March 26, 1918 – February 8, 2020
Hope Ramos was born in Texas March 26, 1918, the State where her great, great, great grandfather, Esmeregildo Seguin was born, which made her a fourth generation Texan.
She died February 8, 2020 in Douglas, Arizona, free of illnesses, even though she was registered into a Hospice program. She was the last surviving child of General Ignacio Morelos Zaragoza (1852-1927), and the only child of Maria de Jesus Benavides (1888-1982). Her father was a nephew of Ignacio Zaragoza, who is remembered on the fifth of May.
Before she married Robert Ramos Zepeda in Mexico City in 1936, she attended an English Academy for girls where only British English was spoken, but by law, Castilian Spanish was taught in the classroom, so she had a wonderful facility to translate.
She met her future husband during a gathering of friends where she lived. As everyone was leaving she went upstairs to look out one of the balconies. Robert climbed up to the balcony and announced to fifteen year old Hope that she was going to be his bride. On June 6, 1936 she did, and they were married until his death in 1984. As a young couple in the 1940s, they enjoyed going to the movies. They made a stunning movie-star-looking couple.
From the time she was a young girl, she yearned to help others. As a 14-year old she taught Bible stories to younger children.
When she was breast feeding one of her sons, the wife of a friend of the family died as she gave birth to twins. For the twins to survive, they were thought at the time, that they needed to be breast fed. The father asked Hope if she would feed the twins. It may have been difficult to consider, but she did it on one condition, that the babies were brought to her house, he did and she fed them.
She loved to read about nature, and in her early 20s she wrote a story about a pine tree to cause people to think how important trees are to our survival. In her 80s she typed a collection of about 800 Spanish sayings she heard when growing up, to publish as a small 36 page book. She had been jotting them down for years.
She also liked to read world history, classic literature, and was very interested in Physics and Botany which she studied in school. She loved all music and languages, and knew many friendly sentences in various languages. She also loved dogs, and always had a dog by her side.
In college, she studied French, which her father, and her Seguin ancestors spoke.
Erasmo Seguin and Stephen F. Austin, communicated in French with each other during the settling of Americans in Texas, as they attempted to get Spain to accept these new citizens because that was the international diplomatic language at the time. Many of those letters are now in the archives in Austin, Texas.
She had many interests. She knitted, sewed, painted in oils, enjoyed crafts, loved the outdoors, grew flowers, and vegetables, decorated cakes, and many, many other activities, but the important focus of her life after the care of her family, was to try to make this a better world, and with that as her goal, she worked with the Red Cross during WWII to be ready to help the injured. During the cold War she and her teen age children, spent hours with the U.S. Air Defense Force to identify airplanes that flew over the USA, to protect our Country.
She was always active in the PTA when her four children were young, and volunteered to help others all her life. She volunteered to help retarded children, and she also taught Spanish as a second language in Texas schools.
She, with her husband, and four children lived in Texas, later in Santa Monica, California, where they owned a furniture store, and she did interior decorating. She was one of the first women to sell furniture in a department store. She sold furniture in the Westwood Bullock’s store before they moved to Douglas, Arizona, where she and her husband opened Borderland Furniture on G Street in 1973.
In Douglas, she was a member of the Douglas Woman’s Club, and of the Douglas Art Association, which exhibited her oil paintings in the city, and state, and one was sent from the state to be exhibited in the White House. Many of her paintings received first place.
She visited the elderly in the Cochise County Hospital, where she carried all the Bingo equipment she bought, together with prizes her husband donated, to entertain the senior citizens. She also helped feed those who needed that help. For years, she spent hours at the Food Bank, to help those in need, as she also tried to develop programs for them when she was President of the YWCA.
In her 80s, she worked to improve life in Douglas as a member of “The Squeaky Wheel” which tried to call governmental attention to problems that citizens perceived.
For simple fun and enjoyment, she belonged to the Roadrunners Homemakers Club, The Douglas Holiday Diners, and the Douglas Women’s Golf Association which in a ceremony, gave her lifetime membership.
She was very active in the community well into her late eighties, and early nineties, and had many friends. Walking down any street in Douglas, there was a constant “Hi Hope!” or “Hello Mrs. Ramos.”
Most of her friends have passed away, but those who were young in early years still remember her today.
While at Haven of Douglas, from 2016 to 2020 she continued to do needlework, and she crocheted a dress, two scarves, with matching caps, and other items which were entered in the County Fair, and for which she received several ribbons. Even at that age, she still wanted to be the helper. Her daughter would try to get her to understand that she had helped others all her life, and now it was time to accept help.
She was gracious, polite with everyone at all times, thoughtful of others, courageous, never bragged, always smiled. Very few people, even family members know all that is written here that she did. She was compassionate and cried easily over others’ misfortunes, but she was strong in her beliefs, and that, carried her in times of tragedies, and setbacks.
Hope loved life, and loved people. Her life was a reflection of that love.
Her surviving children are Josephine Hope Ramos Smith, Robert Ignacio (born Ramos) Burnham, Louis Edward Ramos, and John Andrew Ramos, two grandsons, two granddaughters, one great-grandson, and two great-granddaughters, a step granddaughter, and a step great granddaughter, and a niece, Pauline Benavides.
A memorial for the freeing of her ashes. as she requested, is tentatively planned for this coming October. If anyone is so inclined, please plant a tree or donate to www.arborday.org which shares trees with those who donate even a small amount.