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Lillie Ramsey

Jan. 8, 1927 - Mar. 14, 2020

Date of Service: Mar. 20, 2020

Lillie Ramsey

BURLEY – Lillie Ramsey, a 93-year-old resident of Burley, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Hiland Estates Assisted Living, in Burley.

Lillie was born January 8, 1927, in Malta, Idaho, the tenth of 13 children born to Jesse and LaVilla Shill. Her father was a carpenter and owned the first car in the Raft River valley. Her mother was a very busy homemaker, learning well after losing her own mother at the age of four.

After graduation from high school, her family moved to Burley, where she worked as a switchboard operator for the sugar company, and finally, as a nurse at the Cottage Hospital for $.65 per hour. In her own words, “I had classes during the day, worked the 11 to 7 shift, and dated Bob in between.”

On March 27, 1948, Robert Ramsey, known as Bob, and Lillie Shill were married at a double wedding with his brother, Bill, and Wife, Glenna Ramsey. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple. Six children were sent to their union: Bob Jr. (Eileen), Keith (Beverly), Wayne (Sherma), Glenn (Rita), Ron (Becky), and Janet (Tina), all of Burley.

During and after raising her family, Mom enjoyed many hobbies. Her number one hobby was quilting – not quilt tying – but quilting. Her living room was seldom seen without quilting frames. One of her quilts given to then Governor John V. Evans hung in the Idaho State House for many years. She and Bob enjoyed bowling leagues together for many years. They also enjoyed numerous years of memories with friends and family as “snow birds” in St. George, Utah.

Lillie didn’t have any bad habits, just some unique ones. If she were walking outdoors with a salt shaker in her hand, you knew she was headed to the garden looking for a red tomato. She loved to cook and can from the garden, too. She always insisted that the family gather at Christmas for dinner and a program. Everyone participated in the Christmas program with costumes and props. Then the evening would end with a fun indoor snowball fight with marshmallows.

Lillie and Bob were very generous financially, not only to family but to others. As grandchildren came of age, they made financial contribution to their LDS missions and to their college careers.

Mom loved to sing and was a charter member of the Burley Sweet Adeline Chorus. She also sang in a duet and trio for years for funerals and social events. As a care giver she had much practice. Her own mother lived in their home for six years and she cared for her daily. She served both of her sisters who lost their lives to breast cancer. She also helped raise a grandson for many years.

After Bob’s passing in 2009, she began losing her sight. A niece, Rose Bryant, moved into her home and cared for all her needs for nine years. With Rose’s acts of kindness, Lillie was able to enjoy living in her own home. When watching sports on TV, Rose became the play-by-play announcer for Mom. The family will be forever grateful to Rose for her compassion and service.

Lillie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many capacities, notably as a Bishop’s wife for 11 years, in the Primary, Young Women’s, the Relief Society organization, and also served as an ordinance worker in the Logan Temple for two years with her husband.

Her greatest passion was her family. Having 12 brothers and sisters, she took it upon herself to keep everyone in touch with reunions, calling trees, family history, and genealogy.

She is survived by her youngest brother, Doug Shill of Mesa, Arizona; six children; 15 grandchildren; and 76 great-grandchildren. Her quiet example of love and service will be forever in our hearts.

The funeral will be held at 12 noon, Friday, March 20, 2020, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley. Burial will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery.

There will be a viewing for family and friends at the funeral home from 10:30 until 11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Those who attend are encouraged to refrain from any person-to-person contact to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. Additionally, with guidelines from the CDC and Federal Government, only ten (10) people will be allowed in the viewing room at a time. This will be monitored to ensure the safety of the community.

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From Judy Shaddy:
“With deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. Wonderful memories woven in colors of the rainbow, this is a picture you will tenderly hold, deep in your heart, a memory is kept, to love, to cherish, never to forget. Aunt lillie, you left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide, although we cannot see you, you will always in our hearts. I wish i could be there to celebrate your life. I will miss you.”
From Jean Freymiller:
Our most sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. She and your Dad were such pillars of our community and example to us all! Garth and Jean Freymiller
From Darla Williams:
Lillie and Bob have been a part of mine and Paul’s life forever. He was Paul’s Bishop, married us, went with us to be sealed and gave the family prayer at Paul’s funeral. Lillie was a special friend thru all this. Wonderful people , we love them. Some of our boys worked for Ramsey’s. Just feel like family. Thanks for memories Bob and Lillie. Darla Williams and family.
From Kerry and Tracey Smith:
Sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Lillie our heart goes out to you and your family and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
From Bret Mullen:
Sorry to hear of your moms passing. Her presence will be missed. Mullen Family
From Lonnie and Gay Downs:
We send our sympathy and prayers to all of the Ramsey family. Lillie was an example of loving service to so very many in our community. It is comforting to know of the great reunion with her eternal companion and other family members. Both Lillie and Bob will always be remembered by us and we are grateful to have had them as neighbors and dear friends.
From L & J Sager:
Sorry to hear about passing of your mother. Please accept our sincere condolences at this time.

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