God had given us! Although Ruth has gone to her great heavenly reward, I covet her birthday card to me on my 80th. birthday, which reads as follows:
    It’s your birthday,
    but I’m not celebrating how old you are,
    I’m celebrating how wonderful you are,
    I’m appreciating once again
    the sensitive,loving,and caring man
    God created you to be.
    It’s your birthday,
    but I’m not just feeling happy for you,
    I’m feeling happy for me, too,
    because I have you for a husband.

    Your Ever Lovin, RUTH

    ” How natural it is that I should feel
    as I do about you,
    for you have a very special place
    in my heart.”

    Philippians 1:7 (TLB)

    Frank Ramsey - February 8th, 2012 at 4:08 pm
  15. I loved hanging out, years ago, with members of the Ramsey family.

    We’re no longer in touch, but I have a few memories: she may not remember, but Diana/Dinah and I went camping once in Eastern Washington to get some sun, and were totally ticked off that the sun wouldn’t even peek out after all of our prep & travels & hopes. A paraphrase of a frustrated quote from Dinah as she referred to God & the crummy weather, “It’s not like it would be any big DEAL or anything” [if God would just give us a little sunshine]. Dinah could express herself and what she was feeling so perfectly.

    Working & laughing, for a time, alongside Julie who was (and I’m sure still is) an amazing treasure.

    Loving Becky’s sense of humor which was a lot like her mom’s.

    Even with their hands & house full with their own kids, Ruth & Frank were always welcoming to one more. I sat at their dinner table a few times, and one of the dishes I remember Ruth making was “green rice”. I don’t have her recipe anymore, but somehow, it came to mind and I had a hankering for it tonight. So I’m attempting a version of it (rice, spinach, cheddar cheese, milk, egg, seasonings). Yum. It made me think of her tonight so I came to tell of it.

    Hope you Ramseys are doing well. ?, JoAnn

    JoAnn Miller - September 16th, 2011 at 6:24 pm
  16. When I was ten years old I visited Aunt Ruth and Uncle Frank (and my cousins Todd, Susan, Dinah, Marsha, Julie, Becky, and Jennifer) in Seattle from my home in New Mexico. Uncle Frank took me fishing on Puget Sound while the cousins were in school. We didn’t catch fish but I caught one crab. When we returned to Filbert Drive, Aunt Ruth was busy fixing a large dinner for many people. Although she had plenty to do already, she took the time and trouble to steam that crab for her desert dwelling nephew, making a ten year old feel very special and very loved. Heaven has a special place for charitable, loving angels like my Aunt Ruthie.

    Gregg A. Hakkila - June 23rd, 2010 at 9:10 pm
  17. Today is the third year of Ruth’s departure from this earth to be with the Jesus she loved. The loneliness and grief of my great loss has not diminished and probably never will! After a trip to the VA, with son Todd, for hearing aid repair & wax removal from my ears, we dined at Denny’s. On returning home, Susan informed me that she was moving into the University District and would be involved in a project with her former Christian Church. She says she is very pleased to be back in Seattle as the air is good and the people very friendly.
    Hopefully this move will be the answer to all of her needs & desires as she feels this is God directed!

    Frank Ramsey - March 10th, 2010 at 12:18 am
  18. After more than 3 months of dealing with a liver infection & C-diff, I am back at my home. I received excellent care at the Veteran’s Hospital, Bothell Care Center and especially at Jennifer & Leo’s special apartment with a stay at each facility of around one month. As daughter Susan will be living with me, the family has been cleaning and distributing furniture, bedding, dishes, etc. that mother, Ruth had planned for them to have as well as memorabilia. It was a great delight to me to see their great interest in these items and a relief to have them gone and delivered. Our plan was to make more room for Susan and I think this was accomplished. The girls celebrated, Dinah’s birthday by eating at one of Ruth’s favorite places, the Mongolian Grill yesterday after finishing their hard work. I am very proud of them and gratefull for the great work accomplished and mother, Ruth would agree.

    Frank Ramsey - January 24th, 2010 at 11:05 pm
  19. to me ruth ramsey wasn’t only my grandma she was my friend. she was a great women she loved god, people, and animals. i rember seeing her at family get togethers and i was very happy to see her. i also remeber when i herd she was in the hospital my sister said that she fell down stairs and could only remeber so little. when i went to go see her i was worried that she may not remeber my name but when i walked into her room and she said “hi cana” and she looking at me i was so happy and she was doing soo much better i thought she will be ok but then one day i heard that she was not doing well her charts were very low and then i went to go see her another time she was in a coma i was very sad i almost cried and then the doctors talk to my family about her and that her time was up all day i was at school and just wandering what was going on then i ask my dad when i got home and he said that she is going to die i cried so much that i could not believe that this was happening i lost my grandma but god knows when her time is up and she in a safer place with god and she is in no pane any more halijah for that.

    cana sherwood - January 3rd, 2010 at 11:13 pm
  20. This week-end, July 25 & 26, I was able to accomplish a desire of many years; establishing a Ramsey/Ramsay tent-booth at the Scottish Highland Games located in Enumclaw, Wa. for the first time. Even though the weather was extremely hot, all of the events continued and our family members were present to participate. To know my family heritage stems from such a great ethnic blood line who have greatly impacted our country, from the American Revolution to the present, is a source of pride that few can claim and this pride is being transmitted nation wide in these games. Family participation is enjoyed in the dancing, bag pipe bands and athletics, this being the 63rd. meeting in the area speaks volumes. What a grand, wholesome, family event this is. Many Ramseys inquired about their genealogy and we were able to direct many to those who could help them in their research. It was very rewarding to me to relate the knowledge I had garnered over the years to them because I began my search in a similar position and it was a great blessing to get any help. It was a marvelous time for me and I am grateful for all of the wonderful family participation. Ruth’s absence always leaves an emptiness as we shared our family joys as one.

    Frank Ramsey - July 27th, 2009 at 8:31 pm
  21. As I was watching the Bill Gaither special on television, the featured performer was Larry Ford. Ruth loved to hear this Irish tenor, who is also a pastor in Fort Meyers, Florida. Although Ruth and I have seen and heard him many times at churches as he made personal concerts, we were always overwhelmed by his singing & sincerity He emptied himself to his audience at every session and he had a lot to give. Listening to Larry singing today, not only brought back beautiful memories of our mutual admiration of this wonderful talent but he deepened our walk with the Lord as we absorbed the gospel messages, in song, together.

    Frank Ramsey - July 11th, 2009 at 6:34 pm
  22. Sixty years ago today, April 27th, my parents, Frank Ramsey and Ruth Benedict, promised to love and cherish each other until “death do us part”. They fulfilled that promise to God and each other when just shy of their 58th wedding anniversary mom left the arms of her husband for the arms of her Savior. I honor them both for their commitment to the marriage covenant and setting an example for those who have come after them. I miss you Mom! I love you Dad!
    Daughter Julie

    Julie Edmonds - April 28th, 2009 at 12:06 am
  23. Having spent a week in Oregon to visit family and attend the stage production of the Biblical Book of Ruth—-put on by the Edmonds family actors and their church members, which included professional producers and actors, at the Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham—I was delighted to have received a large & old ” The Complete Domestic Bible” (12x10x4) from Greg Ramsey in Clarion County, Pa. upon returning. He had contacted me earlier and on learning that it had belonged to James Harvey Ramsey (my great grandfather’s brother who was a Civil War Veteran), was anxious that I should have the Bible for the price which he purchased it ($5.00). I am thankful for the DNA testing & grouping of the Ramsays/Ramseys family which opened the way to such a great interaction & friendship. I also received an application to establish a Ramsay/Ramsey booth for this year’s Highland Games event in Enumclaw, Wa. on July 27,28. It took a genealogy presentation to pass their scrutiny of my Scotch Ancestry and allow an application to be considered. Fifty years ago, I had no proof of my lineage, and was denied the opportunity of learning to play the bag pipe or learn to do the Highland Fling. Although Ruth made some skirts and ties from the red Ramsay Tartan for the family, she was grateful that I was denied the bag pipe and dance. Hopefully we will stimulate our family’s interest and some interaction with other Ramsey families in the area and make this an annual family gathering as it is declared to be the 6th. largest event in the U.S.A.

    Frank Ramsey - April 6th, 2009 at 1:20 pm
  24. Today marks two years since the death of Ruth; however, her absence still leaves a heartache to many of us. She loved her family and, in turn, she was much loved by all! Many additional family members have been added to our clan in those 2 years, namely: Doug Bensen, Eva, Karis & Titus, Alexander & Arne, Hudson & Josiah, Ellie, Christopher Jr., George, Simeon, & Isaiah which bring our total to 77. The number seven stands for perfection/completion in the Bible but so far I haven’t found the application to us, if there is one! God has blessed us & given us the desire of our heart to which we all can bear testimony. How we all miss the thrill and enthusiasm that Ruth displayed, with great joy, announcing that each birth was unique and a very special gift from God, to the family.

    Frank Ramsey - March 9th, 2009 at 10:24 pm
  25. Travel was limited this Christmas season due to 2ft. of snow and slippery roads. Dinah,Jim, Jerod & Colton came by Christmas eve in their 4 wheel drive and we all went to Todd’s home for Christmas goodies and fellowship with Sheryl’s family. They,too, are grieving for their loss of Brian as we are with Ruth. After returning home, I decided to drive to the 10 o’clock church service at Cedar Park which had been a ritual for Ruth & I. I arrived early and sat in the back row, in a candle lit service. Pastor Joe Fuiten walked up the aisle and stopped to talk as he recognized me. He had prayed for Ruth, in the church lobby, and had recently lost visitation Pastor Thor Stebeck with pancreatic cancer.I told him that I had visited Thor several times and told Thor that he had ” the ticket to heaven that I am hoping for “. Pastor Joe then told me that he was being treated for prostate cancer and was confident of healing as it was in the early stages. I told him that he was a good man and he thanked me. Actually, this pastor is a known giant in the Christian & secular world; locally,nationally & inter-nationally and his loss would be catastrophic. He knew that I was mourning my loss of Ruth and was most sympathetic. The service was very special and I was thankful for God’s choice servant to minister to me as well as to the congregation and for me to survive the slippery roads. On Christmas day, I had brunch and a nice visit with the Schwindt family but the roads were not satisfactory and so later left for home to reflect on former Christmas times rather than attempt to visit other family members.

    Frank Ramsey - December 31st, 2008 at 1:40 am
  26. Hi Dad,
    I’m thinking of you today. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are staying warm. The temperatures have warmed quite a bit down here as I’m sure they have up there, leaving the roads a slushy mess. On Christmas eve we had all the sons here with their wives and girls and it was fun watching the cars attempt to make it up our icy hill. The guys got up from the table several times to go help people push or dig their cars out of the middle of the road. Then they pushed each other out of the ice and snow to get home that night. We had a wonderful Christmas eve together. Alita had memorized much of the Christmas story from the Bible and recited it to all and the guys all shared on the different names of Christ and it’s scriptural context. The past 2 Christmases we have been sick with something and thought we were going to be spared this year. But much of the family has been sick with a cold this week and I was so glad I did not catch it, until after Christmas. Today I sure feel it!

    I think the highlight of the season was going to see the Messiah performed last Sunday. The performance was at an old beautiful Baptist church in down town Portland with domed ceiling, stained glass windows, a full choir, small orchestra and great soloists. The director directed from the harps accord for many of the pieces which was amazing to watch. As you probably know, the entire piece is straight from scripture. It was so well done. I was moved to tears several times with the strength of the lyrics. I don’t know how the vocalists can sing without falling on their face in worship every other song. It makes me think of what heaven will be like and what mom is experiencing already!

    Anyways, I wanted to thank you once again for your generous money gifts to the Edmonds branch of the Ramsey family tree. It’s always astounding to us all how you so faithfully remember each and every family member with out fail. That has made such an impression on our daughter-in-laws, something they have not seen from their own families. Remembering every family member the way you have speaks of the value and uniqueness of the individuals, and in reality honors our Creator. Something that was so evident in the way mom raised us to think and something I pray will be passed on to my children and grandchildren.

    I hope you are doing well and finding God’s purposes in the “winter” of your life. Hope to see you soon.

    Much Love,
    Your daughter Julie

    Julie Edmonds - December 26th, 2008 at 7:21 pm
  27. The few inches of snow have painted the landscape with beauty and softness as I observe the evergreen and fruit trees from our kitchen window. Ruth would be radiant and joyous to see and walk in the snow as she related the delight she experienced as a child, playing and sled riding with neighbors. She shared her enthusiasm for others, all of her life, and we were the beneficiaries! Her unspoken code was that life was to be enjoyed and to be grateful for, regardless of the circumstances. Her tenacity & genius for solving life’s problems was routine, from removing a difficult clothing stain to correcting a messed up life. Her devotion and dedication to family is sorely missed by all. What a jewel and Christian example in ” hard working shoe leather “! Several events have taken place that she would have been delighted to have attended : Our Thanksgiving dinner in the “Upper Room” church building, attended by 55 of us, as we opened in a prayer of thanksgiving, followed by singing the “Doxology”; the birth of our 22nd. great grandchild, Isaiah Steven Heist; the musical festival at Cedar Park Church with Madeline playing the flute; and Cana, in a play at Jesse’s church, as Mary. Other events to come will be Christmas and Christmas Eve church service which was so meaningful to her as we celebrated our Savior’s birth.

    Frank Ramsey - December 18th, 2008 at 5:10 pm
  28. This Sunday, Billy Kroeze preached another excellent sermon about the love and forgiveness of God. We had sung several great choruses & hymns and I had a sensation of the prescence of Ruth overshadowing us from a heavenly perspective. In the pew directly in front of me, was an obnoxiously acting boy & friend of about 14 years. For weeks, we seemed to occupy the same seats and his mother seemed oblivious of his tantrums, although she was occupied with her bible, she didn’t particpate much in the service. Billy seemed to be concentrating on him as he told this story about a mother who was rejected and an embarrassment to her son. She had only one eye and he didn’t want her to visit him at school as the students would ridicule him about having a mother with one eye and he didn’t want her to visit his family as she might frighten his children. She was excluded, deliberately, by him for years and eventually he learned that she had died and left an envelope for him to read. In the letter she told him that the reason she had only one good eye was that he had been born blind in one eye and she had donated one of hers so that he might have a normal life. An altar call was given and to my amazement, here was this young man going up to the front of the church for prayer. I stopped at Ruth’s grave site and had a little talk about all this. When I got home, the similarity of Ruth’s sacrificial giving up of her previous religious convictions, so that her children & husband could worship God as a family in the same church, was another reminder of her great love for me and family. What great things God has done for us, and continues to do, in the Christ centered spiritual realm! We were both ever amazed at God’s using our family for a witness and His glory. Our prayer has always been that none be lost!

    Frank Ramsey - December 7th, 2008 at 5:12 pm
  29. I have a lot of dreams about my grandma. She is always an angel in my dreams, helping me get through a hard situation, much like she was and did here on earth. I miss her a lot, especially around the holidays.
    Thanksgiving is tomorrow grandma and I know you are looking down on your family. We are a lot bigger than we were just two years ago, when you were able to be with us.
    I had my son 5 months ago. I am so thankful for my mother in my life teaching me how to mother. I am so thankful for you grandma, teaching my mother how to mother. We were so lucky to have you for the time we did. I am filled with joy, with the thought of seeing you again. I love you, I miss you terribly, and I will see you very soon!

