Shawn Marie Ramon leaves behind a loving husband and two young boys, as well as her fellow Wichita County employees, who were more like family.
“She was very dedicated, very sharp, very witty, could cut me off at my knees,” Wichita County Tax Assessor/Collector Tommy Smyth said.
Smyth was Shawn Marie Ramon’s boss and says it didn’t take him anytime to recognize all of these outstanding qualities in the young lady.
“I told her very early on, I said, I’ve got plans for you,” Smyth said.
Smyth says that’s because Ramon could do it all, and although she was only 30-years-old, she had already dedicated 10 years to the county.
He says that’s why she was the perfect person for a big promotion, back in January.
“I kind of used her for a model for our other staff to look at because she had really done a lot of good work for the county in a relatively short amount of time,” Smyth said.
He says in addition to being a model employee, Ramon was also a devoted wife to her husband Joe and always enjoyed talking about her two growing boys.
“The big thing on Monday morning was come in and say over the weekend, Shawn you sure put up some good pictures of the boys and she would just grin and talk about a baseball game or soccer game,” Smyth said.
He went on to say you never know when those office chats will be the last, as Friday afternoon Ramon headed out for a quick break, and never returned. He says his team of employees is devastated.
“They are not handling it well at all,” Smyth said. “We are very close, our office, 27 of us and we are a family and it is a sense of numbness, I think probably the real grief is yet to come.”
That’s why those employees will not be reporting to work on Monday, so they can take time to grieve the loss of a life taken far too soon.
This loss is impacting so many downtown and beyond, as Ramon was a second generation employee of the county. Her mother just retired a few months ago.
County employees are in the process of coming up with a way to help Ramon’s family during this very difficult time. We will be sure to pass on those details, as soon as they become available.