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December 24, 1954 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old
Ramona Bishop Merrill — December 24, 1954 — January 25, 2024
It is with deep sorrow that our family announces that Ramona Merrill passed away on Thursday, January
25, 2024 after a long battle with respiratory failure. She was born in Baytown December 24th 1954 to Herbert and Laverne Bishop. Ramona grew up in Baytown and lived her married life in Conroe, Huffman and Crosby.
Ramona graduated from Ross Sterling High School in 1973 with honors. She was chosen by faculty to receive the "Sterling Citizen" award (recognition given to 12 graduates who demonstrated attributes of loyalty, ambition, personality, dependability and devotion). She also received a national feature writing award along with other writing and art awards.
In 1975 Ramona graduated cum laude from Lee College with an Associate of Arts Degree. She was named to Who's Who among American Junior College Students. She also worked 2 part time jobs while attending class full time.
In 1977 she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.7 grade point average from Sam Houston State University and was elected to two national collegiate honor society groups.
During her college years she worked at Lee College as an Instructional Media Center Assistant and was the Advertising Manager for the Sam Houston State newspaper, the Houstonian.
Her first job as a teacher was in Spring High School. She taught Journalism and photography for two years.
From 1979-1985 she was the Communications Coordinator for the Channelview school district.
From 1985-1987 she was the Associate Managing Editor for the Baytown Sun newspaper. From there she moved on the Crosby ISD as a Journalism Teacher/Department Head and Writing Coordinator, and yearbook advisor at Crosby High School. She retired from teaching after 33 years of service in 2011.
As the yearbook advisor, she won national awards from her publisher for all 18 yearbooks she produced.
The 2001 Catamount, in which her daughter was Editor, won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Crown award. This book was ranked #11 in the United States by the publisher. The entire yearbook staff got to go to New York City the following year to receive the award and site see.
While working as a teacher at Crosby High School, she was very involved in helping students excel in UIL meets. She also helped judge these meets all over the area.
While at Crosby High School, she implemented a program of mentoring for at-risk students called KIDS HOPE. She directed the activities of 13 other volunteers who spent time with the kids during their school day.
Her love of teaching led her to personally tutor the young daughter of the owner of Hungry Jack's restaurant. She would pick her up from school and go to the restaurant for a few hours every day. As a young adult now, Rosa said that she wouldn't be who she is today without Ramona's help. This is just one example of how many kids were impacted by her.
Ramona was an avid reader. She completely wore out 3 Kindle tablets over the years. She also enjoyed various women's bible study groups.
Although teaching was an important part of her life, her family was the most important part of her life.
Her daughter, Amanda Merrill Lamb, lives in Boca Raton, FL with her husband, Corey, and son, Harper, and daughter, Nico. Amanda is a Librarian for a private school and Corey is an Art Professor at Florida Atlantic University. Harper (16) and Nico (12) are outstanding students. Amanda and Corey both have master's degrees.
Ramona was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Bishop, and sister, Amy McRee, and brother in law, Bobby McRee.
Ramona is survived by her husband, Pete Merrill, and daughter, Amanda Lamb (Corey) and grandchildren Harper Lamb and Nico Lamb. She is also survived by her sister, June Repp (Mike), and sister, Laura Hinton (Bob), and their children and grandchildren, and her mother, Laverne Bishop. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
The services will be conducted by Dr. Gene Talbot of A New Direction Baptist Church of Crosby. He will singing and accompanying himself on the guitar.
The family wishes to thank the Doctor's Choice home heath company and our nurse, Shaunacy Martin, of Crosby.
Saturday February 3, 2024 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sterling-White Funeral Home 11011 Crosby Lynchburg Rd. Highlands, TX 77562
Saturday February 3, 2024 5:00 PM Sterling-White Funeral Home 11011 Crosby Lynchburg Rd. Highlands, TX 77562