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Darlene Mae Ramirez, 81, passed away on February 22, 2022 at SummitView Terrace Senior Living Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Darlene passed as she lived – on her own terms – with family by her side. Her loving heart has left a beacon of light for her family and friends.
Darlene was born in Seymour, Missouri, the third of four children to Walter Ray Wise and Goldie Mae (Etheridge) Wise. Her sense of humor and quick wit matched that of her siblings. Beautiful on the inside and out, she attracted people toward her and proved to be a valued friend to all.
Cheering on the KC Royals was a favorite pastime of Darlene’s. Her favorite player was Salvador Perez. Not only did she feel he is the best player on the team, but she lived for a period of time in Venezuela, Salvy’s birthplace, and thus felt they had a connection.
Darlene was a valued employee of Gilbert Robinson; TJ Cinnamon; and Kivet and Myers. She enjoyed working and often said she missed her coworkers and employers.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Thomas Hackett; her husband, Robert Ramirez; her brother, Delbert R. Wise; her sisters, Oleva Kelly and Yvonne Kline; her niece Jennifer Wise; and her ex-husband, William Hatton, with whom she remained friends.
She leaves behind her half-brother, Larry Wise (Joan); her uncle, Albert Ray Etheridge (Velda); her nieces Denise Haushahn (Robert), Dawn Wilson (Sam), and LeAnne Lawrence (Michael); her nephew, Shawn Dixon (Mary); great-nieces and great-nephews; and many cousins.
Just as she enjoyed the company of family and friends, she thrived on the company of the many cats and dogs that shared parts of her life with her.
Arrangements by Heartland Cremation and Burial Society, Raytown, MO. Interment at Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Higginsville, MO on March 18, 2022 at 11AM.
Darlene’s family wishes to express their love and gratitude to the staff and residents of SummitView Terrace Senior Living for loving and caring for Darlene. Thank you also to the Kansas City Hospice for providing Darlene with superb care and attention.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Wayside Waifs or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.