Ramona Ratliff Murphy


obit-murphy-scan_20161107-3Ramona R. Murphy, of Delta, Colo., formerly of Pagosa Springs, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to meet her heavenly Father on Oct. 22. She was 81 years old.

Ramona was born on April 26, 1935, in Daisy, Ky. As a young girl, her family later moved to Estill, S.C., where at 17 she met and married the love of her life and husband of 64 years, Ronald Murphy. She became a career military wife and loving mother to their five children. After her husband’s retirement from the military, they moved overseas, where her husband continued his career in aviation. Ramona loved traveling to different countries, meeting new people and discovering the world around her; she never met a stranger.

In 1985, she and Ronald retired again and made their home in Pagosa Springs, where Ramona began working for the Bank of the Southwest and Bank of the San Juans. She loved working with the public and the people she called her second family. After 20 years in Pagosa, she and Ronald made their final move to Delta to enjoy the milder winters and family on the Western Slope.

Ramona is survived by her husband, Ronald Murphy, of Delta, Colo.; her children, Andrew Murphy and wife Shelly, of Nevada, Iowa; Tim Murphy and wife Diane, of Delta, Colo.; Ronald Murphy Jr. and wife Keila, of Prescott, Ariz.; Mary Murphy Biddle and husband Vince, of Rosston, Ark.; Martha Murphy, of Pagosa Springs and Delta, Colo.; her grandchildren, Brandon Franks, Joshua Murphy, Dylan Murphy, Chris Rogers, Alison Strickland, Kyle Taylor, Tess Taylor, David Murphy, Natalie Pintal, Andrew Murphy Jr. and Katy Murphy; her great-grandchildren, Layla Forrest, Easton Strickland, Preslyn Strickland and Nathan Rogers. She is proceeded in death by her parents, Wayne and Rosmond Ratliff.

Ramona will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Rest in peace, Mona.