Beatrice Mae Ramsell
September 27, 1931 - August 21, 2021
A private family memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 2 - 3 p.m. to share memories and stories with Bea's family.
It was with great sorrow, we said good-bye to our beautiful, loving Mom; Bea Ramsell on Saturday August 21, 2021. Mom was surrounded by family as she moved on to her next chapter.
Mom was born in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on September 27, 1931. She moved a lot during her early years due to her dad’s employment as a woodsman. Her parents Ruby (Elliott) and Walter Chellis moved to Newfield, Maine and created a home there with her dad’s parents.
During the fire of 1947, the family was uprooted when their beautiful family home was destroyed. Mom was never one to complain and always took a positive approach to any hardship and helped create a new home with her family.
During Mom’s first marriage, she moved to Boston during the early 1950’s, she often shared stories about how different Boston was from her beloved hometown of Newfield. Mom’s first marriage was blessed with two children: Richard Hurst and Sandra Hurst Conklin.
In 1955, Mom married George Ramsell and this loving union was blessed with two additional children: Hazel Ramsell VanGaasbeek and Frank Ramsell.
Mom always dreamed of having two boys and two girls and was so happy to have these precious gifts in her life. Our family moved to Waterboro in 1961 where Mom created a wonderful loving home for us all. The door was always open for our friends, and Mom became a second mother to many; she prepared food if they were hungry, provided love and support when needed. Our mother was always quick with a smile and a loving uplifting message when you needed it most.
After George passed away in 1974, Mom had many careers. The one she loved the most was caring for children in her home creating many wonderful relationships along the way. Mom accomplished a major goal when she returned to Sanford High School to earn her diploma. We proudly attended her graduation, just as she had attended all of ours. Mom obtained her driver’s license and purchased her first car. Mom traveled to see her children no matter the distance; she loved being close to her children and family.
Mom loved her home and community in Waterboro. She always looked forward to returning when she did spend time away.
Mom never met a child or animal she did not love. Her love of animals led to volunteering at Last Chance Rescue for several years. She rescued many dogs and cats, providing them with a safe and loving home.
Mom loved all her children and was blessed with five grandchildren: nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Mom was always ready for an adventure and enjoyed her weekly trips for lunch and shopping, always on the hunt for her next teapot. Mom never saw a teapot she did not love and as a result collected them wherever we went.
One of her favorite shopping spots was Threads of Hope in Sanford. She loved interacting with all the friendly staff which always chatted with her, often leaving with new books and of course a teapot or two.
Mom was the most positive, upbeat loving person you could meet; she faced many hardships during her life and managed to overcome them with sheer determination and grace.
Mom is lovingly survived by daughters Sandra (Buster) Conklin of Oak Harbor WA., and her daughters Christina and Donna; Hazel VanGaasbeek and her husband Len of Hollis, and their children Andrea MacAlpine and Matt VanGaasbeek and Cedric Stoddard; son Frank Ramsell and wife Tracey of Springfield, MA, and their son Darryl; daughter-in-law Sue Hurst of Acton; many loving great grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Mom was predeceased by her first husband John Hurst and second husband George Ramsell; son Richard Hurst; first grandson Michael Conklin and granddaughter Tabitha Stoddard.
Mom’s granddaughters Tabitha and Andrea (MacAlpine) shared a special bond with their Grammy; her home was filled with books, both recall sharing many “Grammy adventures” while spending time during their request’s visits. When Tabitha was ill Grammy lovingly helped with her daily needs to ease her journey with cancer, this is a testament on how strong, kind, and generous our mom was with those she cherished.
Our Mom loved deeply and taught her family many valuable lessons that continue to help us navigate through life. We will miss her forever.
Bea’s family request in lieu of flowers, to consider donating in her name to Hospice of Southern Maine, who provided outstanding care to her during the last year of her life, and Another Chance Rescue in Sanford was also a non-profit that she held close to her heart.
A private memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. Friends may visit and share memories and stories with Bea’s family from 2 – 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is honored to be handling Mrs. Ramsell’s arrangements.