canada africa partner reservation Ramona Lee Dempster Obituary | Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Ramona Lee Dempster Obituary | Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


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On the early morning of April 3, as the sunrise peeked over the sand dunes of the Outer Banks and cast its golden glow over the still waters of Croatan Sound, while waterfowl heralded the new day, Ramona looked out from her home at those magical waters of Southern Shores, NC Surrounded by her children and grandchildren, as the fireplace flickered and 1950s dance music played, Ramona embarked on a one-way ticket to our collective hearts and memories. Born February 1, 1941 in Cambridge, Maryland, to Russell McWilliams and Nannie Leeds Clementine Hurley McWilliams Short. In her early years, Ramona roamed the city along with younger brothers, Shel and Danny, often making sure the two didn’t cause chaos in the neighborhood. The family then moved to Salisbury, Maryland, where Ramona attended Wicomico High School. In her teens, Ramona found herself a minor local celebrity. She was often seen in the public eye for her modeling work for downtown clothing stores and for winning a classic 1950s sock hop competition, which was broadcast both live and on WBOC-TV on a handful of black and white TVs located throughout the city. Around town. Then, in 1960, her eyes met Richard B. Dempster Sr. at Bill’s Seafood, where she, as hostess, checked this tall handsome man in for his dinner reservation. And the rest, as they say, was history. Despite this fleeting taste of fame, Ramona’s greatest joy and achievement was her career as a “housewife” to husband Richard and children, Dick Jr., Kimm, Jeff, Mark and Anne, a job title that seems to have disappeared. of fashion, but should be required case study reading for today’s Ivy League MBA students, because this is a leadership role not for the faint of heart. In their partnership in building a family and a life together, while Richard skipped daily to the comfortable confines of Campbell Soup, Ramona performed her version of Ginger Rogers, dancing backwards in high heels. She managed the 24/7 chaos of five children, through school classes, unprecedented sporting and performance practices and events, emergency hospital visits and emotional, busy social lives. And she did this not just in one location, but in three countries, eleven states and 22 households. At every stop on this expansive map, Ramona has transformed every house into a warm, inviting home, thanks to her impeccable decorating skills. She had an eye for color combinations and a talent for fusing furnishing styles and eras, elements that made no sense on paper but made perfect sense when put into place. Therefore, each Ramona home was a place that always attracted family and friends to linger, laugh and dine as their home away from home. Ramona is survived by her children, Kimm Applegate (Middletown, NJ), Jeff Dempster (Salisbury, Md.), Mark Dempster and wife, Kim (San Francisco, California), Anne Wiseman, and husband, Bob (Camden, NC); brother Sheldon McWilliams and wife Teresa (Rock Hill, SC); together with 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. This group will greatly miss the rowdy gatherings that Ramona (aka: Mom, Mom-Mom, and Gigi) often gathered under her roof. Predeceased by her brother, Danny; and son, Dick Jr., Ramona is now “back together” with her beloved husband Richard after 59 years of devoted marriage. A celebration of life will be held, with Ramona and Richard buried together, at Old Trinity Church, in Woolford, Maryland, overlooking the beautiful waters of Church Creek, followed by a celebratory gathering with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family invites relatives and friends to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (see “How You Can Help, Donate Online”). Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at:

Published on May 12, 2024