Ramona Martin


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Our loving mother Ramona Martin (Mona, Tita Mona, Mimi) passed away peacefully in West Sacramento on Aug. 16, 2017 at the age of 84. She had suffered from dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease for several years. Ramona was born on Nov. 12, 1932 in Winters, where she attended school and lived as a long-time resident.

After high school, Ramona attended Sacramento City College and obtained her Associate of Arts degree in Business

Ramona Ramos married Frank Martin Jr. in November 1953 and enjoyed a short honeymoon in Astoria, Oregon. She was mother to her adopted children, Kathy and David.

Ramona truly enjoyed gardening in her yard growing various colors of roses, bird of paradise, irises and more. She was an amazing cook and baker, enjoyed sewing (to relax), assisted with duties at St. Anthony Catholic Church and enjoyed spending time with her two grandchildren. She also liked to host meals for her family during the holidays and gather all of her aunts together on the Ramos side of the family. Her favorite color was blue and anyone that stepped inside her Winters home knew this.

After marrying, Ramona worked as a secretary at PG&E in Winters and began work as a secretary at UC Davis. She retired after 25+ years as a buyer in the purchasing department at Mrak Hall, UC Davis.

In her later years, Ramona enjoyed traveling with Frank. Both sang in the choir at St. Anthony Catholic Church and served wine as Eucharistic ministers, and she served on the Altar Society. Frank and Ramona were married for 59 years until Frank passed away in March 2013. (Ramona could not recall this due to her illness).

Ramona is survived by her brother Tom Ramos (wife Phyllis) and sister Lola Riolo (husband Bob); son David Martin and daughter Kathryn Massman (son-in-law Michael), and grandchildren Matthew and Megan Massman.

Deceased are her brothers, Bill and Carl Ramos.

Services are Friday, Aug. 25, with an 11 a.m. Catholic Mass at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 511 Main Street, followed by a graveside service at Winters Cemetery. Afterwards, there will be a reception at St. Anthony Parish Hall.

Special thanks to caregivers Hilda Ochoa and her sister Dora Varela, of Winters, the Brookdale staff in Vacaville and Bridgeway Care staff in West Sacramento; Yolo Hospice, Smith’s Funeral Home and Strelitzia Flower Company, all of Davis, and Buckhorn Catering in Winters.

In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a donation to the charity of your choice in memory of Ramona Martin.


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