Latane Worsham Ramey

Latane Worsham Ramey

A grand and amazing lady left us on January 3, 2019, at home, surrounded by her loving family.  Latane Worsham Ramey was born July 5, 1920, in Neuville, Texas, to Mary Belle (Power) Worsham, a school teacher, and Thomas Pleasant Worsham, a barber, occasional dentist and often part-time undertaker in their rural community.  She grew up in this East Texas piney woods town riding her horse, Dan, to school, playing the piano in church, and attending every “all day singing and supper on the ground” she could get to.  She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1937 and attended McCracken Business School in Center, Texas.

After working for two years as a legal secretary for various attorneys, Latane went to work for the WPA (Work Progress Administration) in San Antonio, TX.  In 1941 she moved to Fort Worth, TX, to close the WPA office there.  During WWII she volunteered for the Red Cross, driving an ambulance, often taking wounded soldiers back and forth to USO shows.  After the war, while working for Gulf Oil as a legal secretary, she met her life-long love General Roger M. Ramey, 8th Air Force Commander, at Carswell AFB.  She was playing piano for a group of friends at a party and he was captured and enthralled by her energy, elegance and vivaciousness.  They were married in 1950 in Shelbyville, Texas.   Accompanying Roger throughout his career, Latane lived in Washington, DC; Seoul, Korea; Nagoya, Japan; Ft. Worth, TX; Arlington, VA; and Los Angeles, CA.  In her home, she entertained foreign heads of state, military leaders, and Washington politicians with the same natural ease and grace with which she entertained friends around the piano. 

After Roger’s death in 1963, Latane moved back to Denton, TX, Roger’s family home, to begin the daunting task of raising their two young children (Kent, 11, and Tammy, 5) as a single mother.  She became a vital part of the Denton community.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church, past President of Chapter BK, P.E.O. Sisterhood, initiated by the alumni into Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, a charter member of Denton Benefit League, and active in the Modern Era Department of Ariel Club.  She served on the boards of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the United Way.  In later years she volunteered at the Denton Community Food Center and delivered food for Meals on Wheels.  She loved to dance, play cards, and work jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She played the piano all of her life, loved to travel, golfed, and was an avid tennis player until she was 82.

Latane was a great friend to all who knew her and could warm a room with her smile.  She could whip up a martini or make a toothbrush from a sweet gum twig.  She was equally comfortable in a formal setting or just sitting by the wood burning stove in the back room of her sister’s country store.  She could shell peas or put on a grand dinner party.  Latane loved a challenge and could not resist a dare.  She was the “go-to” source for all of her children’s friends on what to wear, what to do and how to act.  Ever elegant and still tom-boyish, she was always a lady and epitomized graciousness.  The younger women who knew her always said “We want to be Latane!”.   Her feisty attitude and quick dry wit stayed with her until the end, making her a favorite among staff and residents alike at Willow Bend Assisted Living. 

She is greatly missed by her two children: son, Kent Ramey (wife, Helene), and daughter, Tammy Neu (husband, Bobby), all of Denton; four grandsons: Chase Eager, Seth Ramey, Max Neu, and Zach Neu; sister-in-law, Iris Ramey, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Gen. Roger Maxwell Ramey; her parents, Mary Belle and Tom Worsham;  step-mother, Vertie Lee Worsham; brother, Hercle Worsham;  and sisters, Flora Bailey and Maggie Daw.

The family would like to sincerely thank all of the employees at Willow Bend Assisted Living for their dedication and loving care, as well as Synergy Home Care and Ardent Hospice for their time and devotion. All who knew her loved her!  She will be remembered for her warmth, fast and funny sense of humor, “Lataneisms” and her love of life!    

A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 14th, at 1:00 PM in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Denton.  Memorials may be given to Denton County Veteran‘s Coalition (3250 Jim Christal Rd, Denton, TX 76209), the Denton Community Food Center, or the Children’s Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Denton.