Ramona Coughlin Smith

Ramona Coughlin Smith

February 07, 1922 - August 29, 2011

Ramona Coughlin Smith

February 07, 1922 - August 29, 2011



Memorial services for Ramona Smith will be held Friday, September 16 at 10 AM at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Irvine.

The twenty plus year resident of Palos Verdes died on August 30 in Irvine of natural causes.

Ramona Coughlin Smith was born in Brooklyn, New York, and thus, became a lifelong Dodger fan. Ramona has one sister who arrived in the family when Ramona was 17 years old: Leona Griffin lives in Vermont.

Ramona attended Catholic grammar school and graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn.

Ramona expected to become a nurse, bust when she met and married Ludwig Smith she gave up her plans to enter nurses? training. Instead, she went to work in the Kayser Shop in New York so Ludwig could attend college and then law school.

Following his law school graduation Ludwig and Ramona moved to New Jersey where they raised five children, three boys and two girls. They built their dream house in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey where the children attended school and Ramona b ecame active in the PTA.

When Ludwig was invited to become a corporate officer of Litton Industries in Beverly Hills the family moved to California and settled in Palos Verdes Estates. Ramona became active in the Spastic Children’s League and four different PTAs and her husband became Senior Vice-President of Litton Industries. As part of his work, he traveled worldwide. Ramona also enjoyed travel, particularly trips to Europe, Asia, and the Greek Islands.

When the Smiths were divorced Ramona pursued a longstanding interest and studied at the Los Angeles School of Interior Design. She later worked selling real estate in Palos Verdes Estates. When she retired and moved to Costa del Sol in Mission Viejo she became a Hospice volunteer at Saddleback Hospital.

Ramona moved to Regents Point in July 1999. She jointed Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Irvine and became a member of the Legion of Mary Auxilliary. At Regents Point she volunteered in the Country Store, in Sunridge, and for earthquake drills.

Ramona’s interests include reading, dancing, and a lifelong love of the theatre. Previously she enjoyed playing tennis and a little bit of golf and still watches the major tennis and golf tournaments on television. She is an avid sports fan and attended many games of the Dodgers, Angels, and Lakers.

During the time she lived in Mission Viejo, Ramona cared for her first child, daughter Mona Louise, who died of a brain tumor in 1986. Three of the Smith children are Californians and one lives in Oregon. Oldest son, Steven lives in Chico, Paul and Cary live in Orange County., and son Larry lives in Oregon. Ramona has seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Saddleback Hospice.

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4 responses to Ramona Coughlin Smith

  1. Nancy Krosse says:

    My most sincere condolence to you dear Cary. You mother lived a very full life. I had no idea Ramona was such a Dodger fan! So was my mom. Now they can watch “dem bums” from Heaven!

  2. We were so saddened to hear about Ramona. In the short time we met her, she was so kind and inviting. She was a beautiful woman and I know she will be missed. Our sympathy goes out to all the family and friends.
    Rodney, Monica & Grantland Rogers

  3. Maribe, Sue, and I visited Ramona weekly, representing The Legion of Mary, bringing her The Eucharist. She always greeted us with a big smile and hug. She was a lovely person and I will miss her.

  4. Linda Smith says:

    From the first time I met Ramona she accepted me and treated me like family. Soon thereafter I became part of her family. It was clear she loved her two grandsons, Jesse and Drew, and she was always very good to them. She never forgot their birthdays and she always sent something to them for holidays. She was a good mother-in-law and grandmother. I will always think of her and I will always think of her fondly and with love.

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