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Nieves Ramey


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Nieves Ramey, 77, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 6, 2018. There will be a Viewing at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. A Reception will be held after Interment at the American Legion, 1620 N Montana Ave, Roswell, NM. Celebrate Nieves’ life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.
On December 5, 1940, Nieves was born in Tornillo, TX, to Gomesindo and Elizabeth Silva. Both her parents preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by Don Ramey, brothers: Marcello Silva, Steve Silva, James Silva; sisters-in-law: Debbie J. Silva, Nancy Silva, Flora Silva; uncles/tios: Faustino A. Silva, Pete Silva and Emilio Silva, Emeterio “Chapo” Silva; and aunts/tias: Vicenta Saenz, Anastacia Holguin and Maraquita Bonilla.
Nieves married her Airforce man, Otis Don Ramey on May 31, 1960, in Roswell, NM. They moved to Denison, TX, where they lived on base. Then on March 14, 1961, Gregory Don Ramey was born, and he was the light of her life. Greg was her pride and joy and she made sure that she was the best mom to him. They moved to Garland, TX, after Don returned from a tour in Alaska. She moved to Grapevine, TX, where she managed Dons Restaurant La Casa. This is where she got to meet players from her favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys. Every Thursday at the restaurant there was a radio show that was MC’d by her friend, Troy Aikman. She also became good friends with some other players, such as Harvey Martin and Drew Pearson, from the Cowboys. Meeting Roger Staubach and Tom Landry were some of the highlights of her life. She sure loved her Dallas Cowboys and was a proud fan. In 1998, she fell ill and decided to move back home to Roswell. She lived with her son, Greg, her sister, Faye who was her right-hand man and brother, Eppie on the Silva ranch. She worked for Dr. Haney, who became more like family than an employer. She was a social butterfly so when it came to helping with parties and get-togethers, she was the one to talk to. Nieves was also a proud life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. One of her favorite things about being back in Roswell was getting her family together.
A sassy, funny and loving mom, sister and aunt, Nieves loved life and lived it to the fullest. Her strong will and positive outlook on life were what kept her going every day. She had a heart of gold and would be there for anyone that needed her. Nieves favorite past time was going to the casino in Ruidoso or what she called “the hill,” with her family so she could play those slot machines. She had a love for Elvis Presley music and would share it with Greg. Nieves always looked forward to the girl’s trips with her wonderful friends Sharon Thomlinson, Patty MaGourick, Judi Bishop, and Jerie Walters. She also loved OD (Ponch) Walters, Jerie’s son, who she would babysit when Greg was a baby. She also loved spending time with her friend, Lynn Rivas. One of her other favorite things was going to golf tournaments and supporting her friend, Nancy Lopez and spending time with her friend, Melba Lopez.
Nieves had to attend dialysis every week and you would think that she would be miserable having to do this, but she lived a happy life and let nothing stand in the way. The staff and patients at dialysis loved her as a patient because of the goodies that she took every week. She would talk to everyone and put a smile on their face if they were having a bad day.
Those left to cherish Nieves’ memory are her son, Gregory Ramey of Roswell; step-daughter, Kristen Ramey; brothers: Gomesindo (Chindo) Silva Jr. and wife, Patsy of Roswell, Albert Silva and wife, Mary of Roswell, Eppie Silva of Roswell, Fernando Silva and wife, Sheila of Abilene, TX, Jesse V. Silva and wife, Paula of Roswell; sisters: Adella Griffith and husband, Carl of Converse, TX, Faye Silva of Roswell, Maggie Garrison of Roswell, Linda Aylwin of Mesquite TX; brother-in-law, Arnold Ramey; sisters-in-law: Etta Redd, Melba Cannaday; aunt/tia, Virginia Silva of Roswell; and uncle/tio, Albert Silva Acosta.
Chosen as Pallbearers will be nephews: Anthony “Lil Anthony” Silva Jr, Anthony Silva, Albert “Boy Boy” Silva, Jesse “Shay” Silva, Larry Griffith and Marcello “Chills” Silva.
Nieves family would like to Thank the doctors that cared for her, Dr. Donald Wenner Jr and Dr. Peter Jewell. We would also like to Thank the wonderful and caring staff at Eastern New Mexico Kidney Care Center.
Nieves’ tribute was lovingly written by her family in her honor.

I am not gone
I remain here beside you
Just in a different form
Look for me in your heart
And there you will find me
in our love which forever lives on
In those moments when you feel alone
Look for me in your thoughts
And there you will find me
in sweet memories that burn strong
Every time a tear
Forms in your beautiful eyes
Look up to the heavens
And there you will see me
Smiling down from God’s glorious skies

By Injete Chesoni

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