Ramona Lopez
Ramona Lopez
  • June 10, 1923 - October 16, 2017
  • Maitland, Florida

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Ramona López, 94, of Maitland, FL went to be with our Lord on October 16, 2017. Affectionately known as “Grams” to many, she was born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico on June 10, 1923 to the late Juan Lopez and Juana Rodriguez. Ramona was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. A devout Catholic, she believed in the power of God and prayer. She was compassionate and sympathetic to all and prayed for people in need, even for those she didn’t know. She shared her faith with her children and grandchildren and put God first in all things. She always praised God for her life, sound mind, and physical ability that kept her active for so many years. Her faith gave her strength, especially through the most difficult times in her life.

She was a jovial person, always happy despite any sad circumstance. Her big smile and dimples could warm up a room and brought a smile to those who met her. Up for anything, no matter how silly or exhausting, is what kept her going. Her youthful spirit allowed her to be physically active and enjoy activities with her grandchildren. Always up on trends, she often lent her advice on fashion, makeup, and hair to her granddaughters and expressed the importance of looking your best. One thing’s for sure, she would never leave the house without color on her lips and cheeks and some perfume on her neck and wrists.

She had a sense of humor and a quick wit. Sharp as a tack, Ramona was on top of everything and nothing got passed her. Ramona had a gift for gardening. Though she enjoyed planting flowers, she preferred to plant fruits and vegetables, so she could share the fruits of her hard labor with family and friends. She was an amazing cook and enjoyed cooking for her friends and family. She had a sweet tooth and never passed on dessert or sweets. Glazed donuts and snickers were her favorite. To pass the time, she enjoyed hanging out with her granddaughters, knitting, and watching soccer. She loved the excitement of the crowd and loved to hear the announcer say “Goooooaaaaalllll”. In her own words, “It’s not a good game if no one scores”.

Though young at heart, Ramona was very nurturing and had a heart of gold. She enjoyed caring and providing for others and accepted everyone. She put other’s needs first and always made sure those around her were being fed and taken care of. She especially had a soft spot for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and was a monthly donor. She was always happy to give to “My Babies” as she fondly called them. All those who knew and loved her will miss Ramona’s caring nature and bright smile. She will live on in our hearts and memories and her legacy will be carried on by those who loved her. We love you Grams!

Ramona was preceded in passing by her sister, Providencia Lopez; her children Everlydis Rivera Gonzalez and Miguel Rivera; and 1 great-grandchild Katherine Garcia.

Grams is survived by her children Lydia Rivera Kenniasty and Wilson Rivera; brother, Antonio Lopez; grandchildren, Tommy, Michael, Michelle, Johnny, Andy, Debbie, Samirah, Xiomara, Manuel, Leslie, Joan, Ricardo, Jessie, and Ever; 18 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; along with many other close relatives and friends who considered her their “Grams” as well.

Viewing will be held November 10th from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Baldwin Fairchild East Altamonte, 994 E Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Funeral Mass will follow on November 11th at 10:30 am at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 861 Maitland Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Interment at Glen Haven Memorial Park, 2300 Temple Drive, Winter Park, FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Grams.