OBITUARY

Daryn Ramos

July 3, 1960July 24, 2020

In the early morning of July 24th, 2020, Daryn Crowder Ramos, 60, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family whom she loved deeply, following a two-year battle with Ovarian Cancer.

Daryn, the youngest of three, was born on July 3rd, 1960 in Tampa, Florida to Betty Sheffield Crowder and Robert “Bob” Gaither Crowder. Daryn spent her early childhood years riding horses in her backyard and eventually showed horses competitively, ultimately qualifying for nationals. Horses were a shared family pastime that she greatly enjoyed.

Growing up, Daryn attended St. John’s Episcopal and Tampa Preparatory School, while spending summers at Camp Greystone and lifeguarding as a teenager. In 1978, Daryn graduated from H.B. Plant High School as a National Merit Scholar. She went on to study at Florida State University, where she joined Alpha Delta Pi. She later moved back to Tampa and finished her studies at the University of South Florida, where she started to date the love of her life, Wilfred Ramos, Jr. On June 30th, 1984, Daryn married Wilfred, uniting two large families, currently with six generations of deep roots in the Tampa community.

In the early days of her marriage, Daryn worked for her father at Crowder Insurance and enjoyed the beach and boating on the weekends. In 1987, Daryn helped Wilfred start his own company, Architectural Tile & Marble, and continued to support his entrepreneurial endeavors in the family business. She helped in many phases of the business; most notably expanding the commercial offering to include residential design services. Like her mother, Daryn had a knack for interior design and her infectious personality brought in many new customers when ATM needed it the most. In her final days, Daryn mustered up the strength to continue doing what she loved by redecorating her own house. She had a gift in turning a house into a home.

In 1987, Daryn and Wilfred welcomed their first daughter, Mallory Jane; 18-months later along came daughter number two, Ansley Lane; and two and a half years later their son, Wilfred Graham joined the family. Daryn took great pride in raising her family and was proud to watch them grow into hardworking, loving adults. Not only was she a devoted mother to her three kids, but there were many others who affectionately called her Mama D. Through her selfless acts and words of wisdom, she had a way of making anyone feel like they were immediately part of the family.

Family was her center, and she was blessed by having much of her extended family living within just a few miles. She cherished her close relationships with her parents, brothers, in-laws (who considered her a daughter and a sister), as well as her many nieces and nephews. Daryn was the glue to her extended family. She was the one you turned to for a listening ear, and she always provided sound advice. She savored the moments when she could get the family together and share a meal around the dinner table with the ones she loved most.

She loved nothing more than hosting people. Whether in Tampa or Anna Maria, Daryn was always surrounded by a community of family and great friends. She welcomed people with arms wide open and was accepting to all. She had a sense of humor and could hang with just about anyone. She equally enjoyed a cold beer with friends at a bait shop, as much as a nice bottle of wine at a renowned New York restaurant.

Daryn kept in close touch with her childhood friends and continued to build her community of friends through her involvement in the PTA and her kid’s sports. For many years, there wasn’t a day of the week where you couldn’t find her shuttling kids from the pool to the baseball field, or managing the concession stand at the little league field. In her later years, Daryn enjoyed spending quality time with Wilfred at their beach house in Anna Maria. She loved nothing more than hosting her family and friends for a weekend at the beach, grilling out and relaxing by the pool. Over the years, Daryn met many dear friends through her involvement in the Junior League of Tampa, Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, the Tampa Yacht Club, Palma Ceia Country Club and Key Royale in Anna Maria Island.

Daryn is survived by her husband of 36 years, Wilfred Ramos, Jr; her children and their spouses, Mallory and Andrew Brannan, Ansley and Cory Castillo, and Graham and Jenna Ramos; and grandchild, who affectionately called her RaRa, Leighton Lane Castillo (daughter of Ansley and Cory). On the Crowder side, Daryn is survived by her father, Robert “Bob” Crowder and his spouse, Bette; her brother Sheffield Crowder and his two kids, Abbey and Henry; as well as her nephew, Ryan. On the Ramos side, she is survived by her mother-in-law, Mary Jane Ramos; her brothers-in-law and their spouses, Vincent Ramos, Paul and Jane Ramos, John and Lisa Ramos, and James and Connie Ramos; and her Ramos nieces and nephews, Mary Jessica, Jacob, Sarah, Emily, Grace, Nicholas, Victoria, Abigail, and Aidan. She is preceded in death by her beloved mother, Betty Sheffield Crowder; brother, Robert Gaither Crowder, Jr; and father-in-law, Wilfred Ramos, Sr.

