Mary DeWilde Ramsey, 84, of Clarks Summit, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at home. She was the widow of Nicholas Marc Ramsey, who died Feb. 15. 2005. The couple had been married more than 57 years.
Chitch was born Dec. 17, 1927, in Scranton, daughter of the late Fredrick Arthur and Lucille Ferber DeWilde. A lifelong resident of the Abingtons, Chitch was a 1944 graduate of Clarks Summit High School, studied at Syracuse University and was formerly employed by United Airlines in New Jersey when she met her husband and lifelong companion, Nick, a veteran of the Army Air Corps in World War II.
She was born of a proud heritage. Her father, Frederick A. DeWilde, was a veteran of the Army Air Corps in World War I, and as owner and operator of Pine Brook Iron Works, was one of Northeast Pennsylvania's leading industrialists until his untimely death by lightning strike at the Scranton Country Club on Father's Day, June 1957. Her grandfather, Henry F. Ferber, former chief of the Scranton Fire Department, was at a young age one of the heroes of the St. Patrick's orphanage fire in Hyde Park in 1881, where, rushing into the flames to save the children, he had the last child die in his arms. Her great-grandfather, Augustus Ferber, worked his way up through the anthracite mines to become the chief of police of Scranton during the troubled times of the Molly Maguires. He was also a Union Army veteran in the 41st PA infantry of Gov. Curtin's men during the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863. A lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit , this wonderful lady and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother will be missed by all who had the great good fortune to know her. She was comforted many hours by the companionship of her loving cat, Missy.
Chitch is survived by two sons, Marc Frederick Ramsey and wife, Jill Kristin, booksellers in Richmond, Va.; and Scott Nicholas Ramsey, respiratory therapist, East Stroudsburg; grandsons, Dylan Scott Ramsey and wife, Jean Marie, Boulder, Colo.; Morgan DeWilde Ramsey and wife, Amanda, San Francisco; two granddaughters, Mary Catherine Ramsey, Factoryville; and Nanci Austin, England; two great-granddaughters, Savannah Rachel Ramsey, San Francisco; and Lilah Jane Ramsey, Boulder; a sister-in-law, Sharon Browning DeWilde, Clarks Summit; two former daughters-in-law, Debbie Toye Sweppenheiser, Factoryville; and Isabelle Eager Ramsey, Charlottesville, Va.; nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Constance "Connie" M. Chew; and a brother, Frederick A. DeWilde Jr.
The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m., in First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St. , Clarks Summit , with services by the Rev. William G. Carter. Interment, Hickory Grove Cemetery , Waverly. Friends may call from 10:30 to 11 at the church.