Brittney Lee Ramey

brittney ramey
Brittney Lee Ramey, 16, of 32 Tipperary Drive, Asheville, died on Friday, April 10, 2009, at her home. An Asheville native, Brittney was the daughter of Gary G. and Sonya L. Ramey. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Clara Ann Retter. Brittney volunteered at the Asheville Human Society Animal Shelter, and loved animals and children, often coming to the defense of those in need. Always an adventurous spirit, she thoroughly enjoyed the response of those who heard about the many times she canoed with alligators, or when she swam with the sharks in 2008. When folks gently asked, "don't you mean dolphins, honey," her reply, with a smile, was, "nah, I already did that." Brittney had a fine sense of color and style. As the MERRF (Myclonic Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers) took away her ability to do for herself, she often was left with the colliding color choices of others. She never complained about those color choices or her declining physical abilities. Brittney was a student at West Buncombe Elementary, Clyde A. Erwin Middle School, and Clyde A. Erwin High School, where many students, staff, and faculty encouraged her zest for life. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her twin sister, Taylor Marie Ramey; grandparents, Jane Bak, of Asheville, and Norman Retter and wife Andrea, of Port Charlotte, FL; aunt, Mary Kah and husband Steven, of Grayslake, IL; uncles, Norman Retter, Jr., and wife Judy, of Blissfield, MI, and Paul Bak, of Asheville; and special friends, Kim Smith and Darlene Colclasure. A memorial service for Brittney will be at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2009 in the Clyde A. Erwin High School Theater with the Rev. Dr. Buddy Corbin, CarePartners Hospice chaplain, officiating. Memorials may be made to the Asheville Humane Society, 72 Lee's Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28806, to Mountin' Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, P.O. Box 387, Mars Hill, NC 28754, or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Brittnelli,you are my little angel.I will miss you.
    Tay,Gary and Sonya,
    I love you all and I’m here, day or night.

  2. I’m going to miss you so much Brittinelly. You found a special place in my heart and I’ll never forget you.
    I love you too Tay. You know I’m here for you and if any of you need anything at all-just call.

  3. brittany,
    you were such a sweet girl and i will miss you alot. we werent best friends but the times we did talk and spent together were wonderful and i am blessed to have met you. when i heard about your passing i cryed but i know you are walking with jesus and are no longer in pain. i hope to see you again in the kingdom of heaven. my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  4. Gary,Sonya,&Tayor I am so sorry for your loss.Brittney was a wonderful girl and will be greatly and sadly missed.we love you all. Pat shook

  5. Brittney, thank you for the smiles, laughter and love you shared with me. I will miss you so much.
    Taylor, Mom and Dad my thoughts and prayers are truely with you…

  6. Gary, Sonya and Taylor- I am so sorry for your loss. Brittney was a blessing to so many people. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to know your family. Our loss is definitely heaven’s gain.

  7. Taylor, Sonya and Gary,
    I have watched you two girls grow into beautiful young ladies over these past couple years at CVS. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if you need anything at all from a run to the store or just someone to talk to. All of us at CVS will dearly miss you Britney.

    Love and prayers,
    Amanda Maccarelli

  8. I am a six grader in Mrs Wyatts homeroom. I have been following Brittneys illness for the last few weeks, I am very sorry for her passing and I will be praying for your family. Love and Prayers Dakota.

  9. Gary,Sonya and Taylor, My thoughts and prayers are will all of you. Brittney was a very special young woman who touched my heart deeply. Please take care of each other and just know that someone in Kansas loves you all very much.
    Love, Lynne

  10. Brittney was a beautiful young lady. I am praying for all you, especially Taylor, Sonya, and Gary.
    May God comfort you all in this difficult time.
    Ava Morgan, Music Teacher @ WBES

  11. Dear Ramey Family,
    Words can not begin to express our sorrow in the passing of Brittney. Your community is here to love and support you all. May God’s peace,mercy and grace surround you always.
    Gil,Sheila,Aaron & Andrew Walden

  12. Dear Ramey family,
    There truly are not words to tell you how sorry I am for the pain you all are experiencing . I will always remember Brittney -from her days at WBES- with that great grin. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts. Bonnie Smith

  13. There are no words to express how sorry I am for your grief. There are also not enough words with great enough meaning to express how wonderful a person Brittney was. She was by far the most selfless person I ever knew.
    -Bailey Wilson

  14. Sonya, Gary and Taylor –
    My heart is truly broken over such saddness.
    Sonya – I wasn’t sure what to say to you at the grocery store – I’m just sorry.
    She was a delight, simply a delight.
    I am joining the many in praying for your family and that you will find the grace and comfort of Christ to be sufficient.

    All my love.

  15. To the family
    Although i dont know the family I was very sorry to read your daughter; Brittney fell asleep in death. It’s hard to lose a love one in death especially at such a young age. So it will be particularly hard for you dear mother and difficult for the bereaved father as well. Don’t be afraid to cry shedding tears of grief appears to be a necessary part of the healing process. You may find that for a time your emotions will be somewhat unpredictable tears may flow without much advance warning be patient with yourself. When we lose someone we love the loss seems too great to bear. However Jesus gave his own perfect life as the basis for removing from mankind the curse of imperfection, sickness and death. A comforting thought that I found in the bible says sickness will not be with us forever. The prophet Isaiah pointed forward to the time when “no resident will say: ‘I am sick.’” (Isaiah 33:24)

  16. Brittany, we will miss you dearly. She made a big impact on our second period. I also remember her when I was in her middle school classes. I will try to help Taylor get through this at school.

