On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Wendy Lee Ramsey, a loving and devoted wife to Duane Ramsey, mother of Spencer and Stewart, a doting grandmother of Maxwell, Royce, and Otis, passed away at age 65 after an 18 year battle with Leukemia.
On August 11th, 1955, Wendy was born in Pasadena, CA, to William and Joan Robertson. She graduated from El Molino High School and married her high school sweetheart Duane on September 10th, 1977, at Mt. Gilead Bible Camp near her childhood home in Sebastopol, CA. Seeking life’s adventure, Duane and Wendy migrated north to Colville, WA, where they built their first home and welcomed their firstborn, Spencer - all while establishing Ramsey Plumbing and Heating - where Wendy would later become the President.
Wendy, alongside Duane, led their business with excellence, ambition, and a fierce commitment to people. They employed upwards of 75 individuals throughout the Pacific Northwest for over 32 years contributing to building hospitals, healthcare facilities, higher education, technology centers, pharmaceutical laboratories, and many other local commercial projects throughout the Inland Empire and Pacific Northwest. Wendy’s giftedness allowed her to lead by passionately serving the individuals in her business and their families. Building relationships was the best way to build buildings and how she contributed to making the world a better place.
Wendy felt called to love God and love her neighbor - both of which she did remarkably well. She couldn’t help herself from profoundly engaging with others in all areas of her life. She loved taking photos, reading alongside her book club cohorts, exploring the United States on motorcycle trips with friends, learning and advocating with fellow cancer patients, and cheering on the Zags.
Wendy Lee loved people. She embodied an uncanny ability to listen, empathize, and relate to any individual regardless of circumstance, hear them, love them, and encourage them. Ready to share a laugh, tears, or a note of gratitude, she personified grace and truth. A commonly shared description of Wendy is that “she could make you feel like the most important person” and to her, at that moment, you were. She did this best with her own family, often delivering even more love, clearer perspective, a greater purpose, undeserved forgiveness, encouragement, and confidence despite her circumstance. Her family was everything, and she considered a lot of people family.
Wendy was preceded in death by her father, William. She is survived by her husband Duane, her sons Spencer and Stewart, daughters-in-law Lindsay and Jaclyn, her mother Joan, her sisters Rainy (Dan), Midge (Dale), and brother Bill (Sharon), grandchildren Maxwell, Royce, Otis, and many much-loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, in-laws, and friends.
Also, Wendy says, "Give Blood" if you are able - it helped keep her alive. ❤️
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