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Obituary for Ethel Lee Ramsower

Ethel Lee Ramsower, 91 of Plainview, Texas, the mother of Dr. Reagan Mays Ramsower, of Waco, the Chair and CEO of Higginbotham Funeral Homes of Texas, Inc., passed into the arms of her precious Lord Jesus on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Plainview, Texas.

A Funeral Service is scheduled for 10 o’ clock in the morning on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at First Baptist Church Chapel in Plainview, TX with Dr. Jacob West, Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Plainview Memorial Park in Plainview, TX. The family will receive friends from 5-7 o’ clock in the evening on Friday, July 5, at the Lemons Funeral Home, Plainview, Texas. Website:

Ethel Lee was born on June 3rd, 1928 in Plainview Texas, the daughter of Edward Mays Osborne and Laura Lee Higginbotham Osborne. She was married to the love of her life Marvin Rex Ramsower on September 2nd 1950. They have four children, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Ethel Lee Ramsower will be remembered for her commitment to the church, her service to her community and her love for the arts. When she was 12 years old, she became a member of First Baptist Church where she later taught Sunday School. During those 57 years, she taught 7-year old’s, University students, Young Married classes and the Ladies Bible Class. She was a member and past President of the Plains Art Association, Plainview Cultural Council, Plainview Jr. Service League, PEO and the Gamma Delphin Study Club. She was an active member of DAR, Plainview Civic Theater and the Woman’s Chamber of Commerce. She served on the board of directors for the Salvation Army, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce and was on the Development Board at the First National Bank. Her work with the Plains Art Association included being an active exhibition chairman and she directed several children’s plays, local theater productions and melodramas as part of her work with the Jr. Service League. In 1977 she was awarded Best Supporting Actress in Plainview Civic Theatre’s production of “Butterflies Are Free”, she was the Director of the “Seven Last Words” production at First Baptist Church for two seasons, a Girl Scout and Webelos Scout Leader for five years and in 1990 she was named the Chamber of Commerce’s “Woman of the Year”.

Ethel Lee Ramsower received her degree in Art at Baylor University in 1950 and later a Degree in Commercial Art and Interior Design from the LaSalle Extension University of Chicago. She was Co-owner of Ramsower’s Furniture, Inc. where she worked as an interior designer until her retirement.

Ethel Lee Ramsower was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Catherine Ann Osborne Davenport.
She is survived by her husband; her sister, Margaret Rathkamp, and brother, William Osborne; her children, Reagan Mays Ramsower and wife Glenda Davis Ramsower, Kelly Lee Ramsower Alison and her husband Preston Alison, Joseph Martin Ramsower and William Matthew Ramsower; grandchildren, Jason Ramsower and wife Jill Bedrosian Ramsower, Ryan Ramsower and wife Arnisa Gorgan Ramsower, Jacob Edward Alison and partner Carmen Mireles, Madeline Lee Alison and partner Nicholas Kabiri; great grandchildren, Tyler Mays Ramsower, Kamryn Paige Ramsower, Landon Chase Ramsower, Mackenzie Lilliana Ramsower and Emily Cheyenne Ramsower.

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