Ramona Broadway McCauley, aged 92 years, 7 months, and 22 days, of Orange, Texas, left this earth for her heavenly dwelling place on May 22, 2021, surrounded by loved ones. Funeral services for Ramona will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange, Texas. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Interment will immediately follow services at, Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange, Texas.
Ramona was born November 1, 1928, in Jacksonville, Texas, to Robert William (“R.W.”) and Dona Belle (Pierce) Broadway. After marrying her adoring husband, Billy Gene McCauley, on September 17, 1949, they made their home in Orange, Texas, where she lived the rest of her life.
Ramona was reared on a rural farm and was her dad’s hunting and fishing partner well into her teenage years. She completed her public schooling in 10 years. After public school, she received a scholarship to Elliot Business School in Dallas, Texas. After completing Business School, she worked in a medical clinic where she learned about healing people. In high school her desire was to be a doctor. She was a beautiful woman of many talents. She was a Bible scholar, crocheted, sang, was an artist, played guitar, was an excellent seamstress, an expert crossword puzzle and sudoku solver, a genealogist, and a crack-shot with her pistol. She was a Red Cross swim instructor for 38 years, taught adaptive swimming for physically challenged children, first aid and CPR. She and Bill were Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteers for several years. They also built a house together from scratch after fire destroyed their trailer. Ramona was also a school bus driver. She enjoyed camping and travelling. She received certificates of completion for several Bible study courses from the Berean Bible School. She and Bill traveled from coast to coast and to Alaska, Canada and Africa. She was a wonderful cheerleader for her 4 children in whatever they chose to be involved in.
Ramona was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Billy Gene McCauley; her parents, Robert William and Dona Belle (Pierce) Broadway; sister, Wynona Sowell; brother, Willie Morris (“Bill”) Broadway; grand-daughter, Miranda Vatchie Adjo McCauley; great grand-son, Jace Logan Ponder; her favorite cousin, Frank Pierce; niece, Thyra Janice Sowell and nephew, Clifton “Butch” Thompson.
Those left to cherish her memory are her brother, Charles Melvin Broadway and wife Gerry of Jacksonville, Texas; her 4 children, Kathy Lynn McCauley of Silverton, Oregon; Donna Gwynn Evans and husband Walter of Atlanta, Texas; William Andrew “Drew” McCauley and wife Comfort of Alabama; and Kimberly Ann Cornsilk and husband Robert of Orange, Texas; 16 grandchildren (and their spouses): Kenneth Jason McRae (Laena), Erin Kathleen McRae, Amy Lynn McRae-Brownlee (Mark), Felicia Renee Evans Ponder (James), Walter J. “B.J.” Evans, III (Vanessa), Patrick Ryan Evans, William Andrew “Bill” McCauley, Jr. (Joyce), Joseph Michael “Mike” McCauley (Gretchen), David Reagan McCauley (Jaime), Daniel Lee McCauley, Phillip Aaron Komi McCauley, Steven Joshua Komlan McCauley, Sarah Ogomi McCauley, Charles Ray “Trey” Cotton, III (Melanie), Robert William “Robby” Cornsilk (Taylor), and Clayton Lee Cornsilk (Christyn); 34 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Well into her 90th year, Ramona knew the birthdays and ages of all her grandchildren, most of her great-grandchildren, and all the nieces and nephews.
Our family extends many Thanks to Best Hospice for the care, kindness, and respect given to our mom as they cared for her during her last months with us.
Pallbearers honoring Ramona: Bill McCauley, Trey Cotton, B.J. Evans, Michael McCauley, David McCauley, and Danny McCauley. Honorary pallbearers are Jason McRae, Ryan Evans, Aaron McCauley, Joshua McCauley, Robby Cornsilk, and Lee Cornsilk.
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