Donna Muriel Ramsey passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at her home of 55 years in Castaic, Calif. Born March 24, 1939, Donna Muriel Sutherland to Robert Jesse Sutherland and Muriel Clara Kidd, Donna was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and later moved to Michigan, where she met and married her husband William David Ramsey of Flint, Michigan. Together, Bill & Donna moved to California to escape the cold and “…never looked back.” Donna’s siblings, Betty Sutherland (Lancaster, Calif.), Debbie Sutherland-Stauffer (Lancaster, Calif.), and David Sutherland (Tecumseh, Kan.) spent their early adulthood with her in California.
Donna was an avid horsewoman, a dog trainer and a leader in the Castaic Cougars 4-H Club, a member and leader in the Castaic Saddle Club, and one of the original members of what is now known as New Life Baptist Church in Castaic. She was also an enthusiastic member of the Tea Party Patriots. She served 29 years as a medical records supervisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and received a special citation for dedicated service and membership with the SEIU Local 721.
Donna is survived by four daughters and their spouses: Cheryl (Sheri) Lynn Ramsey-Johnston and John Johnston of Ontario, Canada; Kimberly Ann Ramsey-Bostick and Bart Bostick of Morongo Valley, Calif.; Lisa Ramsey-Russell and Benjamin Russell, Sr. of New Albany, Ind.; and Lori Ramsey-Lazarek and Greg Lazarek of Saugus, Calif. Her cherished grandchildren include Randall Frank, Jason Dunn, Tamara Dunn, Amberly Frank, Dakota Russell, and Aubrey Bostick and her amazing great grandchildren are Randall Dean Frank and Lucy Janae Dunn. Donna is preceded in death by her husband, William David Ramsey (9/6/2000) and grandchild, Nathanael Calow Bostick (3/11/2002).
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 3, with viewing starting at 11:00 a.m. and services starting at 1:00 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park (23287 Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA 91321) with Pastor Jonathan Fountain officiating. A reception will immediately follow at New Life Baptist Church (27754 Church Street, Castaic, CA 91384). Donna volunteered and contributed to the Santa Clarita Valley Pregnancy Center, the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita, and the American Diabetes Association. The family requests that donations be made to any of these organizations.