A private service at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church will be held on Friday, July 31st, 2020. The service will be made available to Daryn’s large community of family and friends through a live stream on Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church’s Facebook page and PCPC’s YouTube channel, starting at 1:30 PM. In due time, there will be a Celebration of Life to honor Daryn as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Daryn cherished her faith, family, and friends; her genuine, fun-loving personality will be remembered fondly by all who met her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, www.palmaceia.org, (813) 253-6047.

  • FAMILY

  • Daryn is survived by her husband of 36 years, Wilfred Ramos, Jr; her children and their spouses, Mallory and Andrew Brannan, Ansley and Cory Castillo, and Graham and Jenna Ramos; and grandchild, who affectionately called her RaRa, Leighton Lane Castillo (daughter of Ansley and Cory). On the Crowder side, Daryn is survived by her father, Robert “Bob” Crowder and his spouse, Bette; her brother Sheffield Crowder and his two kids, Abbey and Henry; as well as her nephew, Ryan. On the Ramos side, she is survived by her mother-in-law, Mary Jane Ramos; her brothers-in-law and their spouses, Vincent Ramos, Paul and Jane Ramos, John and Lisa Ramos, and James and Connie Ramos; and her Ramos nieces and nephews, Mary Jessica, Jacob, Sarah, Emily, Grace, Nicholas, Victoria, Abigail, and Aidan. She is preceded in death by her beloved mother, Betty Sheffield Crowder; brother, Robert Gaither Crowder, Jr; and father-in-law, Wilfred Ramos, Sr.

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Flora Wheeler

August 1, 2020

Dear Bob, Sheffield, Husband Wilfred and family of the Crowders and Ramos. I was so sorry to read of the great loss in your family of Daryn. She will always be with you in memory and through the wonderful deeds she has accomplished. My heart is heavy now as I write these precious words as the memories take me back to when your children Bob were very young and I was so blessed to be a part of the family with Bill's and Ann's children in riding at Mr. Crowder's (Dusty) home place off Bayshore. We all had so many pleasant times at horseshows in Brooksville, Tampa Yacht Club, etc. Thank you for the wonderful family times and memories. God be with you in this difficult time and know that you are being thought of and my prayers are with you all.

Sherry Ogden

July 31, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Ramos family. I remember Daryn as a devoted and dedicated Mitchell Mom. She was a champion for not only her own children, but for all children. God bless.

Vicki Shields

July 31, 2020

Doug and I are heartbroken over Daryn's passing. Our love and prayers are extended to both the Ramos and Crowder families. Our deepest condolences to you all.

Jeanie Zweibach

July 31, 2020

Daryn’s Life is a Miracle that touched the World & left it a better place! On July 24th, a voice like thunder echoed “Well Done Thy Good & Faithful Servant! Surrounding the entire family in prayer!

Cookie Ramos

July 31, 2020

Daryn since the day I met you I knew you were the perfect one for Will. It was a blessing to have you join the Ramos family clan. I will always remember the good times and talks we shared. You both were there for my parents with love and support ❤️ Means a lot to me. May God bless you and the family always.
With much love,
your cousin Cookie

Robert & Laura Day

July 31, 2020

Our hearts are deeply saddened by your profound loss. Daryn was an irreplaceable light to the Ramos & Crowder families and to her community at large. She will be immeasurably missed. Our prayers will be with all of you in these days ahead. We send our love, prayers and support. May God cover you in comfort and peace.

Kent King

July 31, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ramos and Crowder families. God bless and Rest In Peace.

Sally speer

July 29, 2020

I have just read Daryn's obituary and want to send a big virtual hug to the author. It is excellent, point on, and a great support to those of us in the community that held such significant respect for Daryn. Thank you

Chris Corral

July 29, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family, memories of Daryn are brought to mind while living across the street from the Crowder family on Palm and Ysabella. I remember Daryn and Gaither with great fondness as we all were starting out.

Gabrielle Schneider Harrison

July 29, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the Ramos family. Daryn was always sweet and I am very sad to see that she has passed. What a wonderfully written obituary, a life well lived but too short.

Gay and Larry Harrison

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