Dorothy Jean (DJ) Ramp, 94, died October 20 at Baptist Health Floyd with her daughter by her side.
DJ was born June 28, 1923, in Peoria, Illinois, to Charlie and Nina Bowers. DJ grew up in Elmwood, Illinois, and attended Illinois State University where she earned a certificate in Elementary Education. She later received her B.S. from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. In her early years, she taught in Streator, Yates City and Elmwood, Illinois. In 1956, she and her husband Wayne moved the family to Baghdad, Iraq, so Wayne could establish vocational education for that nation. In 1957, the Ramps moved to Carbondale, Illinois, where DJ gained her Master's Degree and became an academic advisor/counselor at Southern Illinois University. While in Carbondale, she returned to teaching and taught fourth grade for many years.
DJ and Wayne were married for 64 years, until Wayne's death in 2011. She is survived by her children, Stephen W. Ramp (Ellen), David L. Ramp (Ann Scott), and Susan K. Ridout (Kyle); one sister-in-law, Lorrain Mosher; five grandchildren, Alison Buehler (Mike), Charles Ramp, Trevor Ramp (Kelly) Patrick Ridout, and Emily Ridout; and four great-grandchildren, Max, Ben, Cecilia, and Griffin; as well as nephews and nieces.
DJ loved travel, musical and theatrical performances, reading, playing bridge, politics and most of all her family. DJ was a member of St. Mark's UCC and served on one of the many soup kitchen teams. In recent years she also attended Silvercrest Chapel. She was an active member of PEO for more than 70 years.
As an educator, she left her mark on many youth. She was a believer in the power of Education. Two scholarships at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale bear her name for school counseling and future teachers.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's United Church of Christ (222 East Spring Street, New Albany, IN 47150) on Tuesday, November 7 at 11 a.m. Her visitation will be held on Monday, November 6 at St. Mark's from 4 to 6 p.m., and on November 7 at 10 a.m. until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the DJ Ramp Endowed Scholarship Fund for Elementary Education (Southern Illinois University Foundation, 1205 Douglas Drive, Kaplan Hall, Mail Code 6805 Carbondale, Illinois 62901) or St. Mark's UCC. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.NewcomerKentuckiana.com.
Published on November 1, 2017