Joyce Elaine Ramerman

July 07, 1953 - March 14, 2017

Joyce Elaine Ramerman

July 07, 1953 - March 14, 2017


Joyce Elaine Ramerman, age 63, of Bellingham, WA passed away surrounded by family and friends early in the morning on March 14, 2017 at St. Joseph Medical Center. She was born on July 7, 1953 in Seattle, WA, the daughter of Allan Ramerman and Grace Brink Ramerman.
Joyce was a shining light to all who knew her. Quick to share a smile or a joke, she touched the lives of all she met. She worked at Western Washington University for almost 30 years in various roles, staying dedicated to her job, and enjoying her coworkers and her “kids” who frequented her store. She cherished time with family and friends, loved playing cards or board games, grabbing milkshakes with her dear friend Marianne, needlepoint, and her cat Millie.
She is survived by her two children Alieca (Matt) Prendergast, Karl (Pauli) Johnson, her 5 grandchildren Aiden, Austin, Madison, Owen, Trace, her brother Gerald Ramerman, and her sister Beverly Leeper.
A celebration of life will be held at Woodstock Farms in Bellingham, WA on March 24, 2017 at 1:00pm.
Condolences may be sent to Moles Farewell Tributes in Bellingham, WA.

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13 responses to Joyce Elaine Ramerman

  1. Drew says:

    Joyce was my friend. For two years, I lived in Fairhaven and would come sit next to her in the POD store and talk about everything. We’d make fun of goofy freshman together, tell juicy secrets, and complain about stupid stuff.
    In a world where it sometimes feels like everyone is walking on eggshells, Joyce’s unfiltered, forward nature made her such a gem that was treasured by the WWU community. She reminded everyone the value of someone who calls it like it is.

    Anyone who got to know Joyce knew she had a heart of gold and more compassion than she’d ever admit. She gave me more confidence in what I wanted to do in life than she knew. In her own way, she always told me I could reach beyond my goals.

    I wish I got to say goodbye. Joyce will be missed.

  2. Porter says:

    I talked to Joyce almost every day when I lived in the Fairhaven dormatorys. She had a good sense of humor and would always show me her doodling. I though she was rather artistic. She was a positive cuantity in my early adult live, even though we were practcially strangers.

  3. Cindy Monger says:

    My Facebook post today: Please don’t doubt that you make a difference in many people’s lives. Please, think about telling people if they make a difference in yours. I’m glad I did. For 7 years Joyce made me smile while swiping my card at Fairhaven Dining Hall, even when I could hardly drag myself out of bed, even when I was stressed out about a test, or going through a break up. Every spring Joyce sat at home and watched WWU graduation on TV clapping for the students she knew. I started doing it as soon as I started working in the AS. She loved her students, just as I love the ones I am lucky to know. I tried to get over to Fairhaven to visit, and she always remembered me, even as time got further away from when I lived there. Joyce, thank you for all you gave to Western and to me. I’ll miss your Joy.

  4. My condolences to all of Joyce’s friends and especially to my cousins Bev and Gerald. I know how hard it is to lose a sister. May Joyce rest in peace; know that she no longer suffers and is in a much better place.

  5. Joyce you were the best! Your sassy ways always lifted my spirits. I loved going to the Fairhaven market when you were there and talking to you. I’m going to miss seeing you there. I remember one time when I wasn’t having a good day, I looked like a drowning cat and I got a tub of ice cream, candy and chips. You looked at me and said,” well it looks like you’re struggling there!” And I remember laughing and smiling because it was your own way of saying hang in there and I loved it. Every time I’m truggling I think of that time and I push on through. Myself along with every WWU student who had the honor of getting to know you will miss you greatly Joyce but it was an honor to have met.

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