Rita Ann Ramsey

Rita Ann Ramsey, 83, of Deleon Springs, FL. Precious lady, wonderful loving mother and pure hearted evangelist, passed from death to life eternal in the Heavenly realm of the Most High God and His Son Jesus Christ and His saints who shall be returning very soon with Him in the clouds with power and great glory! Amen. Rita was born one of eight children to Thaddeus Joseph Plucinik and Ruth Daniels Plucinik in Auburn, New York on June 21, 1930. She learned to play the piano with her dad who also played the violin. As a girl she worked in the home and on the farm and went to grade school. Rita graduated from Clyde Central High School in New York and in 1954 married USMC Sargent Charles Patrick Harty (80), who she met at a U.S.O. Dance. She went on to work at The U.S. State Dept. in Washington D.C. With 6 children in her quiver she later remarried to Vincent F. Whitmore (deceased) and bore 3 more lovely children. In 1968 she opened a piano and music store in Tully, NY while also helping manage our home dairy farm. In 1970 Rita, her husband and children and 7 others moved to Deland and founded The First Missionary Baptist Mission. She also worked as a paralegal. In the eighties she opened a daycare for the working moms of Lake Helen, FL. She just loved to be with children. In the nineties and until now she continued teaching, and preaching in her home meetings, and in her radio ministry as heard in "The Spirit of Truth" broadcast on 1310AM WYND twice on Sundays every week, playing the piano at Praise Chapel with Pastors Louis and Gail Pratile and friends. Rita was a Classical Pianist but chose to dedicate her musical talents to the church and to the encouragement and education of young people. Rita tirelessly applied her talents to ease the suffering of those less fortunate. She opened her home and provided food, shelter and spiritual guidance to unwed mothers, the mentally ill, and indigent families. She was known as a very generous woman who always shared of all that she had. Rita held a special place in her heart for children. Through Sunday school and V.B.S., giving piano lessons and many camping trips, Rita gave hope to many underprivileged children. Rita's legacy is also evident in the works of many adults who were touched by her care and pass on her dedication to helping others in Christ's name. Through her sufferings of late, Mom never complained and kept on smiling through it all. Rita Ann Ramsey, a woman of whom the world was not worthy, yet a woman whom God has proven worthy of all things saying: "Well done thou Good and Faithful Servant, enter into the Joy of your Lord". Keep on singing and dancing and soaring ever higher! We Love You Mom! "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." -Galatians 2:20. Rita's 9 children: Charles P. Harty (deceased), Brian T. Harty, Stephen M. Harty (Shelly), Thomas C. Harty, Theresa (Teri) M. Harty, Thaddeus S. Harty (Melissa), Barbara M. Barker (Richard), Bonnie J. Nelson (Dennis), and Gregory Bart Whitmore. Rita is survived by her sister Mary Bell, brother George D. Plucinik, and brother Ted Plucinik; her 9 children, and 16 grandchildren as follows Thaine Harty, Trent Harty, Ian Whitmore, Andrew Whitmore, Tristan Whitmore, Rhett Barker, Brian Barker, Alexandra (Ali) Harty, Rachel Harty, Olivia Harty, Cody Nelson, Taylor Riann Nelson, additional grandchildren inherited through marriage; Ivan Ostrom, Dane Ostrom, Adam Ostrom, and Joel Murphy; and 9 great grandchildren. A visitation will be held at Lohman Funeral Home Deland, 935 E New York Ave, Deland, FL on Saturday, October 26 from 5 to 9PM. Funeral Service held at Life Point Community Church, 1747 W New York Ave., Deland, FL on Sunday at 2PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Loving Memory of Rita Ramsey at Praise Chapel, 1320 Florida Hwy 15 Alt. Deland, FL 32720 or WYND 1310AM, 316 E Taylor Rd, Deland, FL.


Funeral Home

Lohman Funeral Home Deland
935 E New York Ave Deland, FL 32724
(386) 736-0021

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Oct. 25, 2013