    Tonya xoxoxoxo

    Tonya Thogersen (granddaughter) - November 26th, 2008 at 10:40 pm
  30. A dear, Christian, co-worker at Morgan’s Bible Book Store
    ( Alice Swempke ), wrote this for Ruth & included it on a picture of Ruth & I taken at our Grove City College dance in October 1949! Ruth had this hung on our bedroom wall these many years, to reflect upon!

    ” Frank and Ruth Ramsey ”
    –on your ” 25th. orbit ” ( wedding anniversary )
    –April 27th. 1974

    ” The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.” Psalm 126:3

    Together Still———
    Let me hold your hand as we go uphill,
    We’ve shared our strength and we share it still.
    It hasn’t been easy to make the climb,
    But the WAY was eased by your hand in mine.
    Like the lake, our life has had ripples too,
    Ill-health, and worries, and payments due,
    With happy pauses along the way—–
    At the foot of the slope, we will stop and rest,
    Look Back, if you wish; we’ve been truly “blessed”!

    Spared the grief of being torn apart_______
    By death, or Divorce, or a broken heart.
    The view ahead is one of the BEST——
    Just a little bit farther, then—–rest!
    Moving more slowly, but together still,

    Frank Ramsey - November 20th, 2008 at 2:53 pm
  31. My mother’s house …
    woven with the threads of compassion
    tied with the cords of patience
    and laced with the silk of love
    made up
    My father’s house…
    built with the strength of endurance
    hewn with the call to stability
    constructed with the beauty of courage
    God bless the two pair of hands
    that held…
    that endured…
    that received the wonderful gift of family, and brought it to birth.
    For here is a monument
    erected in our hearts and minds to stand forever
    a pattern of joy and loveliness
    (written at age 17)

    Dina - November 11th, 2008 at 11:29 am
  32. As I am copying the VCR tapes to DVD discs, many memories rekindle the joys experienced by Ruth and I and the great grief to me, and others by her death. ” Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. ” Matthew 5:4.” Grief is the price we pay for love & to love deeply is to grieve our losses deeply “, someone has said.

    Your gentle face and patient smile, With sadness we recall.
    You had a kindly word for each, And died beloved by all.
    The voice is mute and stilled the heart, That loved us well and true, Ah, bitter was the trial to part, From one so good as you. You are not forgotten loved one, Nor will you ever be, As long as life and memory last, we will remember thee. We miss you now. our hearts are sore, As time goes by we miss you more, Your loving smile, your gentle face, No one can fill your vacant place.

    ” It Takes A Heap Of Livin’ ”
    It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,
    A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an ye sometimes have t’ roam
    Afore ye really ‘preciate the things ye lef’ behind
    An’ hunger fer ‘em somehow, with ‘em allus on yer mind.
    It don’t make any difference how rich ye get t’ be,
    How much your chairs an’ tables cost, how great yer luxury;
    It ain’t home t’ ye, though it be the palace of a king,
    Until somehow yer soul is sort o’ wrapped round everything.
    Home ain’t a place that gold can buy or get up in a minute;

    Afore it’s home there got t’ be a heap o’ livin’ in it;

    Within the walls there’s got t’ be some babies born, and then, Right there ye’ve got t’ bring ‘em up t’ women good, an’ men; And gradjerly, as time goes on, ye find ye wouldn’t part, With anything they ever used — they’ve grown into yer heart; The old highchairs, the playthings,too, the little shoes they wor ye hoard; and if ye could ye’d keep the thumb marks on the door.

    Ye’vegot t’ weep t’ make it home, ye’ve got t’ sit and sigh, An’ watch beside a loved one’s bed, an’ know that Death is nigh; An’ in the stillness o’ the night t’ see Death’s angel come, An’ close the eyes o’ her that smiled, an’ leave her sweet voice dumb. For these are scenes that grip the heart, and when your tears are dried, Ye find the home is dearer than it was, an’ sanctified; An’ taggin’ at ye are the pleasant memories o’ her that was and is no more–ye can’t escape from these.

    Ye’ve got to sing an’ dance fer years, ye’ve got t’ romp an’ play, An’ learn t’ love the things ye have by usin’ em each day: Ever the roses round the porch must blossom year by year, Afore they’ come apart o’ ye, suggestin’ someone dear, Who used t’ love ‘em long ago, and trained ‘em just t’ run The way they do, so’s they would get the early mornin’ sun; ye’ve got to love each brick an’ stone from cellar up t’ dome;

    It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home.
    by Edgar A. Guest

    Frank Ramsey - July 9th, 2008 at 11:48 pm
  33. Today would be Ruth’s 80th. birthday! How we would have enjoyed celebrating a large family birthday party for her, as she had for me, on my 80th. birthday! She would have, also, enjoyed the birth of Arne John Thogersen on June 19th., to Tonya & Eric, making our present total of 17 great grandchildren born, to date. Hopefully, the grandparents will film their grandchildren as we have over the years. As I am transferring from our VCR film to a DVD disk, my memory is taken back 20 years when I retired from the county work force and we headed east to visit friends and relatives with our newly purchased Camcorder. Nothing or no one was safe as we photographed everyone and everything for many years, until the Camcorder was unfixable. Even though much editing should be made, the recorded voices of those departed ones are a delight to me, as are other friends and family members we shared many visits with. I am hoping that technical support from others will give me proper guidance as 100 tapes are involved covering the years 1988 thru 1997. As Ruth & I reflected on the thousands of miles we traveled and the places we stayed that were often dangerous, our prayers for God’s protection were answered and we have the film to prove it! However, we learned that growing old is not a state of mind,but a biological fact and we thanked God that we were blessed with such a wonderful family & extended clan and lived long lives to witness His glorious works among us.

    Frank Ramsey - June 23rd, 2008 at 8:54 pm
  34. Celebrating Peter & Julie’s 50th. birthdays, brings to mind that Ruth & I purchased this home 50 years ago this year. We moved here from the Lake City area with our 5 children, after accumulating enough money for the required 25% down payment. It took me 2+ years of saving all of my overtime pay @base pay rate of $1.70/hr. so it took a lot of hard work. Ruth was determined that we purchase our own home as it was getting difficult for large families to rent. We eventually made our attached garage into extra bedrooms to make room for all of us. Many, many family gatherings met here as we added a deck to handle our large, extended family. Our large yard became extra space for grandchildren to enjoy and interact with one another. Ruth was an excellent housekeeper and enjoyed decorating the home,many a visitor remarked how pleasant & comfortable it appeared. She was happy and content here and made everyone feel welcome. This was her palace and she was the unchallenged loving queen. If these walls could talk, they would drench us with her works!

    Frank Ramsey - June 13th, 2008 at 6:51 pm
  35. Yesterday, June 2nd., I attended the funeral of a friend, Gordon Jorgenson, at Northlake Church, where services were held for Ruth, a little over one year ago.He and wife, Lillian, had come to Ruth’s service, although in poor health, so I knew they considered us good friends. Gordon had heart by-pass surgery and in 1988, he had visited me at home,to encourage me in my rehabilitation. Ruth & Lillian were friends, having met while working together in the church nursery. [ When I remember the many years that Ruth spent caring for babies in the church nurseries, it is amazing that Becky & Jennifer made a career doing the same thing] The Jorgensens were married 59 1/2 years and were part of our west of 50 group. Lillian, like Ruth, was more socially active, while Gordon and I were less so, but willing to participate in their involvement. Pastor Tom Howard’s wife, Marty, lost her husband 4 years ago and as we again counted the number of her grandchildren, our 26 still exceeds their 24. Gordon Jorgenson was from a family of 16 children, 8 boys and 8 girls, so I’m sure their numbers surpassed ours.

    Frank Ramsey - June 3rd, 2008 at 3:47 pm
  36. Today, Memorial Day, May 26th., a navy chaplain was the main speaker at the Floral Hills Cemetery event and the grave sites were decorated beautiful with flowers and flags. I had used pink blossoms of our rhododendrums and lillacs, that were in bloom in our back yard, to decorate Ruth’s grave site. (This date was called Decoration Day, when Ruth & I were children). Lieutenant Commander, Brian J.C. Haley played on the 1978 a AAA State Championship Football team at Snohomish High School and has been thoroughly schooled in the Nazarene denomination. His active duty included Iraq, where he comforted many dying marines & prepared others to meet their Maker.Afterward, I visited our grave sites & saw that a flag had been put at my site, as I have served in the military, and that should continue, when I actually am occupying the grave. Sadness & loneliness for my wife, at this time, overwhelmed me and I headed home, again.

    Frank Ramsey - May 26th, 2008 at 8:39 pm
  37. Grandma’s Religion

    2 Tmothy 1:5-7 ” For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline”.

    Paul is reminding Timothy that his faith was impregnated to him by a grandmother & mother, who were sincerely serving God. As I listen and see the Godly influence Ruth has impregnated on her family, both as mother and grandmother, I am aware of her living testimony – -for the glory of God . ( I am reminded of the man who was handing out Christian tracts and was asked by a man who was illiterate, what is this? On being told that it was a tract, he admitted he couldn’t read the tract but reminded him that he would be watching ” his tracks”). God is not limited to “tracts” or “tracks”, however, but can also be:
    1) Revealed thru creation
    A. He is creator of all things.
    B. He is the controller of the universe.
    2) Revealed thru creatures
    A. The miracle of the human body.
    B. The miracle of the blessings of God.
    3) Revealed thru the canon of scripture
    A. In the old testament, the gospel is concealed.
    B. In the new testament, the gospel revealed.
    4) Revealed in Jesus Christ
    A. His virgin birth
    B. His victorious life
    C. His vicarious death
    D. His visible resurrection and return
    5) Revealed in your conscience
    A. A condemning conscience
    B. A convicting conscience
    C. A controlled conscience

    Frank Ramsey - May 13th, 2008 at 1:20 pm
  38. A beautifull, formal wedding, uniting granddaughter Jessica Ische & Douglas Benson in marriage was performed yesterday at the magnificent, outdoor facility known as Liefer Manor in Marysville. The wedding party and reception that followed left nothing to be desired. Dinah worked several months to accomplish this, while also working many hours at her nurse’s job. This is the 1st. wedding that Ruth missed and we all sensed her absence. Many family members wore or carried something belonging to her, in remembrance and placed fresh flowers on her grave as Mother’s Day is today, May11. Jessica announced that she had promised her grandmother that her marriage would be to a Christian man and included this note in her wedding program. ” A candle is lit for Jessica’s grandmother, Ruth Ramsey, who was an amazing and dedicated Christian wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her legacy will continue through her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the many lives she touched. She is surely missed, but we know she is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ”. Thank you, for a courages and accurate testimony, Jessica. Our family numbers have grown from 67 to 74;included are 5 with child, and 2 departed.

    Frank Ramsey - May 11th, 2008 at 6:41 pm
  39. World War 2 lasted from 1939-1946, however, the United States entered in after the Japanese attacked and sunk most of our navy in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Civilians were required to limit or do without items that were not essential as our military was supplied all they needed to carry out the war. People felt that it was their patriotic duty and cooperated to the fullest extent. Ruth was a teen ager and very proud to have 2 brothers in the service ( Jimmy-Navy & Eddie-Army ) & her father had been in the Army in World War 1. During this time, her mother filled in as a clerk in a hardware store in down town Youngstown, where my father was a walking, traffic policeman. Myself and brother George were also in the Navy and Grandmother Benedict and my dad would converse daily, especially regarding their boys. Ruth, was given the assignment of cooking and cleaning the house while going to school and trying to maintain the peace with the other 3 sisters. It was very difficult and her grades suffered so that she later took extra subjects to obtain enough credits to graduate from high school. Many years later, our only son, Todd, would be inducted into the Navy, during the Viet Nam War, while many hid in Canada to avoid being drafted. Ruth, often confided in me, how proud she was of our families participating in the service of our country and that by the grace of God, our prayers were answered by their safe return home.

    Frank Ramsey - May 9th, 2008 at 11:40 pm
  40. About every 3 years, we would spend our vacation time, traveling to Youngstown, to visit our parents. Sometimes, I had 2 weeks and later 3 weeks of vacation so we were often hard pressed for time as the automobile trip was about 2600 miles. Many states had no freeways and you were directed through many small town main streets with all of the stop signs and traffic lights to hinder our progress. Of course, we took our camping equipment along and after traveling until dark, we would stop at a camp site, place up our umbrella tent and Ruth would bathe each child and place them in a sleeping bag for the night. In the morning, Ruth would make breakfast on our camp stove and after washing, we were again on the road, repeating the exhaustive driving until we reached Youngstown. We usually had just a few days to visit and then head back to Seattle. As I was always pressing for time, I was reminded by Ruth, that on stopping for gas and restrooms, she had 6 to handle while I had only 1 boy to care for. She was very cautious and avoided toilet seats which took extra time. After leaving a service station once, we travelled a mile before we discovered that Dinah was missing, and hurried back to get her. From then on, we took a head count before we traveled on. We thanked God for His provision and protection as we drove these thousands of miles without serious incident or accident.

    Frank Ramsey - May 1st, 2008 at 6:04 pm
  41. Camp sites were plentifull in our state of Washington and many throughout our neighboring states in the 1960′s. We purchased the necessary tent, sleeping bags, stove and utensils and camped often as holidays and weekends would allow. We found this to be enjoyable to Ruth as well as myself and the children and a very economical source of pleasure. Camping in Canada, while enroute to Montreal for the world’s fair, we were approached by 2 black bears and we were rescued by our miniature, black poodle named Jacque who barked continually and threatened to attack them——-from a distance. They finally left and Jacque received a big round of applause from other nearby campers who were equally gratefull. Another frightening time came later as we were on this lonely highway. About 10 or 12 Hell’s Angels on motorcycles followed us closely for several miles without passing and knowing their rotten reputation, I feared the worst, but they veered off suddenly and Ruth & I thanked God for another happy ending.

    Frank Ramsey - May 1st, 2008 at 4:30 pm
  42. Ruth & I drove our Dolphin RV back to Asheville, N.C. to visit Susan. We had assumed that it would be a small rural town with little to see, but to her delight, we encountered scenes and establishments that were unique. It is nestled between the Blue Ridge & Smokey Mountains with huge, beautiful rivers nearby. Grandfather Mountain hosted the Scottish Highland Games and a short drive away we attended a huge outdoor Bluegrass Festival of dozens of bands, which included clog dancing—-new to us. Billy Graham Boulevard took us to his 3 story chapel and then to The Cove, which accommodates Christian seminars for Bible study & preaching on the 2nd. floor. There is a huge porch, outfitted with dozens of old fashioned, wood, rocking chairs, for relaxing and viewing the trees and mountains. The 1st. floor has a museum – like display of dozens of gifts Billy received from notables such as heads of state and religious leaders world wide that were of great beauty & value. We visited places where writers Thomas Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald lived and worked and, although all of this was most enjoyable, the best was yet to come. The Biltmore Estate, a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, built by millionaire George Vanderbilt has each room furnished with treasures gathered from all over the world & is now open to the public, to view and tour. Susan and Ruth spent a day absorbing the wonderful atmosphere of the rooms and the 8,000 acre grounds. Ruth never recovered from the elegance and beauty of the interior decorating and furniture of each room, sharing her joy with me with great enthusiasm, that never diminished. Nothing she had ever seen could compare with such a mansion.

