A Loving Tribute

Ramona Pauline Good

September 27, 1929 – September 6, 2023
Submitted by Jeanine Chinn


Psalms 19:14 NIV: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock, and my Redeemer.”

Ramona Pauline Good passed away on September 6, 2023, at age ninety-three. 

Ramona Pauline Larabee was born in Eastland, Texas, on September 27, 1929, the only child of Dennis T. and Irene (Patterson) Larabee. She was raised in Anderson, Indiana. Both parents attended Anderson College, a Bible training school. There was never any doubt that Ramona would also attend Anderson College, the headquarters for the Church of God. It was there that Ramona met Phil Good, a Church of God boy from Merino, Colorado. The couple married in 1949 and moved to Greeley, Colorado, where Phil completed his teaching degree in science.

In the fall of 1954, Phil applied for a teaching position at Montrose High School, where he taught for the next 36 years. Phil and Ramona had five children: Janice, Carol, Jeanine, Paul, and Neil.

Music played a special role in Ramona’s life, and as a child, she played the accordion for solos and in a little band that performed for PTA’s and other community events. She contributed to the Valley Symphony Orchestra where her children, Paul, and Carol, were part of the orchestra for many years. Ramona was a homemaker, putting her education on hold until she learned she was about to lose her credits. She began picking up credits here and there, and in 1970, at age 40, she finally got her degree. 

Phil and Ramona belonged to the Montrose Christian Church and celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary there in September of 1994, just weeks before Phil passed away from multiple myeloma. Over the years, Ramona taught Sunday School and VBS, participated in prayer chains, and helped with funeral dinners. Her other ministry was to the elderly. She was a caregiver and was pleased that her daughters followed her example by serving others. Ramona was a 24/7 nurse to Phil for four ½ years after his cancer diagnosis. Following that, she moved her mother to Montrose from Florida and cared for her until her death ten years later, at age 98. Ramona was a Montrose County resident for 69 years.

Ramona’s parents predeceased her, and her husband Phil, son-in-law Tom Franklin, and two grandsons, Pierre Gagnon and Ryan Paul Good. Ramona is survived by her five children, Janice (Christian) Gagnon-AU, Carol Franklin-CO, Jeanine (Tom) Chinn-CO, Paul (Christine) Good-OH, and Neil (Cindy) Good-OK. Grandchildren: Joe (Jodie) Chinn-CO, Eric Chinn-CO, Priscilla (Tom) Stevens-AU, Aquila (Donna) Gagnon-AU, John Gagnon-AU, Andrew Gagnon-AU, Susanna Gagnon-AU, Marianne Gagnon (Lloyd Thomas)-AU, Joanna Gagnon-AU, Christina Werner-CO, TJ (Melissa) Franklin-WY, Tammy (Lee) Marks-KY, Amber (Aaron) Miller-MT, Tahnee Warf (Jeromy Wilhelm)-OH, Andrea (Chris) Sonntag-AR, Arlisa Good-OK and Tanner (Trinity) Good-OK, 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great granddaughters and three great-great grandsons.

We appreciate HopeWest deeply for the compassionate care given to Ramona in the last days of her life. Services are postponed until a future time when the family can gather to honor Ramona’s life. The family encourages memorial contributions be made to the Valley Symphony Association in Montrose, Colorado, or HopeWest Hospice Care at hopewestco.org.



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