Barbara Ann (Gallant) Ramshur

April 03, 2024

Barbara Ann (Gallant) Ramshur, age 90, left this earthly plane on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 to “go gallivanting” on the next leg of her journey.

Born in West Newton, Ma on January 12, 1934 to the late Frank and Maude Gallant; she was one of 11 children and lived most of her life in Brewster. She graduated from Orleans High School in 1952.

Known affectionately as Oma, Mama, and Aunt Barb, there wasn’t a person that met her that didn’t instantly fall in love with that smile, twinkle in her eyes and adorable voice. Mama could often be seen walking the flats of Brewster, going “yahd saling,” to thrift shops, and occasionally to her favorite restaurants, Grumpy’s or The Lost Dog. On those days she would say we were just “Ritzy ditzy people putzin”! As a single mother of twins, she worked tirelessly at Orleans Convalescent home and many side cleaning jobs for over 30 years to provide for her family and save a little extra money for bingo, and the Christmas Tree S hops, finally retiring at age 79. Her “pride and joy” were always her four children, Jimmy Sullivan (Beth), Johnny Sullivan (Mary) Barbara Ramshur, and Alice Cartier (Jeffrey), her 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Oma was also a social media celebrity with her adorable photos, videos, and amazing use of “sign language” and was often recognized by complete strangers! She was the “last one standing” of her 10 siblings, Rollie, Franny, Willie, Jackie, Freddy, Davy, Hilda, Mary, Alice, and her baby sister, Janie. Gone too soon before her were son Jimmy, who passed during the pandemic, and her grandson, Justin “JT” Ramshur in 2007. It brings comfort to know that they were all waiting to take her home and the signs were everywhere.

She lived the last 6 years at Pleasant Bay of Brewster where she was of course everyone’s favorite. Mama was sharp and kept her sense of humor until the very end and spent her last few days surrounded by her family and friends at Alice and Jeffrey’s home in Harwich with loving attention from Seaside Home Care and Broad Reach Hospice. Though she is gone from our sights she will live on forever in our hearts. She would always say “It is what it is… unless, of course it isn’t” and would laugh that cute little laugh every time. Love you love you, mama. To the moon and back. Rest in the sweetest paradise. You deserve all that heaven has to offer and more.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod. Calling hours will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. As well as a Service at 1:00 pm. Burial will be at a later date.

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