    Frank Ramsey - April 17th, 2008 at 1:46 am
  43. Our home and lives were constantly involved with church, Christian group gatherings and music, ranging from the very classical Handel’s Messiah to Johnny Cash and Blue Grass gospel ballads. Ruth and I enjoyed it all and mingled with many like minded friends, often. As I re-arranged our many tapes, discs, dvds, & cassettes that enhanced our spiritual growth and pleasure, I listened to a group that appeared with the Gaithers. Charles Johnson of ” The Revivers “, a very talented black quartet, sang a song that Ruth incorporated as her own, especially as her balance and walking became a major problem. She loved and sang these lines from his song. ” Down on my knees, I learned to stand and I can’t even walk, without You holding my hand “.

    Frank Ramsey - April 10th, 2008 at 11:34 pm
  44. A very nice tribute to Ruth. She was always kind to us and always warm and cheerful whenever we saw her.

    Brian, Sara, Heather and Erik Ramsey - April 6th, 2008 at 4:29 pm
  45. With the huge addition that Steve & Becky have accomplished on their home in Lake Stevens, I am reminded of a similar circumstance that our friends, Paul & Charlotte McWherter built on to their small home in the Seward Park area. Charlotte was a greeter for an organization called Welcome Wagon, sponsored by the local merchants and Chamber of Congress, to welcome new people into the community, and Paul was an engineer, working at Boeing. Ruth & Charlotte became very good friends and we attended many social events in their small home. Paul decided to build his addition bigger & better than the surrounding homes that were Lake Washington front property and give himself a 180 degree view of the lake, which included seeing the Floating Bridge. They had an old ice cream freezer in their basement and Ruth decided to take it as it was to be junked and Paul promptly attached pulleys and block and tackle to hoist this heavy weight to his 1st. floor to load on our trailer. (We used that freezer for many years to store bread and meat and Ruth never ceased to marvel about this special gift that was so practical and met our needs) Paul’s home addition was probably 3 times the size of Steve’s and took about 8 years of after hour & weekend work that left everyone but himself, very unhappy. The expensive homes around him were furious because he could look down on their swimming pools and into their homes. Ruth and I many good laughs over their situation but it was no laughing matter to the family who had to endure the neighbors disgust for Paul’s work of art.

    Frank Ramsey - April 5th, 2008 at 2:21 pm
  46. Good Friday, March 21st., I was impressed to go to our old church (Alderwood Community) for their 7:30pm service. I would estimate that it holds about 1200 people and it was full. The lights were dimmed and the screen displayed the 3 crosses along with scripture verses relating to Christ’s suffering. As the service began, verses of scripture were read intermittently by a team of six people from Isaiah 53 & Psalm 22 with congregational responsive readings and hymn singing in the mix. Red rose petals were passed through the congregation to take as symbolic of our sin and this was taken to a blood stained cross in front and exchanged for a white rose petal to symbolize Christ exchanging our sins and making us clean as we trust in Him to be our sin bearer. Near the cross, there were baskets containing broken pieces of bread which were dipped in a nearby bowl of grape juice and taken to similate communion which the Lord directed us to do in rememberance of His body & blood sacrificed to redeem us for a SIN HATING, HOLY GOD. More hymns and choruses were sung before heading home. How I missed Ruth not being there among the friends and the church she always held so dear. As I was leaving, I talked with the Cospers and in the hallway encountered the McClennens, whom we had known and sent support money to, who were with Missionary Aviation Fellowship in Brazil for many years and remembered Ruth and I very well. While chatting with Joe & Betty, Pastor Tim Walton came by and we all joined in to discuss our adventures with the Seattle Bread of Life Skidroad Mission directed by Sister Jennie O’hare. Ruth knew all of these people and has entertained most of them in our home. How I longed to see her smile and joyous reaction to again seeing dear friends of yesteryear whom she loved and admired but I know that they picture her as they greet me for she was always “a people person” and we were rarely separated.

    Frank Ramsey - March 22nd, 2008 at 1:27 pm
  47. March 17–Saint Patrick’s Day–Set aside, to honor the patron Saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the then pagan Irish, and evangelized the whole island. Many tales are told of him; that he came from England and that he performed many miracles in his ministry, which included eliminating the snakes from Ireland. Many Irish celebrate by drinking excessively and being very boisterious. Ruth’s mother was very Irish, also, ( Peggy O’Neill ) but a committed “non-alcholic drinker ” ; however, wearing a shamrock ( which represents the Trinity ) or something green was a tradition which Ruth continued and her children got a pinch if they failed to remember. On checking to see if family members were aware of the day, I was happy to learn that they were all continuing the tradition. It is another reminder of our own Christian character that Ruth instilled in our lives in so many delightful ways. ” Little is much, when God is in it “.

    Frank Ramsey - March 18th, 2008 at 1:08 pm
  48. As Palm Sunday approaches, my thoughts go back to our trip to Israel and the top of the Mount of Olives, where Jesus descended on a donkey toward Jerusalem as described in the gospel of Luke 19:28-48. Our small group had a small lunch in a little Arab restaurant in Bethany, (home of Martha,Mary and Lazarus), just a couple of miles from the top of the mount of Olives. Arriving from Bethany, instead of descending toward Jerusalem, we descended the northern slope and discovered the tomb of Lazarus carved in the hill, and Ruth was thrilled to walk down the steps, carved in stone, to the lower level, where a smooth surface was made for the body to lay and where we had a picture taken together. After this, the 10 year old child, with us, was coaxed to mount the camel for a picture, at the top of the mount of Olives, but he was frightened at the height and was taken down. We all started the descent toward the eastern gate & the temple mount. We discovered caves that had been the tombs of the prophets Zechariah & Malachi as we traveled down the rather steep hillside and we were taken on an interesting tour of the caves as they contained several rooms. Our guide said that he and his family had lived there, for about 10 days, as the battles were being fought around Jerusalem. As we continued the descent of the mount of Olives, toward the Kidron Valley ( where Absalom’s Tomb remains intact), Ruth became aware of the 10 year old boy , now mounted on a donkey and being led by a Bedouin man dressed completely in white, continuing the descent. We were all delighted to see this symbolic scene and Ruth wanted me to offer him money, which I did. He wouldn’t take money but instead gave me a big hug and kissed me on both cheeks, taking me completely by surprise. I confided, to Ruth, that his and the camel’s breath were identical and she had a good laugh as we continued our journey without further incident.

    Frank Ramsey - March 15th, 2008 at 11:01 pm
  49. Chuck Norris was actively engaged in Governor Huckabee’s campaign for president lately and his TV shows are on from 10-12 pm. To shorten my night, I watch his program and it is filmed in Dallas- Ft. Worth, showing the huge buildings of the city from the freeway. It brought back a memory of Ruth and I visiting there and how we were so impressed by the immense size of their buildings. We decided to visit a friend of Dinah’s who lived there. Beth Wray & her husband were assigned to Wycliffe Bible Translators headquarters while awaiting their next missionary journey. Beth had been a member of Alderwood Community Church in Alderwood Manor, Wa. and after joining Wycliffe Translators they were sent to Sudan in Africa as they had studied the Arabic language at the University of Washington. Even though they worked in the Christian area of Sudan, in less than a year, they were forced to leave the country by the Muslim officials. They took us to the Methodist Church in Dallas, where they worshipped and also obtained financial support. Ruth and I were overwhelmed by the size of this beautiful stone structure, which covered about 2 city blocks. Looking across the street, we saw many more similar buildings and were told that it was the campus of Southern Methodist University. We were taken on a tour of the headquarters of Wycliffe Bible Translators and became aware of their great work in various countries and the difficult scholarship involved in translating the Bible into all the known languages of the world. We were truly blessed to realize the word of God was still able to penetrate and convert the heart of any willing to receive it.Sometimes they spent years learning the language and teaching the natives how to read their own language, along with carefully wording their newly developed Bible to describe things that they had never seen. As we left that tremendous metropolis of Ft. Worth- Dallas, we decided to visit another large, glass- faced church that was located on a large lake. It was pastored by a popular TV personality named Larry Lee. The showmanship displayed by their worship team, insulted any rational mind and when they passed the offering plates a second time because they were not satisfied with the amount taken the first time, Ruth got up and motioned for us to leave & we did before Larry started to preach. We left for Louisiana, with Jimmy Swiegert’s headquarters as our next stop, at the time when his popularity was also diminishing; and for good reason. (“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.) Galatians 6:7 . I was concerned that Ruth’s faith would be weakened through these negative happenings but she never waivered.

    Frank Ramsey - March 15th, 2008 at 1:22 am
  50. Granddaughter, Aleah Ruth Schwindt, was wondering if her grandmother, Ruth, had some favorite Bible verses she might record. Psalm 23,34,84,119:11,:89,:105,:113–John 3:3,:16–Book of Ruth were favorites along with many others. As I realized that Ruth has bathed our home with scripture and God awareness items with such subtleness that her extraordinary Christian faith sometimes went un-noticed. To make this known, I have taken an inventory of items,on a room to room basis!

    A) Our Bedroom
    1) Plaque-Ruth-Proverbs 31:20
    “She strecheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth out her hands to the needy”.

    2) Plaque-Frank-1 Cor. 7:22
    “For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he is—Christ’s servant”.

    3) Picture-Our 1st. year married–Psalm 126:3
    “The Lord hath done great things for us, wherof we are glad”. Also a silver metal cross,with 25 on it, designating our 25th wedding anniversary.

    4) Small wall mirror-Matthew 5:12
    “Rejoice for great is your reward in heaven”, etched in it.

    5) Picture of Christ with palm fronds from a Palm Sunday Church Service placed behind it.

    6) A copper engraving of the Last Supper on chest of drawers.

    7) A small card on the dresser with Psalm 118:24
    “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it”.

    B) My Computer Room

    1) Pictures of Christ in prayer and a beautiful metallic dove holding an olive branch with Psalm 97:1
    “The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice”.

    2) A huge Bible genealogy chart with the caption of Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” with a map of Israel alongside of it.

    3) A large banner, pottery, along with bottles of water from the Dead Sea and Jordan River to remind us of our journey to the Holy Land.

    4) A huge picture of Jesus with cracked liberty bell & dove (symbolizing the Holy Spirit), Painted by our friend Beth Swigert.

    5) A small plaque with a gold cross imbedded with the poem “Footprints in the Sand”.

    6) A small, circular,wall hanging,scripture verse
    Hebrews 13:6 “The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man shall do unto me”.

    C) Bathroom

    1) Hanging on the wall in the toilet area is a blue & white plaque with the caption “His banner over us is love”. Song of Solomon 2:4b

    2) A small wooden plaque with the saying ” One plus God is a majority”.

    3) Near the sink is a clock with a glass cover inscribed with Isaiah 40:31 ” But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint”.

    D) Kitchen

    1) A stone plaque hanging under shelf cabinet reads ” The Lord is my shepherd ” Psalm 23

    2) A pewter plate saying “Give us this day our daily bread” Luke 11:2-4 (Lord’s Prayer)

    3) At window over the sink is a plastic word “Love” from 1 Cor.13:13

    4) On refrigerator, a verse from Hebrews 12:2,:3 “Looking unto Jesus the Author & Finisher of our faith, Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest you be wearied & faint in your own mind”

    E) Dining Room
    A wood fish with Greek letters IXOYE engraved (Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior) hanging over the entrance to Ruth’s TV room.

    F) Ruth’s TV ROOM

    1) On wall, a pewter plate saying “I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life, He gave me life that I might enjoy all things”.

    2) On the wall, a wood plaque saying I asked Jesus “How much do you love me? And Jesus said ” This much-” And He stretched out His arms and died.

    3) A small plaque on a table states Proverbs: 17:6 “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, And parents are the pride of their children”.

    4) A picture of Ruth & I set in a ceramic holder with the words:”The everlasting God, Creator of all the Earth”.


    1) A large picture, with clock, of the marriage supper of the Lamb. Rev. 19:6 – 9

    2) A large tapestry over the couch. John 15:8 ” This is my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit”–

    3) At the entrance on the wall, a scripture verse Proverbs:24:3,4 ” Through wisdom is an house builded, and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches”.

    4) A stained glass window depicting the Holy Spirit (dove) descending on all of the family ( each birthstone color represents each one of us and is displayed as a rainbow) Matthew 3:6, John 3:3-8


    1) The 10 Commandments. Exodus 20
    ” And God spake all of these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God —-
    Thou shall have no other gods before me
    Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image
    Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
    Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
    Honour thy father and thy mother
    Thou shalt not kill
    Thou shall not commit adultery
    Thou shalt not steal
    Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
    Thou shalt not covet

    2) A wood sign engraved with “God Bless This House”

    3) A golden metal embossed 12 inch cross.


    A small,metal fish with ” JESUS ” on the trunk of the car.


    Ruth had several cross necklaces to display her authentic Christianity. ( Our great loss is heaven’s great gain)

    Frank Ramsey - March 12th, 2008 at 7:45 pm
  51. It was a great blessing to me for family to share this day of the anniversary of Ruth’s departure. Vanessa & Nick, Matthew, Jim & Dinah, Becky & Steve and myself all met at The Country Harvest Buffet for lunch and wonderful fellowship. Later, some of us gathered at Ruth’s grave site and reflected on the fond memories indelled in our hearts and rededicated ourselves to continue her legacy as best we could. Steve replaced a leaking faucet with a new fixture and relieved me of a very difficult job. The love and attention, that was given me, made a very grevious time very pleasant and I am most grateful to all of them.

    Frank Ramsey - March 10th, 2008 at 12:43 am
  52. Today marks 1 year of my dear mother’s home going. These past months have been a bitter sweet time for me. The year has been dark and difficult. I have thought of her every day and the impact she had on so many. It has been a physically weak year for me and I have spent many days in bed suffering with a similar condition I know she suffered with in her earlier years. We have visited my parent’s home where everything screams of her absence and the thought of Dad there without her is difficult to bear. But today brought blue sky, sunshine, tulips, daffodils and a walk to the park with my precious granddaughter. Mom would have loved to have joined us and we would have loved her to be with us. But how glorious it must be to be where there is no grieving, and there is no sun because her Savior’s presence illuminates all. I too am looking forward to joining her when my work her on earth is through.

    Julie Edmonds - March 9th, 2008 at 10:21 pm
  53. Tomorrow, Sunday, March 9, about 9 P.M., marks 1 year since my dear Ruth departed this world. Continuing to grieve, my first thought was to spend the day in fasting and isolation to continue my grieving in rememberance of her. Ruth was almost always upbeat and positive and I was impressed to follow her example and so provided a fresh bouquet for her grave marker and flowers for the window box. My grief continues forever, however, I recall David praying & fasting for the life of his child by Bathsheba as recorded in 2 Samuel chapter 12. The child died and he ate and washed. He spoke to those around him saying that now that he is dead, why should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him but he shall not return to me. My strong desire is to go to Ruth, having lived such a delightful, fulfilling, joyfull, long life, blessed by the Lord, which few men will ever experience or appreciate more. I am anxious to follow her lead so I pray that I will be next, since I have seniority!

