Ruth Anne Ramey Ellis
Ruth Anne Ramey Ellis, 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at the Trager Pavilion of Jewish Hospital. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Dr. Rudy J. Ellis. Dr. Ellis was a nationally known pioneer in Sports Medicine and the team physician for the University of Louisville athletic teams for 38+ years. Mrs. Ellis and her late husband were inseparable and their love of Cardinal athletics took them all over the country, where she was a loud proponent of UofL Athletes, always telling them to “Put it in the Basket!”, with her popcorn megaphone. Dr. and Mrs. Ellis met while she was a student at the Deaconess Nursing School of the old Methodist Hospital and he was a medical resident at the University of Louisville. They were married
on September 12, 1944. Ruth Anne was born on November 28, 1922, in Harlan, KY, as the oldest child of seven to James White and Anna Mae Ramey. She graduated from Broughtontown High School and the Deaconess School of Nursing, in Louisville, KY. She served as a head nurse at Children’s Hospital and she was a WAC Cadet Nurse. She was a member of Christ Church United Methodist, a volunteer for the Louisville Deaf Oral School and Kosair Charities and a Kentucky Colonel. She served on the Boards of the Jefferson County Medical Association Women’s Auxiliary, the Fillies of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Crescent Hill Woman’s Club and the Downtown Woman’s Club. She was active in their community functions, theatrical performances and bridge groups. She also belonged to the Louisville Boat Club and the University Club. She was a very vocal member of the ULA’s and loved her Louisville Cardinals. Even in her declining years, she was most proud of her red jacket and her UofL
Cardinal Bird pins. Ruth Anne loved to attend sporting events, anything from little league to professional sports. Her love of sports and the Cardinals helped her to develop many close friendships with people throughout the community. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Anna Mae Ramey; her sisters, Margarette Ramey and Faye Smith; and her oldest grandchild, Adam Wenger Williams. She is survived by her four loving children, Linda Anne Williams Cheatham, Dr. R. John Ellis Jr. (Rita), Jim Ellis and Amy Ellis Smith (T.J.); her six grandchildren, Rudy John Ellis III, Meredith Anne Ellis, Amanda Anne Ellis, Chance William Smith, Zayne Edward Smith and Brock Alexander Smith; her sisters, Pearl Taylor, Louise Hammond and Rosemary Calhoun; a brother,
Clyde Ramey (Loretta); and her housekeeper and friend for over 35 years, Cora Crowe; along with many nieces and nephews. She leaves behind and expresses sincere gratitude to the many friends and neighbors who stopped by to see her and visit with her during her final years. We would like to give special thanks to Suzi Graven, who became a caring, loving and supporting friend of Ruth Anne and the family. Also special thanks to her loving care givers who gave unselfishly of their time and talents, to take care of her, especially Geri Marshall and her loving family, her daughter, Gericole Dale and all the other very special and talented caregivers who helped to make her final years as pleasant as they could be; Pat Martin, Casey Carroll, Sandy Galyon and Marie Shake. Her funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Pearson’s Funeral Home, 149 Breckinridge Lane, with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3-8 p.m. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to the “Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Sports Medicine Scholarship Fund” at the University of Louisville; the Alzheimer’s Association, 3703 Taylorsville Road, #102, Louisville, KY, 40212; the
Louisville Deaf Oral School, 115 East Kentucky St., 40203; or Kosair Charities, P.O. Box 37370, Louisville, KY, 40233.
/Published in The Courier-Journal from 1/24/2008 – 1/25/2008./