Ramona Kitchen was a friend. Her friendship transcended acquaintances; she was a friend to the community she called home. Oregon County was home for Ramona and her husband, Clarence, for over 20 years.
Riverton was where they built their unique house, but Ramona was dedicated to the entire county. Her participation and contributions touched so many lives: the VFW newsletter; the VFW ladies auxiliary; plotting, recording and researching the names and dates of veterans in county graveyards; the historical society, her endless hours working on the county history book; Extension Council community outreach member; Extension Homemaker Silver and Gold club member; county fair judge; volunteer for the health department; major promoter and fund-raiser for the BB Road Volunteer Fire Department and Community Center; Alton Chamber of Commerce citizen of the year, and no doubt more than any one individual is aware of.
Ramona was a friend. We worked together as fund-raisers for the BB Road Fire Department. She kept me on track, with seemingly daily phone calls, her deep husky voice, delightful sense of humor and the love and dedication she gave to both our project and me. I am not alone in knowing that the fire department would not be the success it is today without her dedication and determination.
Ramona was the person you went to when something needed to be done and come to effective completion, when you needed a friend or just wanted to share a good time. When her body gave up the battle with kidney failure Aug. 29, it may have departed our community, but Ramona Kitchen will forever remain in the lives of those she touched.