    Frank Ramsey - March 8th, 2008 at 11:17 pm
  54. While talking to Aaron James this morning, I recalled that Ruth and I experienced some difficult times, financially, having been laid off at the Boeing Company on 2 different occasions. The 1st. time, I traveled back to Youngstown, Ohio alone in our Rambler station wagon and left Ruth here in Bothell to care for the family. I had been using recycled rmotor oil in my car as it was only $1.98/2 gal can. Many truckers spoke well of this product which was produced from dirty crankcase oil and available in all states. My motor was burning oil and so I used this as I was driving to Ohio. The exhaust was so smokey that I drove at night in congested areas to avoid being cited as a ecological menace and followed close to trucks having smokey exhausts to avoid detection. I used 5 two gal cans of oil going each way and I’m sure that record has never been equaled. Although I did find work in Hubbard,Ohio, Ruth phoned me that Boeing had my old job for me and so I drove home with a present of 5 rings of cooked Polish sausage to eat on the trip——provided by my Polish brother in law, Ted Kacharski. Ruth said that I smelled like a garlic factory but was delighted that we could stay in Bothell and we had great laughs as I described the oil consumed by the car.
    My next Boeing layoff was in the early 70′s, which lasted about 8 months and we were sustained on unemployment and it took all the ingenuity Ruth could muster for us to survive as a family. We needed help for the 1st. time in our married life and required food stamps to feed the family which embarrassed us so much that we soon gave it up as the county was hiring people and I went to work for them. Boeing had a layoff of 55,000 people from 105,000 employees and it was at that time that those leaving the area put up a billboard saying ” The last one leaving Seattle, please turn out the lights”. We stayed and we are so thankful we did!

    Frank Ramsey - March 8th, 2008 at 9:07 pm
  55. As I gazed out of our kitchen window, over the sink, my view of the yard reminded me of our days when we had (on 2 occasions) milking cows. Due to our limited grazing space in the back, we had to buy a lot of hay and to allow grass to grow, shoveled each cow platter into a large pile and a nearby neighbor hauled this away to fertilize his garden. I was not always as prompt at doing this as I should and walking through the yard at night and not stepping into these was akin to walking through an explosive mine field. A dear, sweet, neighbor girl, Donna Anderson, who lived directly in back of us, would sometimes babysit our 7 kids for $1.50 an hour plus brave that night walk through the back yard and never complained but was ever smiling and joyous. ( She reminded me of Ruth). We were soon planning our summer trip back to Youngstown,Ohio to see our parents and so sold our cow to a neighbor, who in turn sold it to a family with children. On our return from Youngstown, we learned that during an electrical storm, Betsy, our cow was struck by lightning and died.
    We missed having fresh milk, and so a neighbor, adjoining the Anderson’s yard, was interested in raw milk and so we struck a deal. This McFarlan family had room for grazing and a shed for milking and storing hay. The agreement was for me to pay 1/2 of all costs and do all of the milking. Chuck McFarlan was blind and had a hook for a right hand as a result of injuries suffered in WW 2, had 4 children and a devoted wife. They belonged to the Herbert Armstrong Congregation and adherents to a strict Levitical diet along with all of the other demands required. Our arrangement was amiable and our families became very friendly. Chuck was a marvelous mechanic and had a shop in his garage, making bicycle parts for an agency and even replaced an ignition switch in my car. At times, I would go into his shop to get grain for the cow and on turning on the light switch, would see him working away grinding steel on a grinder with sparks flying everywhere. He would say to me not to turn on the light for his sake. He was truely a miracle for overcoming adversity, having demanded Boeing Co. to rehire him on his discharge from the army, which they were required to do.( He did work there for several months and they apparently were embarrassed and moved him into a secluded spot that was not to his liking and so he terminated his employment with them). Eventually his oldest daughter took over the milking and I sold him my half of the cow and dissolved our partnership. Now, for the rest of the story—-several weeks later, I was told that they had painted the shed, where the cow was milked, and the cow apparently licked the paint and died.
    Ruth desired to have unpasturized milk to drink and so we found a farm that sold it, which was very close to the Bothell High School, thus delivering me from the milking chores and allowed a more pleasant schedule for all of us.

    Frank Ramsey - March 4th, 2008 at 5:18 pm
  56. The book of Ruth has held very special significance to Ruth and I. On our wedding night, in a hotel in Cleveland,Ohio,
    Ruth confided to me that she never liked the name of Ruth. To me, it was a favorite as I had a very wonderful cousin with that name and so associated my wife with her likeness. My conversation didn’t change her mind until, in my then limited Bible knowledge, remembered a book in the Bible was about Ruth. Reaching into the drawer of the night stand, I found a Gideon Bible and I read to her the wonderful commitment Ruth made to her mother in law, Naomi. As we continued the story, it revealed the beautiful character and reputation of Ruth as she gleaned in the fields for their necessary food and showing Boaz as her kinsman redeemer and eventual husband. Ruth was very impressed with such a delightful love story and that her name was taken from the Bible. We often reflected on some of the similarities experienced with her and the Ruth of the Bible, especially that they were both grandmothers of a Jesse. Little did I realize at that time, that Boaz exemplified the redemption story of Christ, who purchased us for His own, not with money but with His death on the cross.

    Frank Ramsey - February 20th, 2008 at 2:34 am
  57. Seeing this year’s calendar for February having 29 days, reminds me that I retired in a leap year 20 years ago on February 29th. I was 63 years old and Ruth was still 59 years of age. Looking at the cam corder film is a grim reminder that we purchased our camera that April before crossing the U.S.A. in our blue van and no movie film exists for either of us prior to that time. We considered ourselves very fortunate to be in reasonable good health and mobile, although Ruth had hip replacements and other operations some years previously, prior to our trip. We had enough retirement income to live comfortably and we made several more trips, including our journey to see Julie & Peter’s family in Anchorage on the Alcan highway. In 1991, I had a heart attack and was operated on for a triple by pass. Ruth alerted dozens of people to pray for & visit me and God spared me for all of these years. My health remains good and Ruth functioned well for many years although often plagued with skin outbreaks that would swell and ooze, causing much pain and discomfort. In the last few years operations for carpal tunnel on both wrists ,accupuncture treatments, heart fibulation treatments & a replacement knee did slow her down but not her love for life.Her family participation did not diminish until diagnosed with a brain tumor which affected her walking and balance. Although we mobilized many to pray for her and our own inability to home care for her became rapidly apparent, the ensuing hospital care was also unsuccessful although she agonized for several months in their care before expiring. What a marvelous battle for life she generated, in spite of the horrible chemicals and medicines that were injected in her through painfully inserted pict lines. God had brought her through many trials and operations and we were expecting and encouraged continually by the doctors that this would be a success. How much she would have enjoyed the new grandchildren and how delighted the parents would be to share their joy with her. Billy Graham expressed my sentiments when he stated that as he grew old he was amazed at how fast the years rolled by. With Ruth’s death, I now embrace the fact that I am old and look forward to joining her. We often remarked to each other that God had blessed us special and few ever shared such a joyous life together. We shared physical, emotional and spiritual togetherness, along with a mutual sense of humor that mellowed out difficulties that came along. Proverbs 31:28
    ” Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her”.

    Frank Ramsey - February 18th, 2008 at 12:23 am
  58. On this Valentine Day, we remember those we love with external expressions of flowers, candy ,cards and other gifts and that is good! Ruth also expressed her love of family in her prayer life that all might acknowledge the love of God and that none be lost for time and eternity! John 3:16 denotes God’s love in this vertical VALENTINE!
    For God so lo V ed the world,
    That He g A ve
    His on L y
    Begott E n
    So N
    T hat whoever
    Believes I n Him
    Should N ot perish,
    But have E verlasting life.

    Frank Ramsey - February 14th, 2008 at 2:50 pm
  59. My desire to have a big celebration for Ruth on her 80th. birthday was a dream never to be. She had a great knack for bringing family and quality friends together for any celebration because she was much loved and admired. (The 320 people, which included more than a dozen pastors of different denominations, were a testimony to that at her funeral). On my 80th. birthday, I was given a surprise birthday party at the Bothell Landing Senior Center which she had rented for the occasion. Most all of the family were there and my girls cooked my favorite meal of spaghetti.( Ruth gave each of us the opportunity to choose the menu on our birthday ). Most of the children would request macaroni & cheese but mine was always spaghetti with meatballs and apple pie for desert. Many of our wonderful Christian friends of many years were there and some great testimonies were given which blessed my heart. Many have gone to be with the Lord in the past 3 years including my beloved wife. Ruth was delighted that I was completely taken by surprise and could hardly believe that I could be so dense as not to notice some of the grandchildren scurrying to get out of sight. It was a complete success and everything was a delight to all. –Hopefully some family member will continue gatherings such as we have enjoyed as a family in the past!–

    Frank Ramsey - February 14th, 2008 at 12:09 am
  60. Like so many others, Ruth and I would express our love to each other with cards that were beautifully embellished with design and wording. As Valentine’s Day approaches, I have found some special valentine and birthday cards that we have kept which were meant to relate that love.


    I love you when I’m happy,
    I love you when I’m sad,
    And gee, I even love you
    When I’m feeling kinda mad—

    I love you when you’re near me
    or when you’re far away—

    And gosh,
    I’m glad I got you,
    ’cause I love you more
    each day!

    Have a Happy 71st. Birthday
    (Her note) We’ve had many Birthdays together. With God’s grace we’ll have more. Love Ruth “1995″

    —–I Love You for So Many Reasons—-

    I love you for that certain smile
    That cheers me when I’m blue,
    I love you for that tender kiss
    That warms me through and through,
    I love you for your kindness
    And your understanding touch,
    Your eyes that somehow seem to say
    “I love you very much”

    I love you for your faith in me,
    Your sweet and patient ways,
    For the many thoughtful things you do
    So often without praise,
    I love you for all these things
    And for a million others, too,
    But most of all–for what I am
    Whenever I’m with you!

    Happy 77th. Birthday
    (signed–your everlovin FERJR. to Ruthie)

    —-My Dream Come True—–

    You stepped out of my dreams
    and into my life,
    turning all that I hoped for
    into reality–
    You stepped out of my dreams
    and found a way to touch my heart
    like it’s never been
    touched before–
    You stepped out of my dreams
    and showed me love
    the way it was meant to be—
    and now I know that you,
    and you alone, are the love of my life–
    my dream come true.

    Happy Birthday–With All My Love
    (signed) Happy 78th my love, FERJR


    How do I love thee?
    Let me count the ways.
    I love thee to the depth
    and breadth and height
    My soul can reach,
    when feeling out of sight
    For the ends of Being
    and ideal Grace.
    I love thee to the level
    of every day’s
    Most quiet need,
    by sun and candle light.
    I love thee freely,
    as men strive for Right,
    I love thee purely,
    as they turn from Praise.
    I love thee with passion
    put to use
    In my old griefs,
    and with my childhood’s faith.
    I love thee with a love
    I seemed to lose
    With my lost saints—
    I love thee with the breath,
    Smiles, tears, of all my life!
    –and, if God choose,
    I shall but love thee better
    after death.

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning


    Frank Ramsey - February 12th, 2008 at 7:08 pm
  61. On Tuesday, I completed financial arrangements with Purdy & Walters and will have my headstone marker engraved and placed beside Ruth. As a bonus, they sent me a booklet labeled “Ruth B. Ramsey” –A Life Remembered– which contains some pictures, poetry, quotes, and pages to enter memories of her. This booklet is trivia in comparison with the web page established by grandson Aaron Edmonds on which I am now writing and we are so gratefull for it and him. There are some very meaningfull quotes and poetry which reflect what we are going through or will in the future and so hopefully it won’t be considered plagiarism if I include some here.

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”


    Should you go first and I remain to walk the road alone,
    I’ll live in memories garden dear, with happy days we’ve known.
    In spring I’ll wait for roses red, when faded, the lilacs blue.
    In early fall when brown leaves fall, I’ll catch a glimpse of you.
    Should you go first and I remain, for battle to be fought.
    Each thing you’ve touched along the way will be a hallowed spot.
    I’ll hear your voice, I’ll see your smile, though blindly I may grope,
    The memory of your helping hand will buoy me on with hope.
    Should you go first and I remain, one thing I’ll have you do:
    Walk slowly down that long long path, for soon I’ll follow you.
    I want to know each step you take, so I may take the same.
    For someday down that lonely road you’ll hear me call your name.

    Frank Ramsey - February 8th, 2008 at 4:39 pm
  62. Today, being Ash Wednesday, is almost exactly 1 year ago when Ruth had her forehead marked with the sign of the cross in ashes by the lady chaplain of the hospital, with my permission. The pastor of our Assembly church has incorporated this Roman Catholic tradition in his Wednesday church service and Ruth and I always participated. This dear lady had a badly crippled foot, 82 years old & faithfully made the rounds encouraging and praying for patients as allowed in most all of the wards of this huge hospital. She knew we were Protestant and was carefull not to interfere with our assigned hospital chaplain but she was much more helpfull and dedicated to sympathize with our helpless condition as I slept in Ruth’s room each night on a makeshift cot and rose early to greet her and the doctors as they made their rounds. As Ruth was in a comatose condition continually, it became my desired responsibility to request nurses and doctors to respond to her every need with haste and so irritated many of them. The lady chaplain was a former nurse herself and encouraged me to persist to make demands as required and not to cease and so I continued, but as we all know, the 6-8 week battle was lost when my dear Ruth expired on March 9th and my recovery from her loss is far from complete even 1 year later.

