In the prime of her life, 55-year-old Ramona, or Mo, which she was fondly called by her co-workers, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006, often concealing her pain while working as a dispatcher at the Macon County Sheriff’s Department. She endured colon surgery at UMC and later began receiving chemo treatments at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“After her surgery and eight treatments, she was diagnosed cancer free,” her husband, David, said, “yet after returning to work, the disease returned and she was referred by friends and family to the Cancer facility in Oklahoma. Flying back and forth for days at a time was difficult for both of us, but she kept rebounding between good days and bad days.”
“Mom’s faith remained strong and true,” her daughter Jennifer said, “always accepting whatever came her way as God’s will.”
Taking treatments on and off for three years, Ramona managed to still work at least a couple of days a week, with Sheriff Mark Gammons organizing a fishing tournament on Cordell Hull Lake to help the Hart’s with mounting medical expenses.
“Ramona was definitely my rock,” David said with tears in his eyes, “we complimented each other so to speak, remaining steadfast and true, side by side through many long days of pain and suffering.”
“The Lord is with us when we are sick and He is ready to offer comfort. Sometimes it’s difficult to see where to begin reaching for God during trying times, but Ramona knew the power of prayer is profound and limitless.”
“God doesn’t allow us to see the end of the road, just where to take our next step,” David continued. He doesn’t provide a blue print to explain every detail and Ramona listened with her heart and strived to follow His lead, never wavering in her belief. I know she is in a better place where the agony she endured is over and the comforting arms of Christ are around her.”
“Mrs. Ramona was a loyal, hardworking dispatcher for the Macon County Sheriff’s Department,” said Sheriff Mark Gammons, “and she was always concerned when she received calls of distress, willing to help any way she could.”
“She fought a long hard battle against cancer often unable to work, and I constantly supported her, reminding her she would always have a job here with my department.”
“She will be sadly missed by all of us here at the Justice Center, as well as the people of Macon County,” Sheriff Gammons sadly remarked, “but Ramona will always be in our thoughts and prayers. She will never be forgotten.”
“For those of you who never had a chance to know Ramona,” David said, “her most outstanding character trait lay in her giving spirit & the care and concern she lavished on everyone. She was grateful for each sunrise and sunset at the end of the day and whenever there was an obstacle in her way, she would overcome it with an attitude of love. The world was a brighter place because of her.”
Funeral services were held Friday, October 2nd, 2009 in the chapel at Alexander Funeral Home conducted by Bro. Billy Traughber with interment in the Macon County Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her husband David Hart of Lafayette; son David Hart II and daughter Jennifer Hart Jones both also of Lafayette; mother Elva Baker and brother Jim Baker both of Nashville; and three grandchildren, Jessica Hart, Chelsey Jones and Brandon Noles all of Lafayette.