Funeral Notice, November 13, 2022

Katherine Debra Ramsey (née Zeplin) passed away peacefully on November 8, 2022 at the Hacienda at the Canyon in Tucson, Arizona. Kate was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska on February 20, 1938 and raised in Lexington, Nebraska, the fifth daughter of Nora S. (Murphy) Zeplin and John Zeplin. Kate was gifted with incredible artistic creativity, a deep Catholic faith, an easy laugh and an independent streak that guided her throughout her life. It was in the spirit of this independence and adventure that she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1960s. Kate worked for Bank of America, a role she relished until until she met Hal Harrison Ramsey III, who became the love of her life. They were married on January 11, 1975, in San Mateo, California, and they moved to Tucson, Arizona, in 1983. When Hal died suddenly on August 2, 1985, Kate began a new phase in her life, coming to embrace its independence. again and moving into a circle of close friends. She was especially fond of her church friends and her hiking group, both of whom supported her through the loss and met regularly for coffee, meals and to share stories. It was also during this time that Kate devoted herself even more fully to her career as an artist potter and painter, and throughout her career her work was regularly featured on consignment throughout Arizona. Kate is survived by her sister, Patricia Zeplin, of Durango, Colorado, and her nieces and nephews Matthew and James Carnes; Chuck, Tony and Jack Englert; John, David, Paul and Ann Englert, Jenny Firkins, Catherine Dunham and Meg Kimbrell; and David, Steven and Michael Zeplin, and Chrstina Reimers, as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, in California, Nebraska and Colorado. She was predeceased by her husband, Hal Ramsey, her sisters Jeanne Zeplin, Maureen Zeplin, Mary Ann Englert, Lois Carnes and her brother James Zeplin. Kate will be remembered with a resurrection funeral mass at St. Anne’s Convent (3820 N. Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson, AZ 85750) on Monday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m. A rosary will precede the mass at 10:30 a.m. am She will be buried in Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, Calif., alongside her beloved husband, Hal, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kino Border Initiative (PO Box 159, Nogales, AZ 85628-0159,, St. Anne Convent of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Marie (3820 North Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson, AZ 85750) or Gospel Rescue Mission (326 W. 28th Street, Tucson, AZ 85713).

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