    Frank Ramsey - February 7th, 2008 at 12:27 am
  63. My mother’s sister, Gladys, went to be with the Lord Jan.29 at the age of 93. She was home cared for by a daughter in Anderson, Indiana where Anderson College grew from a small Bible College established by the Church of God denomination, of which her father was a preacher for many years in the coal mining community of Mosgrove,Pa. and later in Youngstown, Ohio. This denomination was probably the most active and outstanding evangelical group for their early beginnings with radio & street preaching, tent & camp meetings, gospel hymn writing & radio choirs along with Sunday school & church lessons and publications. On a trip back to Youngstown, we decided to stop at the college and check the library for any mention of preacher grandpa Slagle and we found him mentioned in a historical denomination record book several times. This impressed me but much to our surprise, a large sign hung over a building saying ” Warner Press” which made a big impression on Ruth as this material sold big in Morgan’s Book & Bible book store where she worked in Lynnwood. Glady’s continued to belong to this denomination which later had several divisions and sadly, lost much of it’s earlier zeal. Ruth and I knew and loved Glady’s and all of the Slagles of that era. There were 10 children, of whom, I knew 9 intimately and most lavished their affection on me much more than I could consume. Earl was my hero, and when he was killed on manuevers, we all grieved beyond consolation and it shipwrecked my faith for many years although I had accepted Christ as my Savior many years earlier in a Sunday school class at grandma Slagle’s church. 1 John 1:9 finally got me back to the relationship I had lost, ” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

    Frank Ramsey - February 3rd, 2008 at 4:56 pm
  64. Overwhelming joy is within as I experience for the first time becoming a grandmother. Alexander James Schwindt born at 8:36pm on January 28th is our new pride and joy. The birth process was long and difficult but Cami diligently tried every method to get little Lex to turn in the right position and for the cord to move to a less dangerous position in the birth passage. By God’s grace he did and Cami and Brandon are parents of a 9lb 6oz, 21 3/4 long perfect baby boy. I felt the now familiar ache of wanting to share the news with Mom immediately after the birth. It soon dissipated with the grateful realization that so many others shared our joy. Later, I also realized another emotion of feeling closer to Mom because of sharing yet another experience that she had loved in life. I gladly anticipate this experience again in late June of this year when Tonya and Erik have their dear little one.
    With joy—Jennifer

    Jennifer Schwindt - January 31st, 2008 at 10:26 pm
  65. As I was talking to Jennifer about Cami’s past due date for birth of her baby and the exercises and contorsions that she was going through to change the baby’s position and speed the delivery, I recalled Ruth’s 2 week overdue date with Todd. My grandma Slagle came to help at our home in Grove City and Ruth was more than anxious to start in labor. We assumed that grandma would have the answer to speed things along as she had 10 children with assists from mid-wives who were very experienced delivering babies as large families were the norm in her day. She wisely replied that the old saying was that when the apple was ripe it would fall and she wouldn’t volunteer any further information. I had talked to a man who suggested that riding on a dirt, washboard road nearby might shake things up enough to speed delivery. After a 1/2 hour of speeding up and down this road, we were both shook up but Ruth’s condition remained the same.

    Frank Ramsey - January 28th, 2008 at 11:49 pm
  66. Due to a forced entry of our home, we have begun a pre-mature distribution of Ruth’s belongings among the siblings to avoid possible loss from theft. It was her fond wish to collect many items, including furniture, to be left to her children for a memorial and also for possible monetery gain. She would be very pleased to witness the cooperation and harmony in choosing these items that have great sentimentality to each of them. Although much more is left to remove, I am looking forward to emptying all of these household belongings and replacing anything necessary from other sources if needed. Ruth’s great joy was to give to her family in every way possible and it is a blessing to see the siblings interest in accepting these items. I do remember her wondering how some of our furniture would be distributed but it appears this is being worked out to everyone’s satisfaction. You raised some wonderful children, my dear Ruth, that reflect you, in word and deed!

    Frank Ramsey - January 21st, 2008 at 1:29 am
  67. Our minds & spirits often take us into the realm of unexplainable experiences that often are meant only for that individual. At Cana Marie’s birthday party, she told me she saw her grandmother’s face while looking at other objects, son Todd has dreams of mother, Aleah saw a beautiful rainbow suddenly breaking over grandmother’s grave site in a dark and dreary day, her prescence was felt by me here at home, quite often. It appears that God is getting our attention for something specific for our comfort or an action required. Ruth and I experienced many spiritual annointings in prayer meetings and Bible studies that blessed us but she wasn’t with me at the skid row mission or cemetery incidents that I am relating. At the Bread of Life Mission, a young man preached(Rick Haffner) and a young girl sang & played the guitar(Janet Lapp). The singing was good & preaching was about what God wouldn’t & couldn’t do. At our next monthly meeting, the superintendent(Lee Chase) told me that there was a special annointing and spirit of revival at the mission since the night of our previous meeting. It ended, even though I had brought a very much more learned preacher. We acknowledged that the sovereignty and timing of God was unique and all were blessed by such a one time visitation. Another incident occurred when my sister(Mary Irene Savage) and I were in the Cochrane Cemetery, near Mosgrove,Pa., researching markers of Slagles buried there. It was a bright & sunny day and after checking the dozens of names, we relaxed and as we looked over the beautifully kept cemetery a powerfull prescence of light and euphoria overwelmed me and i excused myself and went to the nearby outhouse to be alone until I could retain my normal stoic composure. I was overwhelmed by His prescence for several minutes and after savoring the moment, I reluctantly went back to where my sister was standing. Assuming this was unique to me alone, I said nothing about it to her;however she said to me “Frank, we are standing on Holy Ground!” Ruth and I visited there some days later without incident; however, cousin Bob Slagle visited some time later from Phoenix and was so impressed that he flew his boys there to absorb the euphoria he had experienced. Romans 11:33,34 ” O the depth of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who has been His counsellor?” ——————- 1Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care on Him, for He careth for you.”

    Frank Ramsey - January 15th, 2008 at 6:55 pm
  68. As I continue to search my genealogy for relatives before 1800, I was reminded of the research Ruth and I did. My mother’s father’s (Slagles) family and my father’s father’s (Ramseys) familycame from the same Armstrong County in Pennsylvania; Ramseys from Parker and Slagles from Mosgrove(near historic Kittanning). Ruth’s father’s father’s family was from New Castle, Pa. but had migrated from Shenandoah Pa. near Pottsville. We spoke to her relatives and checked grave markers in New Castle to establish her line and took a trip to Shenandoah to pick up the trail but found nothing. Many months later, I stumbled across a query on the internet wanting to know where the Shenandoah Benedicts went. This lady, Mary Rose Perry, was related and had all the information we wanted and visa versa. The Benedict women had 9 children and Ruth commented that she had 9 pregnancies with 2 mis-carriages. On the Ramsey research side, we would visit my great aunt, Lillian Parker, in Parker’s Landing and my grandfather’s and great grandfather’s house was still intact as was the Presbyterian & Methodist Cemeteries
    where Ramsey relatives were identified. We also stopped in Fleetwood,Pa. near Reading and visited the Slagle Farm which had been occupied by Slagles since being purchased from William Penn’s sons. We accomplished all of the goals she wanted and my sister wrote a genealogy book on the Slagles so we felt we extracted much for novices.( As we searched the Presbyterian Cemetery, we noticed several nice markers with the name of Edmonds on them and pondered as to their origin.)

    Frank Ramsey - January 12th, 2008 at 10:33 pm
  69. This Christmas the boys were so excited for Santa to come and leave gifts. Lincoln came running into our room exclaiming that Santa had filled his stocking and then started listing off the items in my stocking. Mike and I chuckled and got out of bed. The boys were already knee deep in candy so I sat down on the couch and sorted through what “Santa” had left in my stocking. There were my usual favorite candies, and at the very bottom, a pack of Big Red gum. I was speechless and crying when I turned to Mike who said simply, “I just thought you might be thinking of certain people today.” I am continually overcome by his thoughtfulness towards me and the kids. He has been such a blessing to me, and with our 7th anniversary approaching, I think of Grandma often. On the day we became engaged, she was the one who took pictures of us together. She made us stand in front of the roses, in front of the bushes, sit at the table…it was so fun to have her be so excited for us. She knew what a treasure I found in my husband, and Mike and I talk often about what a wonderful heritage and firm foundation we’ve received from our grandparents.
    I miss you Grandma and I am continually thankful for the influence you had in my life. I love you.

    Genesis Wheeler - January 8th, 2008 at 4:04 pm
  70. Ruth & I moved to Pittsburgh,Pa. when an opportunity to represent the DuPont Co. was made available at their sub-contractor Blaw-Knox. Ruth was anxious to be only 65 miles from family in Youngstown,Ohio and we lived in a nice country setting south of the Liberty Tubes, which allowed 2 lanes of traffic going into and leaving the city. As I was watching the 3 River Stadium Steeler football game where the Monongahala & Allegheny Rivers join and form the Ohio River, I remember Ruth taking a bus from historic Ft. Pitt in town and coming home across the bridge over the Allegheny River, thru the Liberty Tubes and south to our apartment. One day my grandmother Slagle, uncle Ed & aunt Elva Harsney came for a visit from Youngstown and Ruth & Elva decided to drive to the city. Somehow the double lane Tube into town was closed to traffic because of a bridge repair. Although the other outgoing tube had both lanes open they were for out going traffic, however Ruth and Elva took one of these lanes which made them go against the flow. As they managed to make the journey safely, being oblivious to the danger, a traffic policeman on the other end was astounded to see them arrive safely and after they pleaded their case with the officer who threatened them with a ticket, he sent them back home through the same Tube but going in a different direction. This was one of the few shopping trips she made that was unsuccessful and by the grace of God, they were unharmed and she survived to have many more happy shopping days.

    Frank Ramsey - January 6th, 2008 at 1:22 am
  71. Today I went to a memorial service for Pastor Thor Stebeck’s wife Betty who died on Christmas Eve Day. A poem for her seemed appropriate for Ruth also.
    “My First Christmas in Heaven”
    I’ve had my first Christmas in Heaven,
    a glorious, wonderful day.
    I stood with the saints of the Ages,
    who found Christ the truth and the way.
    I sang with the heavenly choir, just think,
    I joined in to sing.
    And oh, what celestial music we brought
    to our Savior and King.
    We sang the glad songs of Redemption, how
    Jesus to Bethlehem came.
    And how they call his name Jesus, that all
    might be saved through his name.
    We sang once again with the angels,
    the message they sang that blest morn.
    When shepherds first heard the glad story,
    that Jesus, the Savior, was born.
    O Dear Ones, I wish you had been there,
    no Christmas on earth could compare.
    With all the rapture and glory,
    we witnessed in heaven so fair.
    You know how I always loved Christmas,
    it seemed such a wonderful day.
    With all of my loved ones around me,
    the children so happy and gay.
    Yes, now I can see why I loved it,
    and, oh, what a joy it will be,
    when you and my loved ones are with me,
    to share in the glories I see.
    So, Dear Ones, on earth, here’s my greeting,
    look up till the day dawn appears.
    Oh, what a Christmas awaits us,
    beyond our parting of tears.
    (I learned that Keith Hudson & Margarite Tornga, whom Ruth worked with at Crista, have joined her in heaven this year)

    Frank Ramsey - December 30th, 2007 at 12:05 am
  72. Exodus 28:15-29, which speaks of the breastplate having all the names of the 12 tribes of Israel engraved and attached in various colors of precious stones on the high priest were designated to be for a memorial before the Lord continually as he went into the holy place, inspired Ruth to buy and wear a ring with all of our birthstone colors. This was to remind her that as parents we were to lift our children and mate up to the Lord continually in prayer. When the ring was damaged, she worked with daughter Becky to design a stained glass window in a new front door that showed a dove over a rainbow of all of our birthstone colors. What a wonderfull concept and testimony that has been to family and others and so it was made part of her grave marker as it will be mine. As I tell my family, mother left some big tracks to follow but only heaven will reveal how gigantic they were.

    Frank Ramsey - December 27th, 2007 at 10:17 pm
  73. Dear Frank you & Ruth have a GREAT Love affair & are a good witness to us all! Thank you for allowing us to see it! A side note Susan O’Neil spells her last name the same way as my Mother & her family. Her name was also Ruth. Love Roy

    Roy Brown - December 23rd, 2007 at 7:19 am
  74. Christmas always remained very exciting and yet very somber to Ruth. She would be certain to attend church to celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and to demonstrate her love for Him. She and her family members were also held in suspense on Christmas Eve by a father that insisted on buying their Christmas tree that evening as the price would be reduced to $.50. Sometimes they would not have their tree until 9:00 p.m. and they would all pitch in to decorate it and place their gifts under it. They would all be near exhaustion but happy that the tree was finally ready to enjoy. It was difficult for me to understand that a father would so disrupt his family by such a late purchase of a Christmas tree as we always put ours up 1 week before Christmas to enjoy. We continued with an early purchase of a tree after we got married so as to avoid any anxiety. Later I learned that her father, Christopher, was born on December 25th and while everyone celebrated Christmas, his birthday was mostly forgotten.

    Frank Ramsey - December 20th, 2007 at 10:37 pm
  75. ” A Christmas in Bethlehem ”

    Our 1st. Christmas in Wilmington, Delaware while working for the Dupont Company; Ruth had a plan to spend it in Bethlehem. It took me by surprise and laughingly she told me that Todd, myself and she would be able to arrive there Christmas Eve if we left early in the morning as it was about 120 miles or so by automobile. She had learned that the Moravian Church had a marvelous display of a Christmas setting that was acclaimed for miles around and she wanted to claim that she had spent Christmas Eve in Bethlehem. We all got into our 1937 Oldsmobile that brother George had given me while we were in college at Grove City College and headed off to Bethlehem. We were very impressed with the display by this very pious Christian Church Group whom I later learned had been a powerful influence on John Wesley who founded the Methodist movement. After a brief visit we left Bethlehem and headed back to Wilmington. Ruth had accomplished another noble goal in her life. ( I later learned that Bethlehem, Pa. was the home headquarters of the then industrial giant U.S. Steel and not many miles from Pottsville where Ruth’s Benedict family settled )

    Frank Ramsey - December 20th, 2007 at 9:35 pm
  76. This week, I was visited by Melissa, Jesse & Joseph with children Elias, Samuel & Hudson.
    Melissa brought tachos with all of the trimmings and we had a great visit. As we were discussing Christmas gatherings by different family members this year, Jesse & Melissa wondered where & when the larger family gathering would be held. I reluctantly had to tell them that none would be held this year as grandma had been the prime organizer for this in the past and if it is to continue some others would have to assume this responsibility in the future. How she looked forward to this gathering and what a great response she got from family members to participate. Although she would spend most of her time in the kitchen helping prepare food to serve or washing dishes, the family gathering was a delight she enjoyed most of all.

    Frank Ramsey - December 14th, 2007 at 1:18 am
  77. This Christmas without Ruth leaves an emptiness that never ends. I am attempting to continue our tradition of placing our nativity scene outside in the corner by the hanging flower bed and lights along the roof line. Somehow I couldn’t find her mantle stable scene last Christmas and that was a great disappointment to her. Remarkably I found it this year and placed it on the mantle, not nearly to her ability and tender touch. She often reminded me that she had purchased that in 1949 ( the 1st year of our marriage) and had celebrated every Christmas since with it on display in our home. It was the sentiment that prevented her from upgrading to something much better because it looks like it won’t survive many more Christmases.I now understand that her family gatherings and traditions built the fond memories of family life we now can share together, a value system based on her sweet sentiment.

    Frank Ramsey - December 9th, 2007 at 10:19 pm
  78. Ruth enjoyed good music and singing. She also seemed to recognize songs and singers that would be well received by the public. She predicted Evie Tornquist would be successfull in Christian circles as well as Norma Zimmer from little old Lake City. Johnny Cash was another favorite of hers, especially when he performed here in Seattle at the Billy Graham Crusade which we attended. We have had many tapes and discs of these artists but the most delightfull to her was Bill Arness, an opera singer now devoted to singing Christian music. Each month, we met for our Friday hymn sing led by Bud Tutmarc at the Richmond Assembly Church. We enjoyed meeting with old friends and singing the hymns that are being ignored or rejected in most churches today. As Bud and Bill were close friends of many years, Bill did many special performances for our group and Ruth would radiate with delight. His performances were near perfect and we felt blessed to have our own special Christian opera singer so near and intimate and the cost was only a freewill offering of any amount. Ruth never tired of him but felt she was in the presence of royalty. As I play his Christmas albumns, I visualize her delight as he performed his mini-concert for us.

