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Ramona passed away On November 2, 2017
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Ramona Lee & Carl Grant Fausey, Jr. Christmas 2015
Let me introduce you to a beautiful, kind-hearted person, my best friend and wife of forty-one years, Ramona Fausey of Williamsport.
Ramona had ALS. She was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease on April 15, 2015, and it slowly took a toll on her. She was confined to a wheelchair no longer able to stand on her own, walk or talk. Ramona had no use of her arms or legs and had trouble holding up her head. She used an iPhone with “Text to Speech” software to communicate, and although she was right handed she made good use of her left until it too no longer moved. She cannot give the hugs she used to … nevertheless she tries, you can see it in her eyes but her smile lite up a room and the gleam in her eyes showed how much she cared about others. She truly was an inspiration to all of us in the face of this debilitating disease.
Ramona was born and raised in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a professional Fireman for the City of Williamsport and a sales woman at the Sears downtown. She has six siblings and was 61 years old. Ramona chose to serve the community as a Surgical Technologist (CST) with the former Susquehanna Health System.
Together with her husband, they were members of Saint John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, Williamsport. They had three grandchildren, and Ramona was here to feel the joy of another grand baby born. Since her diagnosis in April 2015 she has gone from walking with a cane, to a walker, to a power wheelchair, life on a ventilator, feeding tube nourishment and communication with an eye-scan computer.
She is greatly missed.
Forty years ago she married, while her husband served in the United States Air Force. She raised four children, two sons, and two daughters. Her faith in God was steadfast and strong, as was her belief in the power of prayer.
Ramona was grateful for who she was and although her eyes fill with tears followed by the occasional outburst of a heartfelt cry, she remained firm in her belief there was a way to at least slow, stop or even reverse the effect of this incapacitating disease. Unfortunately, a cure is still beyond reach. Ramona’s family and friends efforts to raise money for Stem Cell therapy treatments failed and the campaign halted. Funds were donated to help cover the cost of her funeral.
Ramona didn't fear death, but believed instead that God never gives you more than you can handle, but rather helps you handle what you’ve been given. To her living was more important. Even though obstacles remained to overcome, she faced her challenges with a sense of accomplishment, with love to share and milestones in life to experience. Her worlds still hold a place in our hearts.
Thank you for your eternal smile, even on the day she went home.
As you may know ALS severely hampers quality of life.
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