OBITUARY

Regina S Ramirez

November 26, 1953January 30, 2019
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Regina S. Ramirez, age 65, of Austin and San Antonio, Texas after a short and hard-fought battle with cancer passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at home on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. She was born November 26, 1953 in Dallas, Texas to Evelyn Sue Ramirez.

Regina proudly served her country in the United States Navy from 1976 to 1980, and was honorably discharged. She was an Aerographer’s mate (the equivalent of an Army Sergeant). In her capacity she decoded, and plot classified environmental information and prepared classified environmental messages for transmission. She received Meritorious Unit Commendation and Good Conduct Medals for her service.

Regina earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Organizational Psychology from SMU in San Marcos Texas.

Regina retired with more than 20 years of service with Raymond James where she worked as a Sales Assistant.

She enjoyed reading, puzzles, adult coloring, playing Ping Pong at the senior center, reading and discussion groups, Thai Chi, Yoga and Philosophy.

She is preceded in death by her Mother, Evelyn.

She is survived by her loving friend Catherine Reyes Romero, of San Antonio, Texas; half-sisters, Melanie Castillo, of Asheville, North Carolina, Tina Dipane Coto de Caza, of California; various nephews, cousins, an Aunt, and many close friends she considered family.

Family is receiving friends on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Celebration of Life services will be conducted at 1:00 pm in the chapel at Sunset North Funeral Home with Titos Menchaca officiating. A family reception will follow services in the hospitality suite at the funeral home.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Family Receiving Friends Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Family Reception Saturday, February 9, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Committal Service ***PRIVATE***
REMEMBERING

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Deb McCarthy

February 14, 2019

I open “Words with Friends” still hoping to see Regina’s latest high-scoring word that sends me searching for the Dictionary.

I have a new pair of earrings that are both gold and silver. Each time I wear them, I hear Regina saying, “Don't mix metals! Wear gold with gold and silver with silver!”

I crave the almond cookies or the taco pie that Regina asked me to cook for her...Regina thought I was an incredible cook because I use more than 3 ingredients at a time!

Regina believed I could work miracles with a sewing machine or a garden shovel. I resurrected many a torn garment or dying plant on her behalf.

I have a jigsaw puzzle on the dining room table; Regina saw a photo of that puzzle at New Year. I miss sharing progress (or lack of) by text.

As I put away Christmas decorations, I long to see Regina’s Santa collection again.

I recall the few days in November of 2017 when I stayed with her; we giggled into the wee hours of the morning-happy to be sharing friendship in person.

I encounter a new Sherlock Holmes story and wonder of Regina knows about this one.

I remember one of our last conversations in which she praised my stamina with my wheelchair. Her compliment was so sincere and heart-felt. Now I hear her voice each time I haul the chair out of my car.

From holiday meals and movie nights in Austin to daily scrabble games, texts and phone calls once I moved to Florida, I'm moved by the loyalty and depth Regina brought to our friendship. She had a gift – the ability to be truly present for her friends. I trust she is at peace. It will be a while before I am equally at peace with her absence. I miss you my friend.

Trevor McCarthy

February 14, 2019

I have waited a long time to post my memories of Regina. For those that know me, it may seem hard that words have not come easily, but that's how it's been. Both Deb and I have felt Regina's loss very deeply. That's because our relationship was deep, intense, and full of the exploration of life, mankind, ourselves, our relationships with others, politics, the workplace, family, history, culture, cinema, her latest good book - and more.

Regina was quiet and reserved on the outside, until you got to know her. Under the reserve was an active, curious intellect, a dry sense of humor - and lots of opinions. Regina worked in Finance, but her true field of expertise was Psychology, and she never hesitated to deeply explore the psychological side of any topic. Sometimes she did it for deeper understanding, but often just for the chance to take her skills out and run them around for a while. She often came over on a weekend night for dinner and a movie, but we often never got to the movie. We would talk for hours, sometimes about simple everyday issues, like problems at work, or with family, other times wherever the flow of good conversation took us.

When we did watch movies, Regina would often share her extensive Black and White collection, including old Sherlock Holmes movies (Basil Rathbone), old detective movies, and "The Thin Man" film series, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. It became a running joke how readily she could pull out the sagas of Nick and Nora Charles. Even now, long after we left Austin, we "pass it on" and introduce others to the two High Society lovable party animals, who somehow always managed to catch the villains, while never getting too drunk on the endless supply of cocktails and martinis.

Like others, we were told that Regina's cancer, while serious, was readily treatable, and we believed she would ultimate be with us for a while longer. We never got to say goodbye.

The loss is ours. Thank you dear friend. You will be missed!

Walter Henry

February 14, 2019

I knew Regina as Reg or Reggie from her early college years.  I was never able to make the transition to calling her Regina.  Reg/Reggie were terms of endearment for me.  But I loved her full name too.  The S. stood for Stephanie.  Whenever I mailed her a card or package, I always wrote Regina S. Ramirez.  Now that I can't do that anymore, it breaks my heart.

