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Ramona Rollins MannDecember 7, 1947 ~ December 31, 2017 (age 70)
Ramona Rollins Mann
December 7, 1947 ~ December 31, 2017
Ramona Rollins Mann, 70, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of her loved ones on New Year’s Eve, 2017, from endometrial cancer. She was born December 7, 1947, in Laramie, Wyoming, to Wayne Leon Rollins and Donna Rae Stevens. She grew up in Laramie, Cowley, Gillette, and Powell, Wyoming, and Fort Collins and Rocky Ford, Colorado. Her high school years were spent in Kabul, Afghanistan, where her father served as a visiting professor at the university and, as a veterinarian, introduced artificial insemination to the King’s cattle. Ramona returned to attend the University of Wyoming and BYU before serving an LDS mission in the Netherlands.
After her mission, she married Richard O. Mann in the Salt Lake Temple on November 26, 1975, and lived in Thornton, Colorado, several years before they returned to Utah. They lived in West Valley City, then bought her parents’ home in Roy in 1989, which remains the family home.
Ramona and Rich were privileged to adopt Mary Elizabeth Mann in 1979 and Edward O’Brian Mann in 1981.
After the children were in school, she returned to employment as a legal secretary. When that was not satisfying, she attended Westminster College to obtain a paralegal certificate. After many years as an expert paralegal, she decided it would be more fun not to stop the legal work just when it was getting interesting. She finished her bachelor’s degree at Weber State University, then went to law school at the University of Utah while in her forties. She practiced law as a solo practitioner in Ogden, Utah, specializing in family law, where she could help people through some of the most difficult times of their lives in divorces, child custody matters, and similar situations. A retired district court judge recently remarked that he had great respect for her because she worked hard to make things right for all the parties rather than just trying to win the case. He said she really cared for her clients as people, not as sources of revenue. Consequently, she never made a lot of money in her practice, but was rewarded instead with satisfaction from truly serving her clients.
Ramona was known throughout her large extended families as one who knew everyone, cared about all of them, and always attended every important event in their lives. With more than a dozen aunts and uncles, all with large families, Ramona has a LOT of cousins. Yet she rarely missed a birthday party, baptism, ordination, wedding, funeral, or other significant event. As she arrived at an event, someone invariably said, “I knew you would come.”
She loved to read and watch TV game shows, but to her a perfect evening was one spent with family playing cards or other games and chatting.
She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served multiple times as the president of the Young Women, the Primary, and the Relief Society. If not presiding, she was always teaching classes and forming loving relationships with her youthful students which still persist. She worked as a volunteer in the Ogden Temple. Her most lasting influence, however, was as a Relief Society visiting teacher, where she influenced many lives for good.
Ramona is survived by her children and their families: Mary Elizabeth Mann Cromblin (Jamie) of Prattville, Alabama, and children Darnell DaShaun Mann, and the twins, Jahmya Da’Shay Cromblin and Jahmir QuenTrell Cromblin; Edward O’Brian Mann (Briana) of Augusta, Georgia, and children Elizabeth Laura Mann, Gracie Mae Mann, and Richard O’Brian Mann; sisters Muriel Liggett (Dennis), Mary Hirsbrunner (Wayne), Annette Renae Finster (Thomas), and Beverly Kemp (James); and brothers Derek Rollins (Melissa) and Dustin.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 West 5600 South. Friends may visit with family on Friday, January 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the mortuary.
Interment will be at the Ogden City Cemetery, 1875 Monroe Boulevard.