September 27, 1958 – October 23, 2022
Tammy Jo Ramey-Heck, 64, loving wife and mother, unexpectedly entered the spirit world on Sunday October 23, 2022. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, October 28, 2022 at 11 a.m. at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids. MN. Rev. Eugene Doyle will officiate. The visit will be held Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sauk Rapids Funeral Home at 324 Second Avenue South.
Tammy Jo Ramey was born on September 27, 1958 in Long Beach, California to Arlene Thomas-Ramey and James Ramey, a Navy family from Fort Yates, North Dakota. She is a registered citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Her Lakota name Wicahpi Waste Winyan translates to Pretty Star Woman.
The Ramey family returned to North Dakota from Guam in 1971. Tammy graduated from Fort Yates High School in 1977 as a class salutator. She earned a degree in radiation therapy from the Q&R Clinic/Bismarck Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in 1982, which led to a long career as a radiation therapist. Later she was certified as a Licensed Radiation Therapist (RT) and served patients in hospitals in Rapid City, SD; Fort Yates, Minot and Bismarck, ND; and St Cloud, MN. She retired in 2018 with more than 30 years of service at St. Cloud Hospital and Coborn Cancer Center.
Tammy married Keith Heck on October 6, 1984 in Mandan, ND. The couple moved to Sauk Rapids and raised two sons. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids. Tammy always put the needs of others first and made sure they were taken care of. She was outgoing and made many friends wherever she went. She enjoyed summers in Minnesota, the Florida sun and walking the dogs: Shadow, Pedro and Oshie. She was a fan of country music; She loved reading and being surrounded by her family. She will be remembered and cherished for her generous spirit and loving nature and enthusiasm for having fun.
Tammy is survived by her husband Keith of Punta Gorda, FL; sons Taylor (Aimee Green) of Lawton, OK and Zachary of Shoreview, MN; mother, Arlene Ramey of Sartell, MN; and Sisters Joanie Ramey-Neumann (Dennis) of Bismarck, ND and Margaret Ramey-Claymore (Gus) of Alexandria, MN; nieces, Andrea (Jim) Polk of Bismarck, ND, Jamie (Lance) Gomez of Encinitas, CA, James (Jenny) Miller of Lakeville, MN, and Severyn Claymore of Arvada, CO; and five great-nieces and six great-nephews. Her father James preceded her in death; paternal grandparents Clara Zahn-Ramey and Jack Ramey; and maternal grandparents Margaret Taylor-Thomas and Frank Thomas.