Mary E. Ramsey

Mary E. Ramsey

May 28th, 1956 July 11th, 2019

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A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.

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Sarah Faude

Mary was always a fierce advocate for graduate students, and I am honored to have had so many years of laughs and conversations with her. In particular, I know that on more than one occasion she went out of her way to make sure that my experiences teaching were set up for success- for both myself and the undergraduate students I taught. Although I was often one to bother her with questions and requests, many of which were likely someone else's job, she would always give a knowing look, call me "trouble", smile/laugh, and then do whatever she could to help. She was a powerful spirit in our department, and the world is not the same without her in it.
Comment | Posted at 11:35am via Condolence

Kristin Ramsey

Thank you for the kind words about my mother.
Posted at 08:26pm

Ineke Marshall

Dear Bobby and Mary's daughters,
I am so sad to hear about Mary's death. I knew Mary was having serious health troubles, but before the Summer, in our early morning conversations on the 9th floor,she always was upbeat and minimized her problems and it was a shock to hear about her passing. Mainly, in some of these later conversations, she expressed her worries about Bobby and the kids. She loved her family so much -- her face would light up when she would talk about you. Mary was an amazing woman. Her job was difficult, dealing with so many people, and being interrupted all the time. I was one of those annoying people who would interrupt her while she was working on the computer - and the great thing was that she never showed her annoyance, but responded with good cheer and always knew the answer to my questions. No matter how busy things were - and no matter how tired she must have been - Mary always made everybody feel like they mattered and that she cared. She was a very important person in our department -- but she was also very modest, almost to a fault. I was trying to find a picture of her taken during any of our department events, but I could not find any. Not surprising, because Mary was not a person to want the limelight - ever. My words cannot make your loss any easier, but I hope it helps you to know that Mary made a difference. She made a difference in my life by showing how to remain positive and how to retain a sense of wicked humor while struggling with major health issues. Mary will be truly missed!
Comment | Posted at 08:04pm via Condolence

Kristin Ramsey

Thank you very much for the nice words about my mother.
Posted at 01:20am

Kristin Ramsey

This is Mary’s daughter Kristin. I just to let people know that the memorial for my mother is going to be on August 28, 2019.
Comment | Posted at 06:47pm via Condolence

Kristin Ramsey

I should add it will at noon on that date at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody MA.
Posted at 09:41pm

jJack Levin

Jack Levin
I just learned of Mary's death, and I am really at a loss to express my deep sadness to Bobby and the girls. Mary loved her primary family and she was loved also by her colleagues in the Department. Having been retired for a few years now, I have missed our interesting and sometimes important conversations at the front desk. Mary will be missed by faculty and students. The Department will never be the same in her absence.
Comment | Posted at 03:14pm via Condolence

Patty Lynch

Thank you Jack,. I know my sister enjoyed talking with you. Not only her family will miss her I know Northeastern University will too. Patty Lynch
Posted at 08:56am

Kristin Ramsey

Thank you very much.
Posted at 05:34pm

Charlie G. Senyeah

I appreciated Mary's help so much when I arrived at Northeastern as a new faculty member. And I appreciate that she never teased me about my rapid transformation to "absent minded professor." She would just give me a knowing smile when I locked myself out of my office (sometimes three times in a week). We will miss her terribly here in Sociology & Anthropology.
Comment | Posted at 09:06am via Condolence

Kristin Ramsey

Thank you very much.
Posted at 12:47am

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