Friday, March 13, 2015

He's gone.....

.... and I am heartbroken.

But I'm relieved that he is no longer in pain... and he and Mom are back together again.

He was a wonderful Father... always my protector.

He was the sweetest man I've ever known.... full of life and love.  He showed incredible grace and kindness to everyone, even right at the end when his body was failing and he was in pain.   He never failed to say "thank you" to a nurse who came to turn him or help him with anything, or "please" when asked if he wanted something.  His smile could light up a room.  He was an amazing teacher, and he was teaching me how to love and treat people right until his very last breath.

Our last conversation was this:

Me: "I love you Dad"
Dad, nodding and smiling weakly:  "Love you too.  Thank you."
Me:  "You are the sweetest man."
Dad, smiling a little bigger:  "I know"

Then a long pause and he looked me in the eyes and said: "I believe it's gonna be ok."

Yes, I believe it IS going to be ok, Dad.  Mainly because you taught me that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is looking out for us all.. and to trust in HIM... and His will be done.   And we WILL be together again someday.  Oh yes, I do believe that!!

... and I also believe that when your soul took flight up into the heavens, you were greeted with these words:

"Well done good and faithful servant;....Enter into the joy of your lord." (Matthew 25:21, NJKV).

Dr. Manuel Ramirez    March 26, 1923 - March 16, 2015

Well done Dad.... well done.    
I'll love you forever....
Your daughter,


  1. Love you, Marcia. What sweet thoughts for a sweet man.

  2. Oh Marcia, such sad news. I remember seeing him at the Bluebird a couple of times, so proud and sweet - a special outing for him to come see you play! I'm so sorry for your loss, and praying for you and your family in the days to come. xo

    1. Thank you sweet girl.... yes, he always LOVED coming to the Bluebird!

  3. Marcia, your words are beautiful. I love the thumbs up picture. May your sweet Daddy forever rest in peace. Love you my friend.

  4. Though I never met Mr. Ramirez, I got to know him through your loving journal and testimony. Bless you guys at this difficult time, God's peace.

  5. My heart is broken for you. Love you, friend. Sending you love and prayers for comfort and peace.

  6. Marcia, I remember meeting your dad for the first time some 45 years ago not long after my family moved to Arkadelphia. I recall what a wonderful, nice man he was to me when I was just 8 years old. My whole family sends much love to yours. - Kerry

    1. Thank you my friend.... he always thought a lot of you!!