Wenonah Eldora Ramsey Belk was born on June 28, 1935 in an adobe house in Lincoln, New Mexico and died on November 27, 2021 at the age of 86 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Throughout her life, she resided in California, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Most recently, she resided at Arbor Village in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Wenonah is survived by her daughters and wives Gail Johnson of Chattanooga, TN, Jo and Randy Wood of Slick, OK, and Jeannie and Scott Agan of Katy, TX. She is also survived by her brother Charles Ramsey; half-sister Rebecca Heberer and half-brother Richard Heberer II; six grandchildren Nathan Johnson, Amanda Baskin, Monique Wimberly, Kassie Gass, Kaitlyn Agan and Kristin Agan; thirteen great-grandchildren Austin Johnson, Lydia Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Sophia Johnson and Naomi Johnson; Joshua Robinson, David Robinson, Laurie Robinson, Julianne Breese, Isabella Breese; Sydney Gass, McKinley Gass and Teagan Gass.
She is predeceased by her mother Velma Rose Schweitzer; legendary bow hunter father James Christian Ramsey and sister Rachel Ramsey Piper.
As a young woman, Wenonah wrote a story in the Seventh-Day Adventist Review & Herald, in which she stated her dream of one day becoming a dean or a teacher. She never gave up on this dream. She graduated from high school at Lodi Academy in California in 1953. Although she attended college several times during her life, it was not until she was fifty-seven. that she eventually graduated from Southwestern Adventist College in Keene, TX with a BS in Education.
Wenonah was dean of girls at Enterprise Adventist Academy in the late 1950s. Wenonah taught at Bristow Seventh-Day Adventist School from 1977 to 1982. She then worked for 30 years at Oklahoma Academy in Harrah, Oklahoma. During her tenure there, she held many different roles including that of dean of girls and teacher of English as a second language. In addition, she helped out in the cafeteria, campus daycare, and school office. She was affectionately known as “Granny B” by her students and teachers.
You didn’t have to spend a lot of time with Wenonah to figure out that she was a born teacher. It was not uncommon for her children to be approached by former students who told them that she was the best teacher they had ever had. She didn’t put much faith in new technologies; one of his favorite phrases was âgo get itâ. She wasn’t talking about the internet. She loved great books and always believed that a good book was the ultimate gift to share. She liked the music of many types; she encouraged her children to become music lovers as well by offering them a variety of instrument lessons, including flute, clarinet, piano, organ and guitar. She loved to attend concerts and musicals through the performing arts center. She rarely watched television, but was often found in her reclining chair with the radio on and one or more books nearby. She loved everything historical and had plenty of anecdotes to share about the people and places if you had time to visit. Most importantly, she loved God and spent her life in his service supporting Christian education. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
In accordance with her wishes, Wenonah will rest this spring at Turkey Creek Ranch in the presence of her family. In lieu of flowers, donations on her behalf can be made to the Oklahoma Academy in Harrah, Oklahoma.
Arrangements are under the direction of Traditions Funeral and Cremation Services, 35 S. Main, Kellyville, Oklahoma, 918-247-7373.