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LeeAnne (Spencer) Ramaker
January 18, 1954 ~ July 29, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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LeeAnne Ramaker, 69, of Spring Valley, MN, died on Saturday, July 29, 2023 at Spring Valley Living.
Lee Anne Spencer Ramaker was born January 18, 1954, in Madelia, Minnesota, the eldest child of Merrill H. "Harv" and Dorothy C. "Dottie" Spencer. She died July 29, 2023, at Spring Valley Living in Spring Valley, Minnesota.
Lee Anne joins her beloved husband, Louis Ramaker. They were married January 4, 1975, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madelia.
As an infant, Lee Anne survived a theretofore fatal strain of spinal meningitis. She recovered, but one of the results was epilepsy. Throughout her childhood and teens, she endured daily attacks of grand mal and petit mal seizures, astonishing amounts of anticonvulsants and other drugs, brain surgery, experiments (one involving a diet of 32% cream) and near-fatal drug regimens. She also endured, with the support of loyal friends and relatives (particularly her cousin, Jill Hastings) the cruelty imposed on the different. Through it all, she remained happy and determined.
Her parents - especially her mother, Dottie - were determined that she not be shunted away as was common for children with disabilities at the time.
Lee Anne successfully completed high school. Dottie became a fierce advocate for the disabled, serving as the founding chair of the Advisory Council for Developmental Disabilities of the State of Minnesota and Director of the Minnesota Epilepsy League.
Determined to live independently, Lee Anne moved to Rochester after high school. She worked at Ability Building Center.
In Rochester, she met Louis and a singular love was born. They were inseparable, living as fully as possible. They were almost as dedicated, despite repeated disappointment, to the Twins and the Vikings.
Lee Anne was unfailingly happy, unfailingly friendly and unfailingly devoted to God. We take comfort that she is now with her beloved Louis and her parents, Harv and Dottie.
Lee Anne was preceded in death by Louis, by Harv and Dottie and by her infant sister, Janet.
Lee Anne is survived by her brothers, David (Jane) of Bozeman, Montana; Scott (Lynn Indihar) of St Paul; Paul (Angela) also of St Paul, Eric (Barbara) of Sarasota, Florida, and Longville, Minnesota; and Steven of Minneapolis. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Jack (Eva Cohen), Frank, Lily (Keenan Montgomery), Meryl, Matt, Shannon, Jessica and Will - and her grand-nieces Freyja Cohen and Minda Montgomery.
Lee Anne is also survived by her utterly devoted sister-in-law, Mary Roberts. Words cannot begin to express Lee Anne's and her brothers' gratitude to Mary for all she has done for Louis and Lee Anne. She has been more than a sister.
Funeral services for LeeAnne will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with Pastor Mark Woodward officiating. Burial will take place at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester, MN. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
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