I was glad to read the tributes from so many of her friends - from the study groups to her reemergence at the ping pong tables.  (I got to see her dominate/conquer her opponents at the co-op where we lived back when.) I know she treasured her walks at the Wildflower Center and participating in the activities that kept her moving and thinking.  She had the drive to keep involved with people and I'm so glad she did.

We last visited in person about 10 years back.  After I heard from her about her illness, I was making plans to come visit once her treatment had kicked in and she was doing better.  But that was not to be.  It is all the more reason to treasure my memory of her sitting on the dock that day...  Two dolphins were bobbing up and down in the area and she got a big kick out of that.  Rest well Reg.

Laura Cantu

February 9, 2019

I will miss you, my friend, our long accidental meetings by the mailbox that sometimes turned into neighborhood meetings, family help sessions or just simply sanity check-ins!; I will miss hearing about your outlook on life and your encouraging words. May your family find peace and feel free to call on me anytime.

Diane Wilson

February 9, 2019

My mother, Marcella, and I both knew Regina. I knew her from a book club many years ago and our many mutual friends and spiritual interests. Mom knew her from WellMed activites and line dancing. Mom and I liked that we both knew and enjoyed her, and our sharing Regina's life and now her death brought us closer to each other. And the friends that I shared with Regina feel this same way - it was so good to know her and we have been brought closer to each other by knowing her. Thank you, Regina, for giving yourself to me, to us in these circles of family, friendship and love!

As I mentally sorted through memories of her to share, I rediscovered the sound of her laugh which I loved, and I remembered her sense of humor. Regina was so pretty. She was smart, kind and had a sharp wit and a critical mind which made her a great conversation partner and book club partner.

Mom and I are grateful to everyone who cared for her during her health struggles and her passing, thank you. We send our deepest sympathy to Regina's family and friends.


With love,
Diane and Marcella Wilson

Cait Rybiski

February 9, 2019

Regina was there for me at the most important and challenging time in my life, and I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a great friend to me and my late father; my sister and I will be happy to celebrate her life.

Nicole Lessin

February 8, 2019

Regina's intellectual curiosity and dynamic personality impressed and inspired me. I admired how she used the library's Great Courses to study philosophy, and how she spent a lot of time with my parents and Vincent reading and discussing Confucius. She also gave me great recommendations for TV shows on Netflix, such as Call the Midwife. Regina seemed so young and vibrant to me, so her illness and death came as a big shock. My sincere condolences to everyone who knew and loved her.

Terry Ellis

February 8, 2019

I assisted Regina for several years as her "projectionist" as she affectively called me while she hosted philosophical discussions. To say that we are the sum total of our experiences is insightful. I can allow that thru my time spent alongside Regina, I am a changed person. I learned composure and professionalism by watching her lead our meetings. She was knowledgeable and offered up thoughtful questions for the group to ponder. Her easy laugh and bright smile put one at ease and the meetings were well attended as a sign of acceptance of her gracious style. Humanity as a whole is fortunate for those that appear and bring us together, it is a lot of work and few are up to the challenge. I allow that the world and particularly Austin is a better place as a result of Regina having decided to share her time with us. She will be dearly missed.

Bobbie Mattord

February 8, 2019

I knew Regina for several years while we were both active in the Philosophy groups in Austin. She had a deep commitment to the search for meaning that we had all embarked upon in that group. She evolved into a strong guide for our journey, instilling order and clarity in our meetings and discussions with merely a raised eyebrow, or in extreme cases, a lifted finger.

Her knowledge and strength helped us all.

Thank you, Regina.

Brian Burgin

February 8, 2019

Regina was a great friend, mentor, and confidant.
She combined fun with deep caring:
I remember she spent 3 hours with me one afternoon, helping me talk through some rough emotional issues.
It was outside Texas French bread, and we got stung by mosquitoes the whole time; but she kept helping me.
Later, we had a good laugh about the bites; but I always remember that day. I was moved by her dedication.

Regina was courageous and a natural leader:
She ran our Wednesday philosophy group and several book clubs.
I remember when we would vote for books, I would say that Regina should get 3 votes because she's Regina.
(She was special and deserved more votes than everyone else.)
She would laugh and heartily agree that she did deserve 3 votes. She was truly special.

Ever the Star Trek and scifi fan, Regina was a futurist and a seeker.
She loved possibility and sought new and interesting ways of thinking and being.
She was a very spiritual person, had a gift for asking questions, and drew possibility out of others.
I enjoyed talking with her about spiritual topics.
Sometimes, we would talk about dreams and their meaning. She even gave me a book about dreams. :)

She was a kindred spirit.
I am grateful for Regina's friendship and will miss her.
I know she is now living her dreams.

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This was the Christmas card we received this year from Regina. She told us many times that she didn't bother with puzzles of fewer than 1,000 pieces.