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Rita Mae Ramsdell
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“Our love and prayers to the family! Rita was the little gal next door that always wanted to go with and do the things that Chuck and I did! So glad...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: DeWayne & Lorraine Drallette - MI

“Doretta and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know there is nothing that will fill the void of losing your mom. I have a lot of happy and fun...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Michelle (Kline) Sanders - MO

“We were in junior high and went to hear a speaker with the Methodist church. Rita ask me to go to the alter call with her and she gave her life to...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Leach Swinehart - Pine Lake, MI

“Doretta , and all of the Family.I'm Sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person. I will never forget all of the good times we had, when your...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Sandy Colton (Kline) - Lingle, WY

“Rita, a full of life gal and also a compassionate person.'REST IN PEACE RITA'A friend for ever,Leon Hayward ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Leon Hayward - Vicksburg, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Rita was such a wonderful, loving spirit. She was a great friend to my Grandma,...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Ashley Volz - Charlotte, MI

“To David, Rita is in good hands now.may she rest in peace. ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: roger lewman - battle creek, MI

“David and family:We are sorry for your loss and pray God will bring you much comfort in remembering all of the memories you shared with Rita. Rita...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Duane & Marilyn Metty - Scotts, MI

“Thank you Aunt Rita, for kindly sending me the memory box of pictures after Grandma Vosburg passed. It will always be a treasured gift. Although I...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Tina Ji (Vosburg) - Los Angeles, CA

“We have known Rita since our school days and are deeply saddened to learn of her passing. Our sincere condolences to Dave, her sister, Rosemary, and...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Phil and Jolene White - Scotts, MI

“Many wonderful memories thinking about the Ramsdell family. May you find peace and comfort in these great days you have all shared. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Diane Stephenson - Scotts, MI

“Rita, you are a beloved friend and neighbor. We will miss you dearly. Thank you for being a part of our extended family and touching our lives. ...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Jennifer Preston - Scotts, MI

“Will always cherish the talkes on the phone, Chinese food, all that shopping, and most of all your love. Thanks for always being there for Cindy and...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda

“You were such a dear friend to our Mom and after she passed away became a terrific bonus Mom to Brenda and I. We will treasure your unconditional...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Cindy Turner - Galesburg, MI

“My oldest friend - over 60 years! I will often remember so many of our times together and miss her always. ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Janelle Pocock - Oklahoma City, OK

“A life well-lived is a precious gift of hope,strength, and graceyou made our worldbrighter and a better placeour hearts are filled with memories...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: David, Lindsey, Samantha, Scotty, Allie, Benny & Joon ~~~~~~~~~ - MI

“You will forever be in my heart, and memories! I love you Gramma! ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Jennifer Wilson (Martin)

“Love and miss you mom, Doretta ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Doretta Boase - Delton, MI

“Thank you for being my mom. Love Mary Jayne ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Jayne - Battle Creek, MI

“I love my mom! ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Rosemary Semonski - O'Fallon, MO


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Rita Mae Ramsdell, 76 of Scotts, died Thursday, October 6, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 30, 1940 in Battle Creek, Michigan to her parents Cecil A. and Oella G. (Jackson) Vosburg. She was a 1985 Climax-Scotts Adult Education Graduate, and she drove a school bus for 14 years with the Climax-Scotts School District. She also worked for the Cowcatcher Restaurant in Climax, Michigan. Later in life she provided full time care for her aging father, mother and mother in-law, Mildred Ramsdell. She was a lifelong residence of mid-west Michigan residing solely in the Climax-Scotts community.
Rita was united in marriage 56 years ago on December 19, 1960 in Angola, Indiana to her husband David E. Ramsdell. Rita is survived by her husband David, and her children, Mary Jayne (Bill) Martin, Daniel (Paige) Ramsdell, Doretta (Brad) Boase, Rosemary (Kos) Semonski, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and her sister Rosemary (Robert) Oostveen. Rita was proceeded in death by her parents, Cecil and Oella Vosburg, and her brother Charles Vosburg.
Rita loved being with her grandchildren, hosting family gatherings, egg hunts, picnics and going to the zoo. She adored Mickey Mouse, loved making cookies, strawberry jam, shopping, shopping and, of course, shopping. Rita had a talent for making ceramics, crocheting afghans, planning parties and taking care of others.
Visitation will be Wednesday, October 12 from 4-7 PM at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Augusta Chapel, 307 N. Webster, Augusta, Michigan.
Funeral Services to celebrate Rita's life will be officiated by Pastor Beverly Williams of Climax United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Augusta Chapel, 307 N. Webster, Augusta, Michigan.
Interment will follow at 11:30 AM at Ft. Custer National Cemetery located at 15501 Dickman Rd., Augusta, Michigan.
Memorial donations may be directed to "Hospice of Southwest Michigan".