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Date: 19 Dec 2004 21:56:39 -0700

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RAMSDELL, Lucy Kingsley

Lucy Ramsdell passed away Thursday, December 16, in Kalamazoo at the age of 102. Born September 10, 1902 in Centreville, Michigan, the daughter of Dr. Aaron Floyd and Rozie (Leland) Kingsley, she spent most of her growing up years in Battle Creek. After two years at Albion College, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan followed by a masters degree in religious education at Boston University.
In 1935 she married Dr. Edward Ramsdell, an ordained Methodist minister. They raised their family in Nashville, Tenn. and Evanston, Ill., where Dr. Ramsdell taught theology first at Vanderbilt University and later at Garrett Biblical Institute. After her husband's death in 1957, she worked as registrar at Kendall College in Evanston. After retiring, Lucy returned to Michigan, settling at Friendship Village. In Kalamazoo, she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. Her family remembers her as a loving grandma, an avid gardener, a lover of music and books. Often ahead of her time, she was a champion of social issues who lived her convictions and passed them on to her children and grandchildren. They are: her daughter, Janet Illeni of Kalamazoo, and son, Richard (Betty) Ramsdell of Flint; her grandchildren, Elisa (Jonathan) Love, Cristina Illeni, Jennifer Ramsdell, Jodie (Paul) Bathish, Michael (Jennifer) Ramsdell, Catherine Ramsdell, Kori (Nick) Kozak; her g!
reat grandchildren, Jacob, Mason and Lily Bathish; her brother, Dr. Paul (Francis) Kingsley; nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Fred, and sister, Sarah.
In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in January (date to be determined) at Friendship Village in Kalamazoo. Memorial contributions may be directed to a local chapter of Planned Parenthood, the YWCA Domestic Assault Program in Kalamazoo, or the Women's Shelter in Flint. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes www.langelands.com
Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 12/19/2004. (Posted by a volunteer-no family connection)

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