Mamie Frances Todd Ramsey
October 3, 1923 – August 14, 2020
Wendell – Mamie Frances Todd Ramsey, 96, died Friday, August 14, 2020. She was born on October 3, 1923 in Wake County to the late Willie Dowell and Mamie Baker Todd.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband Herbert W. Ramsey, Sr, Herbert W. Ramsey, Jr, and her siblings Leona Mae Todd Kelly, Kathleen Todd Nowell, R.B. Todd, Lula Grey Todd Bailey, Willie Dowell Todd, Jr, Leslie K. Todd, Sr, Cedric Baker Todd, Furney Albert Todd, Sr, and Joe Warren Todd.
She is survived by her children Warren Ramsey (Carol), Dowell Ramsey (Martha), grandchildren Franklin Ramsey (Leslie), Les Ramsey (Amy), Audrey Ramsey-Via (Bob), Robin Graf (Ben), great grandchildren Lindsey Brown (Derek), Blake Medlin (Kim), Colton Ramsey, Warren Ramsey III, Crawford Ramsey, Addison Ramsey, Hudson Graf, Gunnar Graf, and great, great grandchildren Alice Medlin, Jack Medlin, Sullivan Brown, Iva Brown, and Landon Brown. Frances is survived by her sister Ruth Todd Nowell, and many nieces and nephews.
A lifelong member of Wendell Baptist Church, Frances devoted herself to serving God and others in her church and community. She was a leader in the Women’s Missionary Union, the homebound ministry, the outreach ministry, and a Sunday School teacher. Frances loved God, her church, and the people of her community. For more than ten years Frances volunteered at Wake Med Hospital and also volunteered with hospice. In the latter years of her life she volunteered at the Wendell Senior Center. The Wendell Council of Churches recognized her for outstanding service to the community.
Frances was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a good cook who liked to share food with others. She regularly took meals to widows, the homebound, and the sick.
Her family was a key focus for her. She loved each one dearly and made each one feel special by not only saying, “I love you”, but also by recognizing each person’s special talents and accomplishments. Every Sunday for as long as she was able, she gathered her children and grandchildren together for dinner and fellowship. Holidays and birthdays were special events to be celebrated as a family.
Frances enjoyed playing games, Easter Egg hunts, laughing, listening, and talking about happenings in Wendell and the world. She was not only a great cook, but she liked to sew, garden, paint, and work in her yard. She faced life’s trials with courage, strength, and determination to keep moving forward. Her enjoyment of life and assurance of God’s control of life’s circumstances remained unwavering. Her faith was deep and lived out daily. For her life was a gift from God to be lived to the fullest by serving Him and others as best she could.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wendell Baptist Church, 3651, Wendell Boulevard, Wendell, NC, 27591.
Condolences to the family may be sent to Strickland Funeral Home. www.stricklandfuneral.com