Mary Edith Ramsey Johnsen (1925 - 2018)

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It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Edith Ramsey Johnsen announces her death to life-everlasting on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at Lotus Homes Galaxia Assisted Living in Albuquerque, N.M. Mary Edith had been a resident there since May 2017, where she was lovingly cared for until her death.
Mary Edith was born to Luther and Elizabeth Ramsey on August 28, 1925, in Las Vegas, N.M. She was the younger of two daughters. Her sister, Shirley Franken, preceded her in death in 2006.
She attended Highlands University and got her degree in business education and minored in music and library science. In 1948, she married Robert Thomas Johnsen, who preceded her in death in 1992.
She is survived by her three children: Robert Thomas Jr. (Martha), John William (Leslie) and Mary Kay Hoppe (Roger).
Her grandchildren are Jessica Amanda (Dave), Ian Ralph, Thea Jean Johnsen Andrews (Derek), Jeffrey A. Hoppe and Gwen M. Hoppe; her great grandchildren are Alma Serene, Miles Thomas, Calliope Araceli Johnsen Chavez and Isla Lee Johnsen Andrews. We would be amiss to not include her beloved and enormously spoiled cats Cia and Apollo as very loved survivors.
Also surviving her are numerous nephews and nieces, to whom she was lovingly known as "Aunt Lidi" and other relatives and friends.
Mary Edith (or M.E., as so many called her) was a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, a place she dearly loved and referred to as "my little town." She attended Immaculate Conception School from kindergarten to high school graduation and then worked for the Gross Kelly Company.
After marrying Robert Sr., she dedicated herself to her family and home. She was a devout Catholic and in her healthy days, attended daily Mass. When she could no longer get out, she attended Mass on TV. She devoted herself to her faith and family and was an active member of the Ladies' Altar Society and Catholic Daughters.
Her passion was music and she gave private piano lessons for 30 years and played the organ at Immaculate Conception Church. Her musical talents led her to also play the harp.
Her husband Robert Sr. played the saxophone and clarinet and their three children followed in their footsteps, with daughter Mary Kay becoming a Music Therapist and sons Bob and John forming a band.
Mary Edith pursued her degree about the same time her children were pursuing theirs. She often said she was the "senior" among the freshmen at Highlands University. She then became the librarian for the Santa Rosa Schools, commuting every day for 15 years to Anton Chico and Santa Rosa to tend to her "little libraries."
As a young woman, she enjoyed playing bridge, golf, swimming and traveling. She and her sister Shirley traveled worldwide.
Mary Edith truly encompassed a great deal of Las Vegas history and some of its notable "founders." Her father, Luther Ramsey, was hired by John Sundt (of M.M. Sundt Construction Company) to help build Los Alamos Lab. He also went on to build Immaculate Conception Church. M.M. Sundt Construction was responsible for building many historic sites in Las Vegas.
Little did Mary Edith know that later she would marry John Sundt's nephew, Robert Thomas Johnsen!
Robert's grandfather, John C. Johnsen, was the founder of J.C. Johnsen & Son Hardware and Furniture Store, along with Johnsen Memorial Mortuary (now Nelson's), established in 1927.
A rosary service will take place Thursday evening, March 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will take place Friday, March 2 at 9 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, with interment immediately following. Pall bearers are Robert Johnsen Jr., John Johnsen, Ian Johnsen (Honorary), Roger Hoppe, David Chavez, Steve Summers and George Andresen. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Immaculate Conception Church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Feb. 28, 2018