|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1941|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 2008|
Ramona Rose Clairmont, age 66, of Bloomington, MN, died on February 1, 2008, in her winter home in Tucson, AZ.
Ramona was born on December 30, 1941, in Las Vegas, NV. She was preceded in death by her parents Gerald Davis and Mary Ellen Davis. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Tom; daughter, Michelle Clairmont (Shane Wilson); son, Mark Clairmont; daughter, Chellie Krueger (Joe); and grandchildren, Bethany and David Krueger.
Ramona graduated from Las Vegas High School where she excelled in drama and debate. She attended the University of Arizona and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, majoring in drama. After college, she worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and the Nevada Test Site before setting her sights on flying for Northwest Airlines in 1966. While in training as a stewardess in Minneapolis, she met her future husband Tom and they were married on Sept. 2, 1967.
After the birth of their first child, Ramona took on two full-time jobs - mother and political activist. As a member of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, and later helping to found Human Life Alliance (1977), she worked to educate the public and the legislature to reduce and eliminate abortions in Minnesota. She served in many capacities, including HLA President, and she debated many of the most prominent abortion advocates in Minnesota. She loved speaking at high schools, educating young adults about early human development from conception to birth, and increasing their respect for the rights of the unborn.
Ramona's concern for pregnant women and their babies went beyond rhetoric. She knew that in order for women to choose life, they need emotional and financial support. She was especially concerned about women who were rejected by their families and had nowhere to go during their pregnancy. To that end, she took unwed mothers into the Clairmont home offering them a supportive place to live. But Ramona dreamed of being able to offer shelter to even more homeless pregnant women, and played an instrumental role in the creation of Mary's Shelter, which opened in January 1983. Within three weeks of opening, it was filled to capacity housing 18 unwed mothers. It now has locations in several other states aiding women during this difficult time in their lives.
Ramona was an artist, and expressed her creativity in many ways, but excelled in working with clay, making beautiful pots, vases and sculptures. She was also a gifted writer, writing two books with more planned.
Her activities were interrupted by a year of serious bouts of pneumonia, culminating in a diagnosis in 2001 of Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis, a progressive disease of the lung tissue that has no cure. She fought a valiant battle against this awful disease. Her courage, feistiness, good friends, loving family and her strong Catholic faith sustained her through the suffering and the restrictions on her activities. Her beautiful smile, sense of humor, recall of trivia and stories will be truly missed by her friends and family. She was a treasure and one of a kind.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Human Life Alliance or Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 12, 11:00 AM at The Church of St. Bonaventure, 901 E 90th Street, Bloomington. Visitation 1 hour prior to Mass at the Church and on Monday February 11 from 5-8 PM at Gill Brothers Chapel 9947 Lyndale Ave S Bloomington with a Prayer Service at 7 PM. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
Created by: DaveVang
Record added: Feb 14, 2008
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