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Joyce Harriet Ramsey passed away on July 1, 2019, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded in love with her family by her side. Joyce was born in Westerly, Rhode Island on August 31, 1944, to Floyd and Harriet Magrey and had six brothers and sisters.

Joyce came of age in the 1960’s and fully embraced the peace, love, liberation and freedom that accompanied that era. She eventually married and had two daughters, Jill (Mike Schmidt) Ramsey-Baughn and Tammy (Stephen) Griffee. She taught her daughters how to be graceful in time of trial and to keep a positive attitude. Although her life was filled with some rough moments, she always came out on top and never looked back. She was affectionately known as G-ma by her grandchildren, Tyler Ramsey, Megan (Scott) Trevorrow, Austin Coleman, Mel Baughn, Kristyn Coleman, Jewelia Coleman and Mitchell Ramsey. In addition, she was blessed to meet her great-grandson, Owen, four months ago.

Joyce loved a good sarcastic joke, Captain and coke and family (sometimes in that order). She gave love and criticism freely and without pause to everyone, including strangers, which sometimes led to a few awkward moments. She was proud of her cooking, and her family gratefully reaped the benefits of this. She never got the knack of cooking for a smaller family though and we always had enough food to feed the neighborhood. As she grew older, she spent her time with her puzzle books, reading tablet, the Property Brothers and Chip and Joanna Gaines.

There will be a memorial open house to celebrate her life on Saturday July 6th from 1-4 at her home. She will be deeply missed by all who had the honor to be a part of her life.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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12 Condolences

  1. Tammy L Griffee on July 3, 2019 at 9:19 am

    You were such and amazing Mom, G-ma, and friend. You will be truly missed. You will stay forever in our hearts. R.I.P. mom.

  2. Robin Mitchell Brochu on July 3, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Tammy & Jill, I’m so, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such an amazing woman. I loved her smile and huge laugh. My best memories of her are riding in the back of her pickup truck to her house in Gales Ferry, looking for water snakes with her in the brook by the house, and your mom delivering a love note to a neighbor’s son for me. As great as an aunt she was, that was nothing to how wonderful she was as a mom. You girls, and your children, were her life. Treasure your memories until you’re together again. With lots of love, Robin

  3. Tyler Ramsey on July 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

    She was such an amazing women who brightened everyone’s day no matter how dark times were you’ll be truly missed and love you very much grandma

  4. SHARLA A WALLER on July 3, 2019 at 10:23 am

    We are so sorry for your loss and pray that your family can get through this difficult time with the love and support of all who knew Joyce and the impact she had on your family.

  5. Lita Trevino on July 3, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Keeping you and you family in prayer!!

  6. Megan Trevorrow on July 3, 2019 at 11:26 am

    You were the best grandma and friend anyone could have every asked for. Going on everyday without you on this earth is going to be the hardest thing. I love you

  7. Kelly Burris on July 3, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    To the family ,

    Your mom was an incredible woman who never let the tough times bring her down. She was funny and bright and was like a mom to me growing up and I am sure to many more. Sending prayers of comfort during your difficult time.

  8. Mitchell on July 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Hello gramma I am so sad to see you have gone away. But you are in a better place now so I am kind of glad to see you are happy. I miss you so much. I love you and I will never stop loving you.

  9. Cheryl Slagle on July 3, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Dear Jill and Tammy,
    Karen and I are so sorry to hear of Aunt Joyces passing. She was so very welcoming and kind to me when I was stationed in Hawaii and so far away from home when you both were sweet little girls. You brought her so much joy then, I can only imagine how much happiness you brought as you grew and had familys of your own. Her obituary was exactly the Aunt Joyce I remember. My mom loved her dearly and it makes me smile to think that they are together with their BIG personalities!
    We hope your memories bring you comfort in this sad time.
    Your cousins-
    Cheryl Slagle and Karen Bourque

  10. Jewelia Coleman on July 3, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Grandma you made all of us so happy and when u were here we spent so much time together and you will be missed I love u and miss you grandma

  11. Shea Lynn and Tim loper on July 4, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I wanna say thank you for everything you have done for me and my kid’s thanks for being here for me and guidance in my lifetime I will always be thankful for you.
    Love you too the moon and back. RIP mama till I see you again are Beautiful Angel .

  12. Carolyn Adams on July 6, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    For some things in life there are no words…I love you Say hi to everyone for me. Until we meet again, May you Rest In Peace, Joyce.


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