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Joleen Ramey, 69, of Carter Caves Road, Olive Hill, was embraced by God on Saturday morning, May 27, 2017, at her residence. She was born on July 31, 1947 in Portsmouth, Ohio a daughter of the late William Bill and Lola Kiser Justice.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, William Keith Ramey; a granddaughter, Lois Ramey Tolliver; one brother, Lovell Babe Kiser; two sisters, Lois Swayne and Wanda Justice.
Ms. Joleen is survived by her husband of nearly 47 years, William Bill Ramey of Olive Hill, KY, two sons, Eric (Sherry) Buckler of Carter City, KY, Kevin (Denise) Ramey of Worthington, Ohio; a daughter, Lisa (Shayne) Easterling of Olive Hill, KY; one sister, Brenda Thacker of Lucasville, Ohio; six grandchildren, Briana (BJ) Garvin, Hunter (Special Friend-Kayla Ferrell) Easterling, Mikaela (Special Friend-Ryan Rice) Buckler, Will (Special Friend-Lizzy Saldana) Easterling, Lydia Ramey, Drew Ramey; one great grandson, Cameron Tolliver. Ms. Jo leaves behind a host of family and wonderful friends who will greatly miss her dearly.
Ms. Joleen was a member of the Carter Christian Church and a retired school bus driver for over 30 years with the Carter County Board of Education. She loved her bus kids. She formed the Carter City Community Homemakers club in 1972 and served as the Club President and soon after she served on the Carter County Cooperative Extension Council & District Board, where she served until the time of her death. She was a Kentucky Colonel, a Kentucky Cooperative Extension Master Farm Homemaker, active with the state KEHA association serving as a State Vice President, active with the Northeast Area Homemakers Association serving as President, and active with the Carter County Extension Homemakers serving as President, and a member of Carter Caves Homemakers Club. She enjoyed sewing, working in her flower gardens, reading, farming with her husband, Bill, UK basketball, collecting her treasures and spending time with her family and many wonderful friends. She was always busy doing community projects and seeking other volunteers to assist her. She was always striving to make Carter County better. She helped initiate and form Friends of Carter Caves, Backyard Bloomers Gardening Club, Carter County Quilt Blocks on Barns. She loved Kentucky Cooperative Extension Services and dedicated over 45 years of volunteer services.
A celebration of Ms. Jos life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Sparks Funeral Home with Terrell Webb, Paul Schmidt and Eddie Wiler officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Olive Hill, Kentucky.
Friends may visit from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and after 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at Sparks Funeral Home.
Ms. Jos family would like to thank Community Hospice of Ashland, especially Renee Gilliam, Stephanie Adams, Jamie Green & Bonnie Seagraves for their continued love & support while traveling this journey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in memory of Ms. Joleen Ramey to: Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101.
Published on May 30, 2017
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