    Frank Ramsey - December 7th, 2007 at 11:03 pm
  79. At the Christmas season, Ruth would be busy shopping for family members until the shopping became greater than her physical body could endure and so I convinced her to allow me to give each family member $20. She reluctantly agreed to this plan but it was very disappointing to her. She loved to shop, even if she just looked, and made at least 3 trips a week to the 2nd hand stores for a few hours although she would come home exhausted and would take a nap in her favorite chair before supper. I rarely shopped with her but she never failed to give me a farewell hug and a parting kiss even if she had to walk out in the field to find me. How well we all remember her affection and love which she bestowed on us all so lavishly.Her sweet sense of humor was also a rare gift that convinced me that she was a marvelous peace maker!”Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” Matthew 5:9

    Frank Ramsey - December 4th, 2007 at 12:53 am
  80. “The House that Ruth Built” has been an old cli-che describing the era when a huge New York Yankee Stadium was built to accomodate the baseball fans that Babe Ruth attracted as the outstanding home run hitter of that time. His parents had placed him in an orphanage because he was unmanageable and they listed him as incorrigible even as a child. As a star baseball player, his life style continued to be lewdness and heavy drinking. What a tragic life he lived by burning both ends of the candle. As I was meditating on this, I couldn’t help but compare “The House That Ruth Built” with my Ruth and the far different legacy she left. Her life was one of righteous Christian living and influence in a gentle, joyfull way that persuaded many to follow her example. Her desire was to build a spiritual house as described in 1Peter 2:5 not only in this world but for eternity and she was extremely successfull. She was never known for hitting home runs but she laid up much treasure in heaven. “God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” Galatians 6:7

    Frank Ramsey - December 2nd, 2007 at 12:57 am
  81. Before we got involved in Alderwood Church, we were praying separately to God for spiritual guidance for ourselves. During that time, a wonderfull neighbor, Wally Richards encouraged Ruth to listen to a Christian radio station located on the nearby campus of King’s Garden (Crista). Wally and Ruth shared many a delightfull time discussing the beautiful music and testimonies along with Bible lessons presented. I couldn’t understand why Wally didn’t direct Ruth to some church, but she didn’t. I found myself praying that God would do something spectacular by having someone well known to each of us and the public buried in our nearby cemetery with much publicity. Shortly thereafter, the area was shocked to learn that Mike Martin (Founder of Crista) had died of heart failure in Detroit,Michigan. The body was brought back to Seattle and buried in the nearby cemetery with great sadness and honor as he was much respected and revered throughout the Christian community. Soon we found ourselves going to church with a purpose and enthusiasm that never diminished. Ruth’s working part-time at Morgan’s Bible Book Store and Crista kept her continually in the prescence of many wonderfull Christians who helped and loved her. She, in turn, ministered the love of Jesus to many with much compassion.”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9. We often looked back to where we were and how God blessed us almost beyond our capacity to contain it all as we grew in grace and the knowledge of God through His Word!

    Frank Ramsey - November 27th, 2007 at 2:22 pm
  82. Ruth and I had no formal wedding and only 2 witnesses attending beside the Justice of the Peace and his wife. She saw to it that her 6 girls had formal church weddings in which she planned and took complete charge of all accomodations and church decorations. Our finances were very limited and she did an outstanding job of stretching our resources. She was especially thankfull that in 1 year, 4 daughters were married and she had 2 replacement hip operations and she was able to plan each wedding with accomodations. She loved weddings, especially of family, and was present at all 13 grandchildrens weddings. She had the opportunity to participate in these happy occasions which help fill the void she had missed!

    Frank Ramsey - November 27th, 2007 at 12:32 am
  83. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5 ). Observing many family members this holiday period, I was encouraged by a well known pastor’s comments that people who have suffered a great deal have been brought into a closer loving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Also it causes them to look forward to that day when they will be brought into the presence of the Lord Jesus who will give them the crown of life.

    Poem for thought

    Is there no other way open, God,
    Except through sorrow, pain, and loss,
    To stamp Christ’s likeness on my soul–
    No other way except the cross?

    And then a voice stills all my soul
    As stilled the waves of Galilee,
    ” Can’st thou not bear the furnace heat
    If midst the flames I walk with thee?

    ” I bore the cross, I know it’s weight.
    I drank the cup I hold for thee.
    Can’st thou not follow where I lead?
    I’ll give thee strength. Lean hard on Me. ”

    He concludes that the crown of life means that each of us will have a degree of life in heaven which someone else will not have and if so it will mean a degree of joyfull living there, for Ruth, that few will ever experience. No doubt, heaven’s gain is our great loss but her testimony and legacy remain in us to display.

    Frank Ramsey - November 24th, 2007 at 1:08 pm
  84. As the holidays approach, we remember the ones we’ve lost and how they won’t be with us this year. I have such a great memory of my grandma last Thanksgiving though. She was just starting to get sick and she had been on steroid that made her very hungry. We actually have a picture of her and grandpa sitting at the table eating Thanksgiving dinner and her plate was full of food! I just love the memory that the picture gives me because through her sickness, as long as she could eat, she did!

    Grandma, I will miss you this year as much as I have since you left this earth. The holidays are about family, and love, and I can’t help to remember you and your beauty that you brought to this family. I miss you and love you so much. See you soon, oh, I know you probably already know, but Erik and I are having a baby, at the end of June. I called to tell Granpda and he was excited, as I know you would be too. I love you, Tonya

    Tonya Thogersen (granddaughter) - November 20th, 2007 at 4:36 pm
  85. Being aware of the continuing grief so many of us are experiencing and the impact Ruth’s death & life has renewed our spiritual thinking and commitment, this poem seems to be somewhat meaningfull!

    Afraid? Of What?
    To feel the spirit’s glad release?
    To pass from pain to perfect peace,
    The strife and strain of life to cease?
    Afraid—of that?

    Afraid? Of What?
    Afraid to see the Savior’s face
    To hear His welcome, and to trace
    The glory gleam from wounds of grace?
    Afraid—of that?

    Afraid? Of What?
    A flash, a crash, a pierced heart;
    Darkness, light, O heaven’s art!
    A wound of His a counterpart!
    Afraid—of that?

    Afraid? Of What?
    To enter into Heaven’s rest,
    And yet to serve the Master blest,
    From service good to service best?
    Afraid—of that?

    Afraid? Of What?
    To do by death what life could not—
    Baptize with blood a stony plot,
    Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
    Afraid—of that?

    Frank Ramsey - November 20th, 2007 at 3:32 pm
  86. As I have been gathering pictures of Ruth, I am aware of the beauty so visible in her countenance in the later years. The joy of family gatherings at holidays and weddings and observing and being included in new births of family members contributed much to this beautful change. She gave so very much to the molding and personality of our immense Christian family and the love returned to her, in turn, was a reward she cherished. Several times at the hospital, nurses said how beautiful she looked. As I observed, her appearance was similar to what I had seen before alone. Her skin and clothing glowed and I had a sense of being in the prescence of holiness beyond my comprehension except for a similar description of Jesus, Elijah, and Moses on the Mt. of Transfiguration. We all can give thanks to God, this Thanksgiving, for allowing us to share these many years, in her life and in her dying. The likes of her will not be forgotten or duplicated for which we must give God the glory,however; her countenance being extinguished darkens all of our paths, especially mine!

    Frank Ramsey - November 19th, 2007 at 12:48 am
  87. Our Alderwood Church youth group was developed into a singing choir called the Winsome Singers by a dedicated musician, John Barrows and radio announcer, Ken Gaydos. The girls dressed in formal dresses and the boys in white shirts and dark pants making a very colorfull appearance. The plan was to tour the west coast as far as California, performing their music and testimonies to various churches along the way.It also included a stop at Pat Boone’s home. A greyhound bus was leased and our own Allen Echelbarger was designated driver. Dinah & Julie were part of the group of 43 singers that were going. As we all know, Ruth was a better doer than a talker and she devised a plan to go along, especially since 2 of her girls were going. Somehow, she not only got herself a free ride as a chaperon but took Becky and Jennifer along with a goal to visit her 1st. grandchild in San Diego. Needless to say, she accomplished that and promoted a trip with Todd to visit brother Ed in Phoenix and perhaps cousin Bob Slagle. She accomplished all of that without any help or direction from me. On her return, she told me of all her accomplishments and grinned like the cat that ate the canary.—-”in my name, ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full”. John 16:24

    Frank Ramsey - November 14th, 2007 at 5:41 pm
  88. My entry in our large Bible, indicates that in late August of 1971, a revival sprang forth during the ” Accent on Youth ” week just prior to school beginning. Alderwood Church had long been known for it’s great youth programs both bible centered and social which were usually led by the Doyles, Wagners and Art Joachim. Dinah had been on a door to door witnessing activity along with another small group in the Portland area. They slept and ate at a designated church and she was on a spiritual mission when she returned just prior to accent on youth week. Many wonderfull events of activity were planned starting with a bon fire and weiner roast at Picnic Point beach in Edmonds. Testimonies and confessions were presented and I guess Marsha’s was effective as they came back late that night shouting ” praise the Lord ” and relating how others had been blessed. ( I am glad Ruth and I weren’t there ). They got us out of bed and we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and Ruth almost quenched the Spirit and feared they were acting very pentecostal and sent them off to bed. As the week continued, a deacon and elders meeting was held to discuss this phenomenon going on among the youth in our Presbytrian like church atmosphere. As our pastor was on vacation in California, it was decided that since this was spontaneous, we should do nothing to interrupt it. At least 33 youth made professions of coming to Christ as our young people reached out in their neighborhoods. The week culminated with a program by testimonies and songs by the youth to the church congregation and then coming into that frigid audience to hug and tell them they loved them. Ruth was on cloud 9 and so very gratefull and proud of her children that were such a big part of this week of revival and renewal. ( Asberry College in Kentucky had a similar week and it was recorded and sent to many churches before our occurence at Alderwood but I know of none other)

    Frank Ramsey - November 14th, 2007 at 4:29 pm
  89. Peter Edmonds was relating to me that a recent auto accident had given he and his boys a severe whiplash. I was encouraging him to not close the case too early as I had done when Dinah & Marsha had been hospitalized after being struck by a car while walking and tossed many feet in the air. This happened in Springfield,Pa. when I was transferred to the Boeing helicopter plant for a summer. It seemed that they were recovered with minimum cuts and bruises and as we had an alloted time to get back to Seattle, we closed the case with a pitance for their mental anguish caused by this unrepentant driver who visited them in the hospital laying the blame on them. We drove to Florida and across the southwest, getting back to Bothell a week late for school. It wasn’t until 6 months later that Marsha started having grandmal seisures , sometimes as many as 5 each day. We prayed and alerted every one to keep a close watch on her as she could choke on her tongue. We tried every doctor and hospital to solve her dilema for years and finally settled for medication that lessened the severity but did not stop the seizures. Due to the frequency , she was transferred to a special class in high school and she eventually brought them under control and could function normally. Ruth was again the constant caretaker of handling Marsha’s daily needs and survival through these seizures at home,school,church or on the street while raising 6 other children.( Marsha was about 9 years old at the time of the accident)

    Frank Ramsey - November 14th, 2007 at 2:47 pm
  90. In the “DECISION” magazine, an article was written about the great upset of Michigan by the Appalachian State football team (34-32). Interestingly the hero that blocked the possible winning field goal was Corey Lynch who is engaged to Franklin Graham’s daughter. This small college is located in Boone,N.C. among a beautiful mountain setting. Ruth and I drove to Boone to meet sister Helen, Jodie, and Michael who had rented a motel room days earlier as we were all going to Grandfather Mountain to attend the Scottish Highland Games along with daughter Susan and her Jewish friend.We had our Dolphin RV and we all went camping for several days together afterwards in a nice camp site near Asheville where Susan lived. It was a special joy to Ruth as Helen and family traveled from far away Atlanta, Georgia to be with us.

    Frank Ramsey - November 11th, 2007 at 9:59 pm
  91. This poem that Jennifer added to the program of Ruth’s funeral service titled ” My Mother ” reflects a good mother’s care and a loving child’s response and was a blessing to me and am adding for others to enjoy.
    “My Mother”
    Who fed me from her gentle breast
    And hushed me in her arms to rest,
    And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
    My Mother
    When sleep forsook my open eye,
    Who was it sung sweet lullaby
    And rocked me that I should not cry?
    My Mother
    Who sat and watched my infant head
    When sleeping in my cradle bed,
    And tears of sweet affection shed?
    My Mother
    When pain and sickness made me cry,
    Who gazed upon my heavy eye
    And wept, for fear that I should die?
    My Mother
    Who ran to help me when I fell
    And would some pretty story tell,
    Or kiss the part to make it well?
    My Mother
    Who taught my infant lips to pray,
    To love God’s holy word each day,
    And walk in wisdom’s pleasant way?
    My Mother
    And can I ever cease to be
    Affectionate and kind to thee
    Who wast so very kind to me,
    My Mother
    Oh no, the thought I cannot bear,
    And if God please my life to spare
    I hope I shall reward thy care,
    My Mother
    When thou art feeble, old and gray,
    My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
    And I will soothe thy pains away,
    My Mother
    And when I see thee hang thy head,
    Twill be my turn to watch thy bed,
    And tears of sweet affection shed,
    My Mother

    As a mother, Ruth was blessed often by loving children and looked forward expectantly to Becky’s flower bouquet on her birthday and Todd’s flower bouquet on Valentine Day with the enclosed card ” To my all the time Valentine”. No mother loved her family more or was loved more by her family!

    Frank Ramsey - November 5th, 2007 at 2:23 pm
  92. While raking the fallen leaves and leveling the mole holes, my thoughts went back to my childhood as I walked alone to school through a park with fallen leaves ankle deep. The beauty of the colors overwhelmed me as the various oak, maple and nut trees were shedding their fall leaves. It was a heavenly bliss for me and I was sure no one had ever experienced the ecstacy God had meant for me alone. Nearby was Council Rock with history and intrigue of Indian lure that captivated your imagination as you looked for and sometimes found—Indian flint arrow heads. Sharing these activities with Ruth, I learned that she too hunted arrow heads on cousin Leo Benedict’s farm property. We didn’t collect many arrow heads but any pretty white stones were kept as a ” lucky stone ” to keep our hopes alive during a time referred to as The Great Depression. Sure enough we experienced a wonderful life, so special, we could throw all our ” lucky stones ” away—long ago!

    Frank Ramsey - November 2nd, 2007 at 3:54 pm
  93. As I continue to grieve for my great personal loss and the emptiness of living without her, I also am very much aware of her loss to all of the family members. Her sweetness, humor and constant involvement in family needs and events will be sorely missed as the holiday season is soon coming. ( As I am writing this, an -e-mail came in from little Jen inquiring about a study bible needed for her present bible study group on the old testament) . Although our precious family jewel is gone, her prayers continue to be answered and yes she left 2 study bibles that have been well used!

