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In Memory of Josephine “Jo” Ramsey: October 8, 1929 – November 19, 2021
By Sentinel News Service
Published January 20, 2022

Josephine Ramsey (Courtesy)

Josephine “Jo” Winston Ramsey made her mark on the world on October 8, 1929. She was born to R.L. Winston and Anita Harris in her beloved hometown of Eudora, Arkansas. Arkansas was a special place to Josephine; she would often recall fond memories of her family and friends in Eudora.

As she entered adulthood, Josephine would travel to California to continue her education. In California, Josephine attended Los Angeles Mission College (formerly Los Angeles Metropolitan College) where she earned an Associate of Arts.  Later, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Josephine loved to learn and continued to pursue her passion for education and history by teaching at Bethune Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. While at Bethune, she started and advised the Junior Honor Society.


It was at Bethune that Josephine met her husband, Wade Ramsey. In 1971, the two were married, and in 1974, the couple welcomed their vivacious daughter, Joy Celeste Ramsey, into their lives.

In 1978, Josephine would turn a new leaf and take on real estate with Coldwell Banker. She quickly became a top earning realtor. Josephine took pride in expanding homeownership in her beautiful neighborhood of View Park and absolutely adored her community of neighbors, friends, and clients. She continued to serve her community, expanding homeownership until 2018.

A love for traveling took Josephine to numerous countries — her favorite being India — where she gained perspective, culture and lifelong friends. Josephine’s love for people gifted her with countless friends and colleagues.

Wise and witty, charming and dynamic, Josephine was one-of-a-kind. Small in stature, yet big at heart, Jo fought to the very end!

She is survived by her husband, Wade; sister, Rosemary; brother-in-law, Harold; very dear cousins/caregivers, David Harris and Nafisah Taymullah; and a host of beloved family and friends. Her daughter, Joy Ramsey, preceded her in death.

The family wishes to acknowledge the roles played by Stacey Howard in Josephine’s life. What started as a business/real estate mentoring relationship quickly blossomed into devoted friendship, more like grandmother and dutiful granddaughter.


Stacey lovingly and respectfully devoted her time and energy on Josephine’s behalf, in particular supporting Josephine during her grief after the loss of her daughter Joy.

Theirs was a very special bond.

Josephine Ramsey is loved and will be truly missed.  We invite family, friends and colleagues to join us in celebrating the life of Josephine Winston Ramsey at Four Points by Sheraton – Westside/Culver City on Jan. 22, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Zoom  |  Meeting ID: 857 3797 1831  |  Passcode: 702653

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