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Judy Parker Ramey, 74, of Morehead, educator, community leader, and devoted family member and friend, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead.

Judy was born July 6, 1942, in Midland, the daughter of Jack and Lillian Myers Parker. Besides her parents, Judy was preceded in death by an infant sister, Roxanne; an infant granddaughter, Gabriella Marriner; and her husband, Herbert Dean Ramey, who passed away March 12, 2002.

Judy is survived by two daughters, Darinda Ramey-Marriner of Morehead and Vonda Ramey Melton and husband Dale of Lexington; three grandchildren, Emma Caroline Marriner, Landon Parker Melton, and Christian Dean Melton. She also leaves behind extended family including her church and school families, as well as many friends.

Judy's life experiences, which she fully embraced, were many and varied. She often bragged about learning life's lessons in the Farmers Post Office and Parker's Grocery, where she spent most of her childhood. Always, Judy embraced those valuable insights and practices in every endeavor. She graduated from Morehead High School in 1959 and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Morehead State University, as well as Rank I. She also received counseling and principal's certifications and participated in various professional organizations. During her career with Rowan County schools, she was an educator at every level. Judy taught reading, was involved with the gifted and talented program and served as long-time counselor at the middle school. She retired in 1995 as principal at Clearfield Elementary.

Judy was a staunch supporter of the community through civic and church activities. She was past president of Rotary of Morehead and a three-time Paul Harris Fellow, current president of Career Women Investors, secretary-treasurer of Siloam Cemetery Association, and volunteer at the Community Soup Kitchen. Judy also enjoyed spearheading the annual Farmers reunion and her high school class reunions and helping Herb with Ducks Unlimited. A member of Farmers Christian Church since birth, she was often referred to as the Dorcas of the church and served on various boards and in leadership positions including Sunday school teacher and song leader. She also worked with children's church and Vacation Bible School. Serving the Lord was very important to Judy.

Judy and Herb, who married in 1961, instilled traditional values into family living. Whether camping, vacationing, reading, doing chores, or just relaxing, "the best" from each was expected. Children and grandchildren were charged with carrying on the tradition of their grandparents, "lifelong learning."

Following retirement, Judy and Herb enjoyed golfing and spending winters in Florida. Judy was an avid reader, loved all things musical, traveling to Europe, crocheting, and spending special times with family and friends.


A Celebration of Life was held 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals Memorial Chapel with Minister Billy Noble, Elder Paul Semisch, and the Rev. Paul Prabell officiating. Burial was in Siloam Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Homer Hurst, Sam Lawson, Shelby Lawson, Sr., Sam Cross, Darrell Glover, Phillip Swim, Marvin Moore, John Osborne, Van David Alexander, and Barry Emmons.

Visitation was from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals in Morehead.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Morehead State University Foundation for the Herb Ramey Memorial Scholarship, Palmer Development House, Morehead, KY 40351

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Published on November 7, 2016
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