Longtime Juneau resident Adoracion "Doreen" Roldan Ramos, 86, died Sept. 16, 2006, peacefully, surrounded by family at the Juneau Pioneer Home, where she resided for the past five years.
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She was born June 27, 1920, in Numancia, Aklan, Philippines, to Roman Roldan and Margarita Cezar. She married Francisco Gonzales Ramos on Jan. 17, 1947, at St. Joseph Church in Numancia.
She sailed on the S.S. President Cleveland from Manila to San Francisco on March 16, 1948, and made Juneau her home for the next 58 years. In 1949, she and her husband became involved in their new community opening the Ramos Café on South Franklin. They continued to operate their restaurant until family illness forced them to close in 1960.
She also worked for Alaska Laundry and the state of Alaska, and retired from the housekeeping department of Bartlett Memorial Hospital in 1984. She had been a member of the Filipino Community and the Catholic Daughters of America.
Family members said, "She greeted every day with a smile. She enjoyed walking and sharing many a good meal with family and friends. Her legacy to her family was to deal with life's challenges with patience and grace."
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her son, Frank Ramos Jr. and his wife, Joylyn, of Laguinbanwa, Aklan, Philippines; daughters, Linda Meritt and her husband, Alan, of Fairview, Alberta, Canada, and Margaret Ramos and her husband, Don Ashe, of Juneau; grandchildren, Angela Saelee, of Anchorage, Leah Ramos of Chicago, Lance Ramos of Laguinbanwa, Christopher Meritt and Joseph Meritt of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Anya Mixon of Allardt, Tenn., and Stefan, Dylan and Solana Ashe, of Juneau; and great grandchildren, Maya, Sien, Jaeden and Louie Saelee, of Anchorage.
A viewing and rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The funeral mass will be at noon Tuesday at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Interment and a reception will follow at the Parish Hall.