Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 29, 2010

Betty Kathleen Tubbs Ramey - 1925-2010

Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel
The Independent

CATLETTSBURG — Betty Kathleen Tubbs Ramey, formerly of Catlettsburg, died quietly in Woodland Oaks Nursing Facility on Monday, Sept. 27.

She was born Jan. 17, 1925, in Kingston-Upon-Thames, England, the daughter of the late Charles F. Tubbs and Margaret Martin Tubbs. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Ramey.

Mrs. Ramey is survived by five children, Jean (Ron) Fraley of Ashland, F. David (Margie) Ramey and Lisa (Jim) Epling, both of Catlettsburg, John (Lisa) Ramey of Avon, Ind., and Alan (Michelle) Ramey of Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Matt (Jamie) Fraley, B.J. (fiancée Tawni) Fraley, Megan (Richard) Keelin, Andrew (Kristin) Ramey, Sarah (Channing) Bobst, Adam Ramey, Lauren Ramey, Taylor Garcia and Lee Epling. There are nine great-grandchildren, Charley, Drew, Cameron, Cody, Caitlyn, Sarah, Kaden, Xeven and Elias.

She is also survived by her sister, Jean (George) Spear of Ottawa, Canada; her brother, John (Mavis) Tubbs of Wellington, Somerset, England, and a sister-in-law, Helen Layne of Fredericksburg, Texas.

These are her words, written for an article about War Brides: “I lived in Kingston about 10 miles from London all my life until I came to the States at 21. During the war we had many bombs fall around us and had windows and ceilings crack but we could always live in our house — during the bad bombing, we had a shelter in the garden. I met my husband in 1943, I did volunteer work at the American Red Cross Canteen in Kingston and met him there. I was 18 and he was 23. We went together for three months and then he was sent back to the States for pilot training. We corresponded for three years. When I arrived in New York, my husband (to be) met me and we took a train to Ottawa, Canada, to my  sister’s. We were married there and took the train to Kentucky. My husband’s folk couldn’t have been nicer to me. Of course, I wasn’t used to country (Johnson County) living. He came from a farm, I from town, but I adjusted pretty well I think. After six months living with his family we moved to Lexington where my husband went to University. We moved to Louisa where he was a soil conservationist, then to Catlettsburg. I waited a long time before I became an American citizen in 1975.”

Mrs. Ramey was an accomplished gardener, seamstress and cook, renowned for her beautiful flowers and delicious apple pies. She was a staunch supporter of the UK Wildcats and a former Cub Scout den mother. She was an elder of First Presbyterian Church of Catlettsburg.

There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at First Presbyterian Church in Catlettsburg by Pastor Richard Brown.

Friends may send donations to First Presbyterian Church of Catlettsburg, 2512 Broadway St., Catlettsburg, KY 41129 or Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.

Arrangements are under the direction of Steen Funeral Home-Central Avenue Chapel in Ashland.

Condolences may be sent to www.steenfuneralhome.com.