Ramona Denise Tysor, age 58 of Copperas Cove, unexpectedly passed away on June 1, 2023, at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Temple, Texas with her husband and daughter by her side. After years of persevering through pain with occasional moments of joy and hope her heart released her from the suffering of cancer and gifted her the ultimate peace.
Ramona, born on August 27, 1964, in Franklin, Texas, to Alice Gunter, was the youngest of three, but her spirit shone bright, possessing wisdom and gravitas that are often associated with the eldest sibling. Her sisters, Sherrill Goodman, and Wylene Miles, often joke about relenting to her will and tenacious spirit. After the death of their mother, Alice Jewel, the three sisters were raised by their maternal grandmother, Levester Gunter. Ramona joined Fourth Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin, Texas.
After graduating from Franklin High School, Ramona journeyed to Germany to lend support to her sister, Sherrill, and her nephews Dwaine and Jason. While in Germany, Ramona met her beloved husband, Rodney, who was serving in the military. Throughout Rodney's military career, Ramona found employment wherever they were stationed, contributing to the well-being of her family. She retired after 20 years of distinguished service from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
As a mother to Alisha and Davids, Ramona embodied unconditional love. Her grandkids, Zora and Maia, were her pride and joy. She flew in right on time to be present at the birth of both of her grandbabies in Abu Dhabi, UAE. With them, she shared her passion for gardening, and her penchant for puzzles, which mirrored her approach to life, always piecing together solutions and finding ways to support those she cared about. In giving, she found her greatest joy, going out of her way to help others, even when it was difficult for her. Yet, she was also famously known for her humility, often finding it hard to accept help in return.
Ramona Tysor's light will forever shine brightly in the hearts of those who loved her. She will be dearly missed, but her legacy will continue to inspire all who had the privilege to know her. She is survived by her husband Rodney Tysor, her daughter Alisha Tysor, son-in-law Davids Achonu, grandkids Zora and Maia Achonu, her two sisters, Sherrill Goodman and Wylene Miles, her mother-in-law, Elwood Davis, two sisters-in-law, Kim Williams, Nekia Creacy, a brother-in-law, Bryan Davis, four maternal aunts, Jimmie Scott, Marilyn Newsome, Francis Griffin, and Virginia Kizzee, one uncle, James Gunter, six nephews, four nieces, three great-nephews, two great nieces, and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial of Ramona's life will be held at 2:00pm, Wednesday, June 14th, at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX followed by a reception at Band of Brothers BBQ. We invite those who knew and loved her to join us in remembering a remarkable woman with a beautiful soul of strength and boundless love who lived her life with grace, courage, and an unwavering commitment to her family.