    Frank Ramsey - October 29th, 2007 at 12:05 pm
  94. Remembering you as usual during church yesterday, we were singing the hymn “How Great Thou Art.” It used to make me think of Art Joachim at Alderwood Manor Church, since it was his signature song, now it makes me think of you. All hymns have been difficult for me to sing or hear since you have been gone. I choose to let this one bring a smile as I thought of singing it with you during your heart ultrasound with your hands upraised stroking the girls arms who was performing your ultrasound and also stroking mine and Julie’s hands and arms. Oh those loving, sweet, curious hands! A woman (at church) in front of me was sitting and crying with her face buried in her own hands, it made me wonder who she was remembering. Not only did you live well but you died well, with grace and beauty and especially faith that could not be shaken by any amount of medicine, procedures or incompetence of those around you. You sang and spoke love drawing my hand to your lips even when you were struggling to make sense of your surroundings. You are a true mother, extending blessing to your children even while travelling through your own valley of death. Thank you for your life example of love and sacrifice.

    Jennifer Schwindt - October 15th, 2007 at 7:53 pm
  95. Quiet inspiration. There were numerous subtle ways that I was blessed and inspired by Ruth. One was that she was a woman of prayer. I had the joy of praying with her and Frank on occasion and it was inspiring to catch Frank and Ruth on an early morning prayer walk walking hand and hand through the parking lot of Northlake Church. A blessing. Frank I love you.


    Paul Bonjean - October 14th, 2007 at 9:53 pm
  96. I am remembering a few months after Ruth and I were married, I was very sick and was taken to the hospital and diagnosed as having abortive polio. Polio was rampaging across the country shortly before the Saulk vaccine was tested as a cure so my possibilities of being permanently crippled or dying was very likely. I was isolated with others having similar ailments and no visitors were allowed. During my 2 weeks in the hospital, Ruth would stand as near to the hospital window located on the 2nd floor and the nurse would open the window so that I could hear her speaking to me. From her vantage position on the ground floor driveway, she would yell up how much she loved me and she promised to care for me regardless of my condition if I would just live as she was praying to that end. Needless to say, I did survive with no complications but I never forgot her faithfulness, love and prayer life through this fearfull time. How grievious to me that after the many successful operations and hospital stays for Ruth, her tumor operation was so tragically unsuccessful. We all had such high hopes that she would succeed once again!

    Frank Ramsey - October 13th, 2007 at 11:00 pm
  97. Hi Grandma,
    It’s been tough since you’ve been gone. It still seems unreal. We celebrated grandpa’s birthday on Sunday, I know you know that :) Aleah visited the spot where your body lay the morning of Oct. 8th and on that morning it had been pooring down rain. It was not pretty outside. She looked up and saw the biggest, most beautiful rainbow shining over. We know you were watching us celebrate grandpa’s birthday. It was so lovely to have our family together but you were missed… so much. My eyes well up with tears as I write, of sadness, but also of hope of the future. I just can’t wait to see you. I just want to talk with you. Soon… I miss sitting down and just chatting. I love you my dear grandma and I’m so proud to be a part of the Ramsey family.
    xoxo Tonya

    Tonya Thogersen (granddaughter) - October 9th, 2007 at 4:37 pm
  98. I’m so thankful I had a good,compassionate, loving Mother. I know you loved each one of us. I know your family was your life. I miss your soft, soft hands, your great big smile, your look of shock, bewilderment over something you thought was inappropriate. You gave us all a line of integrity that none of us wanted to cross for fear of the “look” or the stern way you would speak our name. You also loved to laugh and now I know that smile lit up the world. It is darker down here without it. You captured our hearts and we will never forget and will always be grateful.

    Dina Ische - October 4th, 2007 at 7:56 am
  99. I miss you so much grandma!! I’m so honered you were able to meet Lillianna Darling Kelly. She loves her G.Ma so much! I tell her of your love so often. She’s a stubburn one grandma! you would love her. Grandpa was so precious with her! we have your picture hanging up. we pray for grandpa everyday! I remember grandma everything you taught me about Jesus. You showed so much of His love and grace. You were so tender! I remember when Christopher came over to the house when I was living with you and grandpa…We started talking about our hands and the shape of our fingers. (I laugh so hard remembering this memory) You told me to never again show my crooked fingers, because boys don’t like seeing that about potential wives…but grandma…I will tell you this…I’m more proud to have the fingers that i have then I ever have been. I have the Ramsey hands grandma…and it’s a trait I would never give up or trade. Christopher loves my hands! I’m so proud to have your hands! I love you with all my heart! I’m jealous you’re holding Paris Joy before me :-) I can’t wait to see you in God’s glory!

    Rachel Kelly (granddaughter) - September 29th, 2007 at 12:11 am
  100. Our washer,dryer and hot water tank were all located in the house. The noise level in this open floor plan home was excessive especially on rainy days with 7 children entertaining each other by racing around the kitchen where the appliances were constantly also active. Ruth seemed oblivious to most of this except when preparing supper in her tiny kitchen. She would have me hold 2 or 3 children and entertain them until the evening meal was prepared completely. Long after the children left home, son in law, Steve, provided the plumbing & wiring to move our appliances into the attached garage. This was and continues to be a great blessing. As I was doing laundry today, I recalled in my youth that Monday was always laundry day and Tuesday was ironing day in our house and indeed in the whole town. It required heating water in a large galvanized tub, on a hot plate, and by bucketful to the washer which had a wringer to wring out the clothes before hanging them outside to dry on a clothes line with clothes pins. Dirtier work clothes were boiled in soapy water and scrubbed by hand on a scrub board and then rinsed in clear,hot water as was the regular wash before hanging out to dry. Not every day was sunny and lines were also available in the basement for drying, which were a must in the cold winter. Automatic washers,dryers and dish washers developed some time after World War 2 and I am told that the technology for these was derived from the juke box music machine that would automatically play a series of individual song records ( 5 for $.25 ). Ruth and I would often reflect on the blessings these automatic machines provided to take the drudgery out of clothes and dish washing and later clothing was marketed to eliminate most ironing. However, she was well aware of her much admired Amish who continued much the same as the ” old ways “, without running water or electricity. A miniature scrub board and poem hangs on the wall over our washer and dryer that reminded her of her great advantage and their continual work load. As a grandmother, she must have been overjoyed not to have passed this method for washing clothes to her children or grandchildren as outlined in the following:

    Grandma’s ‘Receipt’ for Washing Dirty Clothes
    1. bild a fire in back yard to heet kettle of rain water.
    2. set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes if wind is pert.
    3. shave one hole cake soap in bilin water
    4. sort things, make three piles. 1 pile white. 1 pile cullord. 1 pile work britches and rags.
    5.stur flour in cold water to smooth then thin down with bilin water.
    6.rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard. then bile. run cullord, but don’t bile–just rench and starch.
    7. take white things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then rench, blew and starch.
    8. spred tee towels on grass.
    9. hang old rags on fence.
    10. pore rench water in flower bed.
    11. scrub porch with hot soapy water.
    12. turn tubs upside down.
    13. go put on cleen dress–smooth hair with side combs–brew cup of tee–set and rest and rock a spell and cont blessins.

    Frank Ramsey - September 24th, 2007 at 3:03 pm
  101. Perhaps some of the children can recall that Ruth at one time made coats and dresses for the girls and also hand made some clothing for son Todd. She made a coat and dresses for herself as well. She was meticulous about good and neat dress for her family when going to church or school. A school bus had a normal stop in front of our house but if the children were too late, they could run through our back yard, and the neighbor’s yard to catch the bus on Filbert Road as it headed around the corner from Filbert Drive. This became a habit with some of them and Ruth became suspicious and eventually discovered that some of the girls were changing into their favorite old jeans that they kept hidden in the barn. She made certain that switch of clothing was short-lived.

    Frank Ramsey - September 23rd, 2007 at 11:11 pm
  102. Having cut the grass & weed eating, I was resting on a chair in the barn. As I looked out at the back yard, I remembered how nicely it was fenced for the beautiful horse that the original owner kept and the barn I was occupying had been home for it. I thought about the goats we had bought to provide milk for Ruth’s many skin allergies and how we were able to later buy a cow to provide whole milk for all of the family. Ruth made butter and saved some of the cream and later bought a pastuerizer and sold excess milk to neighbors. She seemed to think we lived on a farm instead of our little 1/2 acre. When I worked the afternoon shift and got home about midnight, I had to milk the cow then and again at noon. I would talk to fellow workers every day about the Lord and this particular day, just about quitting time, a man & his wife were very receptive. I felt they were under conviction and as I was driving home, with windows down, I was singing hymns and praising the Lord. I took my milk bucket and started to milk our cow in the field when I got home. A most amazing incident took place, similar to Job 4:14-16. Fear came upon me , and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then I felt a spirit pass by and it made a rustling sound in the grass as it went. I stopped milking and looked in the barn to see if an animal might have made the noise but saw nothing. Shaken, I returned to finish milking and as I came into the house, I anticpated my departing this life. A bed was located next to our attached garage for me so as not to disturb family and as I was laying down, this same thing happened in the garage and I got up to look and saw nothing. After praying, I crawled back in bed resigning myself to the inevitable. Ruth awakened me a short time later and told me my brother John had called earlier and just about then he called again. He said it was about brother George and before he could say more, I said “he is dead, isn’t he ?” and he said “yes”. As we sense the absence as well as the presence of Ruth, in the spirit, it seems that God is doing a special work in us —for His glory—to continue to answer her prayers.

    Frank Ramsey - September 20th, 2007 at 8:23 pm
  103. We were disgusted with the public school system and as home schooling by parents was being challenged as unlawful, Ruth decided to go to work as a clerk in Morgan’s Bible Book Store in Lynnwood to pay for Marsha, Julie and Becky’s tuition at a Christian School in Mountlake Terrace. The pay was less than $1.50/hr. and the job required the complete stocking, cashiering, packaging, unpackaging, cleaning and reader boarding as well as giving good counseling to hurting customers and being gracious to those who were trying to win her over to their doctrinal thinking. We struggled to make the tuition required for the school but did manage to keep them in school for 1 year before being too broke to continue. Ruth continued to work at Morgan’s and somehow kept it from going broke and it was later prosperous and sold to Family Book Store. Pastor Morgan was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes and was given 5 years to live as an estimate by doctors during this time frame. We were encouraged to come to his church and we had great empathy for him and we became involved with the Chapel of Peace. A prayer home group was initiated by Florence Turnidge and Brother Everett Rao and we became part of that for about 5 years. God did many healings and blessings in the group as we met every Saturday night in different homes. However, Pastor Morgan did die near the estimated time and Brother Everett later died after brain surgery of a tumor which was believed to be successful for several months afterward. Ruth again provided him with several months of care in our home. He was a dear friend and had a powerful influence on many of our family members. Ruth later worked at King’s Garden in assisted living and delighted to again be a caretaker to the older folks even to giving medications which at one time required a nurse. Her cheerful,loving care and concern and competency endeared her to all and she made many friends.

    Frank Ramsey - September 18th, 2007 at 10:46 pm
  104. As a young child, Ruth became a good friend of a neighbor girl that was barely able to walk and all twisted with cereberal palsy. She was of a sweet disposition and happy most of the time. Her name was Thelma Tinney and she was cared for at home by a very sweet widowed mother. Ruth would take Thelma sled riding and to the store nearby.They were bosom buddies and Ruth tells of them sitting at the Benedict front porch one day and eating 30 peaches from her fathers many peach trees. ( Her dad had a huge garden, fruit trees and grapes lining the back and sides of their lot ). When we traveled back to Youngstown, we always visited Thelma who was expecting a miracle healing from the Lord and had been to Evangelist Katherine Kohlman’s healing services, which were conducted for many years on the north side of Youngstown. Eventually her mother died and she was placed in a good nursing home on the north side of town and then to the west side , where my mother later stayed. We continued to visit mother and Thelma when traveling back to Youngstown in their separate nursing homes. Somehow mother and Thelma became good Christian friends in the west side nursing home and I don’t know if they were aware that Ruth was mom’s daughter in law. Mother died before we got back for a visit to the nursing home but when visiting Thelma later , we learned of their friendship.( Of course, our trips to Youngstown were not more often than every 3 years.) We looked for Thelma on a later trip and were told that she was now in a nursing home in nearby Austintown. We went to see her and she was in a private room dying, in a fetal position with her knees almost touching the pillow where her head lay. The sight was so pitiful that I could scarcely look through the window at Thelma but Ruth went in and held her hand while smiling at her and talking to her like they were eating peaches together years ago. The love and compassion she poured out to Thelma in that room was a scene that defies description.– As we all know, she had a lot left over and poured out an abundance to all of us and others in later years—

    Frank Ramsey - September 18th, 2007 at 9:33 pm
  105. We traveled, as a family, through all of the continental U.S. states and many of the provinces of Canada. As a couple, we also traveled to Alaska,Hawaii, Mexico and Israel. We went to Israel during our 51st. year of marriage and although it was tiresome to walk the terrain, it was very rewarding. We were guided by a couple ( Christian Jews from America devoted to Evangelizing Jews and who provided bed & breakfast facilities) to Masada, the Dead Sea swim, Jerusalem, Mt. Carmel where Elijah destroyed Jezebel’s pagan priests, the Sea of Galillee, Mt. Gilboa, Nazareth, Caesarea and many other sites such as Cana and the synagogue at Capernaum where Jesus spent much of His time. The greatest thrill for Ruth was being baptized in the Jordan River as was our Lord Jesus Christ, cementing again publicy the identification she had with Him since she had never been immersed and this was of great signifiance to her. Another great event was to pray at the Wailing Wall and to be in the Upper Room where the Holy Spirit was given and the Church began in Jerusalem. The Tomb of Lazarus visit was a highlight as was the Mt. of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemene. Many other sites were on our agenda but those mentioned were precious to her. As we read our daily Bible lessons, we could visualize the terrain, geography, and distances of many places and the memories were a joy to reflect on. How gracious was our Lord to allow and provide for us to visit the land of the Bible and again prove to us it’s accuracy and truth.

    Frank Ramsey - September 13th, 2007 at 9:55 pm
  106. The recent tropical storm hit Mexico at Salamanca in the state of Guanajuato and decimated the farms and property of the Amish community. I was reminded of our many encounters with the Amish as we traveled from Youngstown to Grove City College. A large community of Amish homes and horses & buggies could be seen as we drove by. Ruth became very interested to get to know more about them and the opportunity came when we shopped where they had their horse and carriages tied at the rear of the store. A woman was asked if we could visit her home and she agreed and we did! Ruth was so impressed with the simplicity and hardship of their living without electricity or running water and living off the food raised on their farm that she continued an avid interest in the Amish continually. Also, when she was in the hospital, giving birth to Todd, she shared a room with an Amish girl who gave birth to a boy. Ruth & she were discussing their birth pains and the medications they were given. Ruth was amazed to learn that her only comfort was fondling the nearby curtain while Ruth sought medication. When her family visited her with a little Amish outfit for the baby, Ruth’s admiration for them was sealed. They call themselves the ” Plain People ” and are “Bible believers” and of German descent which gave her a feeling of kinship.

