June Ramer (1925 - 2010)

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Mavis June Ramer passed away on July 20, 2010, at Madison Valley Medical Center in Ennis due to heart-related problems. She was born June 6, 1925, in Butte, to Madison Valley pioneers Minnie (Criswell) and Frank Herrick, and raised on the family ranch above Cameron.

She attended Bear Creek and Ennis schools, graduating in 1942. Appendicitis derailed her plans to go to business school. She later worked for the First National Bank in Bozeman and the Ennis Cafe.

She met Don Ramer in 1946 when he was on a crew putting power lines in the valley – her mother cooked for the crew. They were married in Butte April 21, 1947, and lived briefly in Bozeman before moving to Gardiner.

Don managed the town of Gardiner, worked part of the Paradise Valley and later managed Yellowstone National Park. From the 1960s on, the couple lived in the park in the summer, including Canyon, Lake and Old Faithful.

As well as running an office in her house, June worked off and on for the Gardiner Post Office and worked for YLMA at Old Faithful. In 1985, she and her husband moved to Cloninger Lane between Bozeman and Belgrade.

When her husband died in 1993, June started going to Tucson, Ariz., in the winter. Later she moved to Ennis, where her daughter joined her, and they lived there and in Livingston and Manhattan.

June was a warm, friendly person and enjoyed handwork, reading, crossword puzzles and traveling; she and her husband traveled from Alaska to Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister, Ione Frisbie; a half-brother and sister; infant brother; and great nephew, Olin Durham.

June is survived by her daughter, Debra of Manhattan; sister, Mona Durham of Cameron; sister-in-law, Rachel Hayes of Missoula; and many nieces, nephews, "greats" and "great-greats" nieces and nephews.

Her ashes will be interred with her parents in Ennis Cemetery in a private graveside service.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 24, 2010
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