May, Ramona

Ramona Mae (Ohlmann) May was born on May 27, 1930, in Crookston, Neb. to Albert and Minnie Ohlmann. She attended several country schools in the area and graduated from 8th grade at Zion Lutheran Grade School in 1944. She attended one year of high school in New Ulm, Minn. before moving back to Valentine to work. In 1955, she married Dan May and they moved to Interior, S.D. During their time there they were blessed with three children, Dennis, Clint, and Kay. She moved back to Valentine in 1998, where she spent the rest of her life enjoying time with family. 

Ramona was born into the Lutheran faith, confirmed in May 1944, and remained a strong Christian her entire life. She was a member of the Ladies Aide as well as a helpful hand for any church event. 

Ramona’s passion in life was her family, and she helped raise the many children that passed through her door. She welcomed them with open arms, a smile, and a freshly made pan of cinnamon rolls or cheerio bars. She loved playing cards with family and friends. It was a known fact that during a game of pitch you were in good hands if you were on her team and in trouble if you weren’t. 

Family was the most important thing in Ramona‘s life. Some of her happiest times were spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of her daily prayers was that all of her loved ones would enjoy God’s blessings and meet in heaven one day. 

Ramona was called home to heaven on June 28, 2018, in Kearney. She is survived by her sisters: Berdien Morrison and Gertrude Horn. Children: Dennis May (Theresa), Clint May, and Kay Hand (Tracy). Grandchildren: Malynda Moore (Sean), Trevor May (Ricki), Paige May, Anne May, Mandi May, Seth May (Ashlee), Fern Maramag (Drew), Angie Hand, Justin Hand (Samantha), and Jeromy Hand (Jenna). Great-grandchildren: Max Moore, Emilie and Aurora Woods, Tucker and LilyRay May, Myley and Maycee May, Liam, Jace, and Koen Maramag, Jarek and Jayvin Erickson, and Lydia Hand. 

She is preceded in death by her parents Albert and Minnie Ohlmann, her husband Dan May, and her brother Robert Ohlmann. 

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 3 at 10:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Valentine. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family. 

Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was entrusted with service arrangements.

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