November 18, 1922 - June 25, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Beatrice "Bea" Ramos was born November 18, 1922 in Corinth, MS to parents, Everett and Maude McKillips. Bea went to her heavenly home on June 25, 2013 at the age of 90. If there were ever a person who left this world a better place than when she entered it, it was Bea Ramos. Because she was born, her family exists. Because she was born, people are better for having known her. She began life as a sharecropper's daughter, being one of four siblings, all who preceded her in death. The lessons she learned in forethought and prudence served her well in life. Bea was the owner of A.R.K. Ramos Foundry and Manufacturing Co., Inc. (also commonly known as A.R.K. Ramos Architectural Signage Systems). From her first job as a car hop at Veazey's Drug Store to working on C47's at Douglas Air Force Base, Bea worked diligently with her husband Max Ramos to build their business. When she met and married Max Ramos, February 2, 1945, Max was working for his father at A.R.K. Foundry. After the death of his father the company was failing and Max was working hard to keep debts paid. It was at that time Bea took an evening typing class at Capitol Hill Jr. High so that she could help Max. She also learned bookkeeping from a friend and together they founded Ramos Manufacturing which was located next door to the A.R.K. Foundry. In the past sixty years, A.R.K. Ramos has become one of the premier signage Manufacturers in the United States. It is a family owned business specializing in cast plaques and letters. A local noteworthy product of A.R.K. Ramos can be seen gracing the lawn of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial downtown, OKC. A.R.K. Ramos manufactured the brass portion of the lighted memorial chairs. Max & Bea had one son, Danny Max Ramos; he worked at A.R.K. Ramos many times throughout his life and is also a retired Oklahoma City firefighter. He now serves as Chairman of the Board at A.R.K. Ramos. Bea generously sent her two grandchildren, Courtney Ramos-Fincher and Brendan Max Ramos, to earn business degrees at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma. Now in it's 4th generation of Ramos family management, Courtney & Brendan both work at the business and use their knowledge to instill a corporate culture of generosity as a tribute to Bea. Bea was an accomplished seamstress, flower gardener, and painter. She also enjoyed crafts of all kinds and had a beautiful Tea Cup collection. Once at a church luncheon, she brought her tea cups to serve tea from and let each lady take her cup and saucer home. Bea said "tea and coffee taste better from a china cup." After her generous donation of cups, she still had enough left to display on every shelf and cupboard in her dining room. She was a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church, Women of the South and other civic organizations. Bea is survived by her son, Danny Max Ramos, of Moore, Oklahoma and daughter-in-law Nanci; granddaughter, Courtney Ramos-Fincher and husband, Rocky, grandson, Brendan Max Ramos, great grandson, her "little darlin", Rylan Leon Fincher, all of Norman, Oklahoma; and step-grandsons, Davis and Stephen Dietz, of Moore; beloved dog, Pearl; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Memorials may be made to: Hope Pregnancy Center, 1624 SW 82nd St., OKC 73159. Viewing will be 4-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home. Services to celebrate her life will be held 10:00 AM Friday, June 28, 2013, at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 S. Penn. Friends may leave condolences for the family at: www.vondelsmithmortuary.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on June 27, 2013