Cynthia Joan Ransom
A memorial service for Cortez resident Cynthia Joan Ransom was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at St. Philip Anglican Church.
Joan was born in Sheffield, England, April 8, 1922, she was raised by her parents, John and Eveline, who owned pubs, and her family usually lived above the pub. She had a brother, Geoffrey, and a sister, Sybil. During the war she served in Blackpool, England, as a signal operator with the Royal Air Force. There she met Robert Ransom who was from Texas, they were married in 1945. She became a citizen in 1950 and lived in Texas when they first married and then moved to California for Robert’s work. Everywhere they went they made lifelong friends.
Joan is survived by two children, Christopher, who lives in Virginia with his wife Robin, and Margaret, who live in Cortez with Calvin Hance. She has a grandson, Kevin who lives in Texas.
Joan was very big-hearted and loving. She was a businesswoman after the children were in school owning a gift shop in Springfield, Va. She served many years as a volunteer in hospitals in Virginia and also in California, where they retired in 1984. In Tri-City hospital in Carlsbad, she knitted caps for the pre-mature babies and was a baby cuddler in the neo-natal intensive care unit.
She was an animal lover and always had cats and dogs in her life. She even turned her husband into a cat lover as well as a dog lover.
In 2008 Joan moved to Cortez to live with her daughter and husband Calvin Hance. She enjoyed going to the Community Band with her daughter and was given a tambourine to play and met many wonderful friends. She played in concerts and parades with the band. Margaret and Joan joined St. Philip Anglican Church and made many friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society by going to their website and clicking on the “donate” link or by calling 1-866-720-2676. Or you can donate to the National Cat Protection Society in Spring Valley, Calif., at natcat.org or by calling 1-619-469-8771.
Margaret would like to give thanks to all who supported her during the time her mom was here in Cortez. Special thanks go to Vic and Gail Vanik of Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery who made it possible for Joan to come to work with Margaret when her mother was unable to stay alone and Lisa Pierce of Sears in Cortez who was also supportive of letting Joan come to work there as well. A huge thanks to the people in the Four Corners Community Band who took Mom in and made her one of their own, also a big thanks to all the caregivers who helped especially C.J. and Sylvia of Pasco Home health. All the great people at Vista Grande, there are too many to name. The entire staff was caring and supportive and helpful. Your care and concern was much appreciated. Many thanks to all the folks at Ertel’s for making this an easier process.