    Frank Ramsey - September 7th, 2007 at 12:33 am
  107. “Ruth-compassionate one-She extends her hand to the poor, yes she reaches her hands to the needy”. Proverbs 31:20 continues to be on plaques located at the kitchen window and below her graduation picture in our bedroom. It was one of the many scriptures that she absorbed as a life living application. Family members Becky & Steve Heist, Jenn & Leo Schwindt, Dinah & Jim Ische, Genesis, Melissa, and mother-in-law, Lela, as well as Keith Wheeler, Joy McCollum & son Jacob, brother Everett Roa recovering from brain tumor surgery. These guests stayed anywhere from 2 months to 2 years. Few were asked to contribute money or labor and all were treated with her usual Christian love and kindness.(I have probably not included other grandchildren who stayed a short time).She continued her ministry to others requiring special care in the Assisted Living Apts. at Crista. She has always had a very active servant’s heart with much humility and so Jesus has made these promises that should gladden our sorrowful hearts. Matthew 18:4 “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven”. Matthew 20:26 “—-whosoever will be great among you, let him be your servant”.

    Frank Ramsey - September 5th, 2007 at 11:35 pm
  108. Labor Day is a holiday designated for those of the laboring class, who worked so hard physically and had little hope of rising above that level unless higher education could be obtained. I took advantage of the G.I. Bill that gave veterans of WW2 opportunity to go to technical trade school or college. Ruth and family members were overjoyed to have a member to break the cycle of hard physical labor to earn a living, which usually meant early death or injury. Ruth often expressed how wonderful to have not married a hard laboring steel worker that came home dirty and tired from work. After 3 years in an office job with DuPont Co. & 1 year with Boeing Co., we came back to Youngstown,Ohio. Work opportunities were limited and so I went to work for the Koppers Co. who were distilling coal tar pitch which was a by- product of nearby coke ovens. The work was hard and dirty and I often looked like a coal miner in need of a bath and though the company had made promises to me of better things to come,Ruth was not happy. She was reluctant to leave her family but when Boeing re-hired me in Seattle, we loaded our belongings in a big 4 wheel trailer, with a long tongue, and towed it with our car back to the Northwest. Never again did she complain about the rain or weather but delighted in the cool nights and the mild climate. Her husband again dressed in nicely washed and ironed clothing, with tie, and she was more than content!

    Frank Ramsey - September 3rd, 2007 at 11:22 am
  109. Ruth and I read the Bible in the morning together so that we read through in 1 year and discussed many passages. It gave her great joy to do this together. In the hospital, one evening while under medication, she suddenly spoke with a loud voice that could be heard plainly in the halls ” I stand on the word of God “. This was repeated again and again for perhaps 1 1/2 minutes and I was overwhelmed by this outburst of faith. As I was reading Psalm 119 in her Bible, I noticed her pen notation that 176 verses were in this Psalm and noting verse 89 made me more aware of God’s relationship to His word ” Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven”.

    Frank Ramsey - August 26th, 2007 at 4:09 pm
  110. “God Weeps With US”- God shares in our sorrow- Psalm 116:15 says ” Precious (Costly ) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints “. As I read today, in the Our Daily Bread Edition, we become aware that our grieving is a deep, spiritual, emotion that continues throughout the family in varying degrees. How wonderful that Ruth was so loved and admired that her passing from this life has left us a legacy for living and leaves an agonizing wound by her absence.

    Frank Ramsey - August 24th, 2007 at 10:56 pm
  111. Ruth has hung a pewter plaque over our kitchen table reading”Give us this day our daily bread” which reminded me that we now take our plentiful supply of food for granted. When Ruth and I were growing up during the Great Depression, government welfare agencies supplied minimum amounts of food to families if you walked to their outlets,soup lines and kitchens were well attended. Gardens & fruit trees were planted to provide individual families with fresh vegetables & fruit. Extra food was canned in glass jars to eat through the winter. Home made bread was baked once a week. Supplying food for family was an effort shared by all. Ruth loved fresh fruit and vegetables from childhood as her dad grew the best garden by using table scraps, wash & dish water and manure gathered by her brothers from cattle cars unloaded in the area for fertilizer. Being frugal was a way of life for us and allowed us to raise 7 healthy children well on a very limited income. God has provided our every need!

    Frank Ramsey - August 16th, 2007 at 11:20 am
  112. August 13th. 2007 about 8:51 AM, Eva Larelle Edmonds was born to Autumn & Jordan Edmonds at home in Camas, Wa. and weighed in at 8 lbs. 4 oz. and 21.5″ long. This is the 15th. great grandchild added to the Ruth & Frank Ramsey family and we congratulate the parents and again thank God that baby and mother are well. I rejoice with Julie & Peter as grandparents of their
    3rd. grandchild. Again this would have been a delight to ggrandmother Ruth as this would be her 67th. member of the clan.

    Frank Ramsey (ggrandfather) - August 14th, 2007 at 8:06 pm
  113. Ruth Bell Graham has joined our dear Ruth in heaven and left this comforting description of a Christian’s death which relates to me the love poured out to her on her dying moments as family surrounded her singing spiritual songs and hymns and I whispered in her ear ” Let go sweetheart, you are just trading spaces ” and I felt her spirit leave.

    Time To Adore
    And when I die, I hope my soul ascends slowly, so that I may watch the earth receeding out of sight, its vastness growing smaller as I rise, savoring its recession with delight.
    Anticipating joy is itself a joy. And joy unspeakable and full of glory needs more than ” in a twinkling of an eye “, more than ” in a moment “.
    Lord, who am I to disagree? It’s only we have much to leave behind; so much–Before.
    These moments of transition will, for me, be time to adore.

    Frank Ramsey (husband) - July 30th, 2007 at 1:25 pm
  114. July 23rd. about 8:30PM, Hudson Scott Reynolds was born to Marci & Jesse Reynolds and weighed 8lb & 15oz. That is the 14th. great grandchild added to the Ruth & Frank Ramsey family and we congratulate the new parents and thank God mother & baby are well. Great grandmother, Ruth, loved to witness babies being born as most of you know and missing this one ,from our perspective, would have been a disappointment but she may be observing from her heavenly vantage point more than we know!

    Frank Ramsey (husband) - July 29th, 2007 at 9:11 pm
  115. At home, on our wall, is a poem, precious to Ruth!

    A Grandmother’s Prayer

    Oh Lord, I do not ask for much,
    Eternal beauty or youth or such;
    Just give me a little hand to hold,
    and I’ll forget that I’m growing old.
    I do not ask for cloudless skies,
    A life that’s free from tears and sighs:
    Just give me a little face to kiss,
    And anxious moments will turn to bliss.
    For what is there, really, that means so much
    As little hands that reach and touch,
    As little eyes that search and see
    Only the best in fragile me?
    So let me grow more loving and wise
    By looking at life through their wide eyes,
    For through these little ones, You have given
    This grateful grandmother a glimpse of Heaven.

    Frank Ramsey (husband) - July 20th, 2007 at 5:52 pm
  116. It’s funny how the small things can remind us of someone we really care about. I recently asked my wife for some gum the other day, and she told me to grab some out of her purse. I went over, opened it up and this powerful smell of cinnamon came up and hit me like a wall. Immediatley I flashed to sitting in the back of Grandpa & Grandma’s mighty silver hatchback, with Grandma turned around and handing me a torn piece of Big Red with a smile on her face. It didn’t matter if I was 5 or 25 I know if I needed some gum, Grandma would not dissapoint with a half stick of the good stuff.

    We love you and miss you, and we will be sharing with our son just how great his great grandmother really was.

    jesse reynolds - July 13th, 2007 at 1:04 pm
  117. My grandma,
    I miss you dearly. Your 79th birthday is coming I will miss calling you this year. It’s been about 3 months since you’ve left this earth but it still feels like you are just down the street sitting in your blue chair. Grandma, I can’t wait to see you in heaven. I know you are not suffering and have no more pain. That is beautiful. We will all be together soon. I love you and I think about you every day.
    Love, Tonya

    Your grandaughter, Tonya - June 30th, 2007 at 6:12 pm
  118. oh grandma how i miss you so much! every time i look at my mom i see you. you have blessed beyond anything i could ever imagine, giving me such a big loving family. i hope one day I can be such a mother as you were and as my mother is because she learned from you. you are so greatly missed and sometimes i imagine you in heaven, in complete paradise, looking down and smiling upon us. i imagine at that time the sun breaks through the clouds and shines on me. i imagine you already know about your new grandchild on it’s way. for the first time you get to see it all from heaven. i miss you gram and i love that i have your name. i feel you with me. hugs and kisses. i love you

    your loving grandaughter, Aleah - June 30th, 2007 at 6:11 pm
  119. Ruth & I visited Jim & Dinah’s family in Berlin,N.H. in our famous blue van. (That visit was recorded on our cam corder film). Ruth was captivated by the “Ann of Green Gables” series on T.V. and was determined to visit the home where all the filming had been done on Prince Edward Island. After traveling through Maine, New Brunswick, and taking a ferry to P.E.I., we eventually arrived and found it with just a grounds keeper present, although there are hundreds of people visiting through the year. She entered the home and climbed the steps to the bedrooms before being admonished for entering by the grounds keeper. She was as excited as a school girl and was overjoyed that the long delightful mission was accomplished. We recorded her again near the house labeling her as Ruth Babara Ann of Green Gables and she couldn’t have been happier! We took a ferry to Nova Scotia and after checking out the strangeness of the shores of the Bay of Fundy, we climaxed the visit with her eating 2 fresh lobsters caught nearby. We played tapes by the Crossroad Quartet which kept us primed for the leading and blessings of the Lord which we experienced all the way as we returned to Dinah’s family again in N.H.

    Frank Ramsey (husband) - June 26th, 2007 at 9:24 pm
  120. Last week Grandpa (my dad) came to visit for the first time since my mother’s death. When dad came through the door my youngest son Simon, who just turned three, asked “Where’s Grandma?”. In my mind I was thinking, “She’s in the car. She’ll be in in a minute. We’ll watch her hobble up the stairs with a big smile, grabbing the boys for a hug as she enters the room, straightening the family pictures that hang on the wall on her way to the bathroom.” But jolted back to reality I forced a smile and told Simon, “Remember? She’s in heaven with Jesus.” “Oh yeah!” and he was off and visiting with Grandpa. Mom’s absence screamed at me the entire time Dad was here, but what a sweet time of visiting we had with Grandpa. There were stories of their life together, the world wars, politics and our faith. But it all came back around to a life worth living with the one you love. “Oh God, help me to love people and life the way that Mom did. Help me to never take for granted the many people in my life there are to love, because of your great love for us!”

    Julie Edmonds - June 13th, 2007 at 7:43 pm
  121. Words cannot describe what a shock to my system your death has been to me. Last night I learned I will become a Grandma and I longed to call you and share the news. How you loved family news, and what a gift to have someone so interested in everything about my life. One will never be loved with the same quality of that of a mother. You have left your legacy and I hold it closely. Knowing you are safe and pain free in heaven is a comfort. Your death makes heaven seem a little closer and a place I look forward to sharing with you someday. I love you and miss you deeply. As you introduced me many times in my life I remain-your baby, Jen

    "Always your baby", Jennifer - June 13th, 2007 at 12:06 pm
  122. The other day Lincoln wanted to have a tea party. So I pulled the tea set you gave me years ago out of the back of my cupboard and washed it out and we had tea. He was so excited to be using real tea cups and he and Judah sat there drinking cup after cup of tea and making a huge mess with the chocolate cake I gave them…and the whole time I kept thinking how much I wanted to call you and tell you how I was finally using the tea set and how much fun we were having. I really really miss being able to talk to you. We talk about you often and Lincoln talks about how “one day we will go to heaven and see GG there.” I am so excited for that day. I love you.

    Your Granddaughter, Genesis - June 13th, 2007 at 12:05 pm
  123. As this memorial day comes to a close, it is with a deep sense of loss that I remember my mother and hero Ruth Ramsey. It was her example of Biblical Womanhood, that inspires me daily to love and respect my husband of almost 28 years, love and nurture my 7 sons, 2 daughter-in-laws and 2 granddaughters. In a time when so many women my age have no one to look to as an example, there you are, in my memory with all your beauty, kindness, unwavering love, encouraging hugs, kisses and smiles. May your Christ-like qualities continue to live on in those you devoted your life to serve. I’m looking forward to the day when I will see you again.

    Your number 5 child, Julie - June 13th, 2007 at 12:05 pm
  124. Mom, I love you, I miss you,I remember you every hour of every day. I think I need to be strong for my family, but I am not strong.I am broken hearted about you being gone, I want life to go on the same, but it doesn’t.You lost your mom too and I wish I could talk to you about it. I do not grieve as one who has no hope–I will see you again in heaven–but until then– I loveyou, I miss you, I remember you. Love, Becky

    your loving daughter, Becky - June 13th, 2007 at 12:05 pm
  125. Dear Mom,
    I miss you every day. You left behind such a fragrance of love, compassion and goodness. I am sure no one will ever be able to compare to you. You were so special and unique to this earth. You were in every sense of the word Mother. What an example I have, what a legacy to fulfill.

    This Sunday is Mother’s Day and I am sure I will spend the day feeling the terrible void but I also will be thanking God for such a wonderful, perfect, blessing of your life.

    Your loving daughter, Dina - June 13th, 2007 at 12:04 pm
  126. Our life together was a 58 year love affair that included 67 in number. How we often thanked the Lord for His goodness and favor to us and our family! You taught us to live righteously and bonded us all in Christian love. We all continue to grieve for our loss as we loved you exceedingly and your absence is overwhelming as you were our centerpiece of activity these many years! None could give more! “An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels”. Prov. 31:10, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever”. Daniel 12:3

    your ever loving husband, Frank - June 13th, 2007 at 12:04 pm
  127. Ruth brought joy and laughter into the lives of all those she touched. She was kind and loving to everyone but paid special attention to those in need. The love she showed will continue as will the happiness she brought.

    Mary Irene and Al Savage - June 13th, 2007 at 12:04 pm
  128. We have wonderful memories of you, Ruth. We look forward to meeting you again when we join you with our Lord, Jesus Christ in heaven.
    You are a beautiful Christian who set a wonderful example of what faith is to the rest of us.

    Love, Ann & Paul

    Ann & Paul Dahl - June 13th, 2007 at 12:03 pm
  129. Hi Frank and Family, When I think back on Ruth’s life the words from Galatians 5:22-23 come to mind. Ruth was one who lived those words. She was gifted with all nine of those qualities mentioned as the fruit of the Spirit!! And I am certain that Ruth was not content with keeping all those qualities to herself. She along with you Frank passed those qualities to your children. Again at the service for Ruth I got to see the grace of your son and daughters. That brought back those incredible memories of how God used your family to influence my life. On my knees on an evening in July of 1970 I received Jesus as my Savior. However I struggled after that with the Lordship part of it.In those next few years, when I had no family members that were Christians,your family became that family. I saw how He worked in your lives. I witnessed these fruit of the Spirit. Thank you!!! I thought what a deal. I get to see our Lord in action and all I have to give back are a few driving lessons.Plus I got to enjoy a few of those spaghetti dinners. And yes I was one of those “strays” that were mentioned at the service that Ruth @ Co.allowed into her home. And I will always be better for it! Thank you, again. But that’s not all. That large family in the front of the Church. I was “surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses”.(Heb 12:1) Thank you for allowing Christ to live through you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In Christ’s Love, Steve Col. 3:23-24

    Steve Francis - June 13th, 2007 at 12:03 pm