Florence Patricia Ramsey, wife, mother, founding member of Toluca Lake Tennis Club


Florence Patricia Ramsey passed away early Thanksgiving morning in Newport Beach at the age of 92. She was born to Alfred Paul and Ita (Lawler) Paul in Los Angeles.

Always a fierce and adventurous spirit, after graduating high school in the early 1940s, she and a girlfriend traveled cross- country to waitress at the vacation resort of Lake George, New York. Later returning to Southern California, Patricia attended Los Angeles Community College during the week and on weekends waited tables at a small coffee shop on the Balboa Peninsula, where she met her future husband Paul Allen Ramsey.

Patricia and Paul married in 1949, and had twin sons the next year, Michael Paul and Patrick.

In the coming years, they renovated and flipped a series of houses in the Hollywood and Toluca Lake areas while Paul was busy growing his real estate firm, the Ramsey Shilling Company.

In the early 1970s, Patricia helped her husband found the Toluca Lake Tennis Club, and at age 50, she learned to play tennis to encourage the social aspects of the club. Patricia loved outdoor sports and was still snow skiing well into her early 70s.

In 1994, Patricia and Paul retired to Newport Beach. In 2001, just for fun, they purchased the Newport Beach Yacht Club adjacent to Balboa Island, and thereafter, also operated for a number of years The Tennis Club at Newport Beach.

Patricia is survived by her two loving sons, Michael Paul Ramsey and Patrick Allen Ramsey; two grandsons, Kyle Ramsey and Spencer Ramsey; one granddaughter, Camille Ramsey; two brothers, Vincent Paul and Robert Paul, and two sisters, Marcella (Paul) Jones and Lucille (Paul) Kelley.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, December 19, 2016, 11am, at St. John Vianney Chapel located at 314 Marine Ave., Balboa Island, California.

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