  17. To Brittney’s Parents,

    My thoughts and prayers are with. I don’t know you nor did I know Brittany, but I am a bereaved mother and I know the pain and emotions you are going through. With God’s help and your faith he will walk with you as you begin this grief journey. Brittney will continue to live forever in your heart. If at anytime you want to call me, please do so at 828-890-8227.

    Hugs and prayers,
    Marisol-always Jose’s mom
    The Compassionate Friends

  18. Gary-Sonya-Taylor
    I’m truly sorry for your loss. I wanted to thank you for letting me come into your home to help take care of Brittney, even though it was a brief time I spent with her. Both Brittney and Taylor left imprints on my heart that will always be with me. If there is anything I can do please call me.

  19. To the Ramey family-
    Words cannot express the pain you feel when one loses a child. Brittney was a sweet, beautiful girl with a bright future. I know that these words will not heal your pain but I do hope that you can find hope in her passing. She is a child of Heaven now. My prayers are with you all.

  20. I didn’t know Brittney nor do I know the family, but I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my son at the age of 26 and I know the pain of losing a child. Just know you are in my prayers and may God give you comfort through this grieving time.

  21. Dear Taylor and family,
    Brittney will be missed, we love you Taylor. Erwin will have fond memories of her.
    love Aaron

  22. Dear Ramey Family,

    I am so sorry for you loss. Brittney was a very sweet caring young lady. It is so hard to lose someone that you loved so very much. I just lost my father in Febuary and we were very close. Just look up to the clouds and rember that one day we will walk with them again in Heaven. I will be praying for your family.

    Sheena Newell

  23. Even though I did not know Brittney personally, I went to West Buncombe with her. I was a grade ahead of her. She is in a better place.

  24. Words cannot heal the pain of losing one so dear. May God give you and your family strength during this difficult time.I will never forget Brittney’s smile as a fourth grader at West Buncombe. She was always so full of energy and life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. Brittney was a very sweet girl. She always had a smile on her face, we will miss you! i ♥ u Brittney

  26. Brittney, as you know i will miss you dearly:) you are an angel sent from above, who is with god now. You were a fighter,and still are, i admire you very much. Brittney all i can say is your in a better place and i hope the best for the Ramey faimly. Words can’t describe how much i miss you. I think of you every day:) i love you so so much and more! You are a wonderful girl. -I will miss you:)
    -p.s skulls rule:)
    i love you:)
    sincerly Maddison♥

  27. To family and friends-My prayers and thoughts are with you. Thank you, Brittney, for your love of animals. Betty Nelon Rhodes

  28. I was a teacher at Erwin High School last year. I am so sorry for your loss. Brittany was loved by all that knew her.

  29. Dear Sonya and family,
    We would like you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and have our Deepest Sympathy.

  30. Dear Ramey Family, There Are No Words To Express How Sad We All Feel @ Erwin. I Didn’t Know Brittney Personally But When I Seen The Two Of Them In The Halls You Could Tell They Loved Each Other. Your In My Thoughts And Prayers. When Ever I See Taylor And Her Dad On Second Floor I Always Hold The Door Open For Him. GOD BLESS THE WHOLE FAMILY. SUSAN PENLAND CUSTODIAN

  31. Gary, Sonya and Taylor,
    Our hearts are broken for you right now. We cannot begin to comprehend your pain. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dave & Donna (Ross) Dupree

  32. I am on the Board of the Asheville Humane Society and I want to tell you how honored we feel to have had Brittney support the Humane Society and all the animals. I am very touched by her giving nature and deeply saddened for our loss of her.

  33. On behalf of the Asheville Humane Society, I would like to thank Brittney for her dedication to and love for the animals in our care. What a wonderful, giving girl who wil be missed so much.

  34. I have the privilige of serving with the board of directors for Asheville Humane Society. On behalf of our organization I want to express sympathy to your family. Brittney’s care and compassion for our abandoned, neglected and abused animals saved lives. We are grateful to all of you and share in your loss.

  35. Brittney (Flossie) I’m going to miss you. I remember when me and you would snap our fingers and say ‘you go girl!’ Taylor (Flossie Mae), Sonya and Gary if you ever need anything at all just call.

  36. My thoughts and prayers go to the family of such a wonderful young lady. I can rembember when Brittany and Taylor went throught West Buncombe Elementary. Brittany had so much energy and always had a smile on her face. I know Brittany loved animals with all her heart. May God Bless you all.

  37. Sonya, Gary, and Taylor, I am so sorry for your loss. Sonya, we haven’t talked in years but I have remembered and thought of you over the years. As a mother I can’t imagine the depth of the loss your family feels. My prayers and thoughts go with all of you.

  38. i am so sorry for the loss of Brittney and i know you guys might not remember me but i use to go to school with Brittney and Taylor in elementary school and have sleep overs. i am really sorry and if you need any thing and i mean anything please contact me @6674048 . Taylor i still love you and miss you too and im here for you also . when ever you need someone to lean on im here . for whatever and whenever. even if you just want to talk

    p.s I love you guys like you are my family i missed yall and i always think about yall everyday

    love , chelsey rice

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