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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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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

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