Dorothy Lee Ramos


Dorothy Lee Ramos passed away at the age of 80 on April 19, 2022.

RAMOS—Dorothy Lee Ramos passed away at the age of 80 on April 19, 2022, at her home in Florence, Ore., after a short battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and partner.

Dorothy was one of eight children of Allan and Clara Stumley of Napa, Calif., and was born July 20, 1941. She graduated from Saint Vincent’s High School in Vallejo and went on to attend Armstrong Business college in Berkeley, Calif.

Dorothy married Joseph Ramos on Feb. 2, 1963, and had three children, LeeAnn, Laura and Joe.

Joe and Dorothy raised their children on Soda Canyon Road in Napa, where they enjoyed gardening, camping, boating with friends and family and hosting many parties.

After selling the ranch in Napa, Joe and Dorothy retired to Mendocino, Calif. Dorothy soon became bored with retirement and took a part-time job at Mendocino Botanical Gardens, where her love for gardening flourished.

After Joe passed away in 2011, Dorothy moved back to Napa to start her next chapter in life. This is where she met Rich Caywood. He too had lost his wife a few years earlier. She moved in across the street and he wandered over to welcome her to the neighborhood and there was an instant attraction. They later decided to join their lives and move north to the Oregon coast. Dorothy and Rich both found joy in volunteering at Habitat for Humanity.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter LeeAnn Blazer (Dale) of Burney, Calif., Laura Yager (John) of Napa, Calif., Joe Ramos (Juniper) of Portland, Ore., 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, five siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy’s ever-present smile and energy for life will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

A Memorial Service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 2121 Spring St., Saint Helena, Calif., on June 17, 2022, at 11 a.m. Reception to follow at 1255 Oak Ave., Saint Helena Catholic school gym.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dorothy’s name to Habitat for Humanity at www.habitat.org.

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