Shirley Alice Petersen Ramsay passed away on July 23, 2013 at her home in Monticello, surrounded by family.
Funeral services were held July 29. Interment is in the Monticello City Cemetery.
Shirley was born on June 9, 1929 in Reno, NV to Viggo and Mary Alice Petersen. She was raised most of her life in Reno, except for two years during World War II, when they lived in San Francisco.
As a child she was quite a “Tomboy”. She loved to climb trees and hang by her feet upside down.
Shirley graduated from high school two days before her 18th birthday and was the first member of her family to attend college.
She attended Brigham Young University, where she met Clarence Ramsay. Clarence and Shirley were married in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, April 7, 1948. They settled in Monticello, UT where Clarence had a farm.
Shirley and Clarence had 10 children and raised nine to adulthood. She loved her babies and always kept them clean and well fed.
As they grew older, she loved to have fun family activities such as going to Montezuma Canyon, family picnics, Easter egg hunting, fishing, trips to Reno and Disneyland, and so on.
She also worked helping Clarence on the farm. She spent many hours driving tractor, hoeing beans, driving truck, and running the Ramsay Farms egg business.
Shirley had a special talent with cattle raising, and they built up a superior herd.
Shirley continued her education, earning an Associate of Arts Degree from the College of Eastern Utah in Psychology and Social Work. She also earned her Real Estate license and was successful in selling real estate in Monticello and Blanding.
Shirley had a strong testimony of the gospel. She lived her religion. She always felt the importance of obeying the prophet. Missionary work was important to her.
Clarence and Shirley supported five sons on missions, as well as many grandsons, granddaughters, relatives, and friends. They also spent a year on a couples mission working at church visitors centers in the St. George area.
Shirley’s greatest treasure was her family. She loved her family totally and unconditionally, and she delighted in the grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they came along.
Shirley is survived by her husband of 65 years, Clarence Ramsay; children: Kevin (Robin) Ramsay, Aleta (Dan) Warren, Sheila (Cal) Sneed, Delta Ramsay, Jason (Lori) Ramsay, Erwin (Marie) Ramsay, Shane Ramsay, Regan (Wendy) Ramsay; 45 grandchildren, and 62 great-grandchildren.
Welcoming her in the spirit world are her parents, sisters Nanette and Verna, a brother Vance, and two sons, Tyson and Baby Boy Ramsay.
Card of thanks
The family of Shirley Ramsay would like to express appreciation for the great outpouring of love and service for her and for our family.
We would like to thank all those who have helped care for her in the past few months, with the funeral arrangements and food; and Danny Palmer for his compassionate and professional service.