2010/09/19 - Carolyn Ramirez
On Saturday morning, September 25, families, friends, and community supporters will gather at LeTourneau University for the Alzheimer’s Association annual Memory Walk 2010 fundraiser. This event raises both funds and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and highlights the many valuable services provided by the local Longview Alzheimer’s Association.
Community volunteer Carolyn Ramirez has been a strong advocate for those suffering with this disease. She participates each year in the Memory Walk and volunteers for Unforgettable Tuesdays, a day club that offers opportunities for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to engage in meaningful social and recreational activities in a secure and supportive setting. It also provides a respite for family members and caregivers.
In addition to her service for the Alzheimer’s Association, Mrs. Ramirez is a member of the Pilot Club of Longview, where she has served as both president and secretary. This organization focuses on brain-related disorders and prevention of brain injuries. She also volunteers for Meals on Wheels and has delivered nutritious meals to senior citizens in the community for the past nine years. Mrs. Ramirez has served as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America for the past 28 years.
“In retirement, I feel blessed to have the time to volunteer in different areas of our community, and really appreciate the many people I have met and come to know through my activities,” Mrs. Ramirez said.
Born in Austin, Texas, Mrs. Ramirez has lived in Longview for ten years. She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and is retired from ExxonMobil in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Ramirez and her husband of 15 years, Joe, have five adult children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She attends First Lutheran Church and serves with the alter guild and plays in the handbell choir.
“When my husband and I retired in Houston, we made the decision to move to Longview, where my family has lived for many years,” Mrs. Ramirez said. “We love living in this smaller city because of its many amenities, the friendliness of the people here, and the many opportunities to be of service.”