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With profound sadness we announce the passing of Vickie Mari Ramirez, our loving, free-spirited Mother, Partner, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother and Friend to all whose lives she touched on Monday, November 16, 2020.

Vickie Mari Ramirez, age 65, of Grant, was born on March 19, 1955, in Midland, to Glen & Ann (Kangas) Laramie. She graduated from Meridian High School and took a job in a local bakery.  This jumpstarted a creative career in cake decorating for which she won many accolades. Vickie was raised to work hard for what she wanted, this determination led to owning her own bakery, The Village Bake Shoppe in Ravenna, MI.  She was renowned for her cake decorating and the best donuts ever made. After selling the bakery she continued working in management and food services for Meijer. Prior to retirement, she worked as food safety manager for Blarney Castle Oil Company.

Vickie loved her Diet Coke, cooking, plants and cats. It was her family she loved fiercely and most of all. She was creative and enjoyed bringing her visions to life as gifts for family and friends. She believed in helping others grow and made sure they knew they were valued. For this she was a beloved boss everywhere she worked. We will remember her smile, her long red hair, her warmth, her unwavering acceptance, and feistiness. She has made a difference in the lives of many. Peace, man!

Survivors include her partner in life and love, Michael Billingsley; loving children Selina (Kolleen) Ramirez and J.R. (Tamara) Ramirez.
She will be sorely missed by her siblings David Laramie, Renee Forsyth, Denis (Shelley) Laramie, Dan (Tina) Laramie and Kristin (Glenn) Zubler. Vickie loved her grandchildren Avery Teunnisen, Ariana DeBonte and Jayce Ramirez with a childlike heart. She also had a soft spot for all her granddoggies; especially Dawber Lou. Vickie will be mourned by her many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Ann Laramie; Brother-in-Law Scott Forsyth. There will be a private family ceremony. We plan to have a Celebration of Life when we can safely gather and will provide details at a later time.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Vickie’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Renee Forsyth on November 19, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    I feel so helpless right now. My heart truly broke. Vicky helped me so much with Scott and I couldn’t even pay her back. We had plans to retire together and play! I love you and miss you so much my dear sweet sister.

  2. Monica graff on November 19, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Vikie will be dearly missed! Growing up with her son had my sister and i spending many days at her house. She loved eveyone and had a huge heart! She will be dearly missed. Rest in peace vickie!!

  3. Glenda Skym on November 19, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Will ways remember our trip to Boston. Had such a great time with her and Ann. She will definitely be missed by many! Rest in peace, Vickie!

  4. Patricia Kelly on November 19, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Selina and JR we are so sorry for the loss of your mother Vickie. We remember her as a kind hearted neighbor and mom who loved her kids.
    Jim and Pat Kelly

  5. Barb Warwick on November 19, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Although I never met your mother Selina she must have been remarkable as she raised such a wonderful daughter. Reading so many comments, she really had an impact on many people. You and your family have been blessed to have her in your lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sympathy, Paul and Barb Warwick

  6. Tom lavigne on November 20, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I’m so sorry for yalls loss!! Vicki was a wonderful lady ,and enjoyed family gatherings with her… you will be deeply missed….

  7. nancy collins on November 20, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Im so so sad about this beautiful lady. She was food service manager for Blarney Castle when i was a deli manager in Central Lake and my son was Deli Manager in Charlevoix…. She was a gem. My son and Vickie had such a special bond , He cherished her…. Prayers to the family of this special lady.. I will think of her fondly and often..

  8. Brandy on November 21, 2020 at 11:46 am

    She was an amazing, caring human being. She was always there when I needed advice and was upset. Hearing this truly broke my heart. My sympathy and prayers go out to everyone!

  9. Gary Leach on November 23, 2020 at 2:08 am

    I am so sad to learn of my first cousin’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing her and she will be greatly missed by so many folks. Rest in Peace. Cousin Gary Leach in Johannesburg, South Africa

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