Tressie Mae (Brown) Ramsey was born Feb. 3, 1940, to John Jordan “Johnny” Brown and Ollie Mae (Bland) Brown in Eminence, Mo., whom have both preceded her in death. Tressie went to be with the Lord on Feb. 6, 2014, at Willow Care Nursing Home in Willow Springs, Mo., at the age of 74 years and 3 days.

Tressie is survived by her loving husband, Everett Glen Ramsey; her daughter, Tresa Kay Schmidt (Philip) of Ocala, Fla.; and her son, David Glen Sileven (Shirley) of Plano, Texas. She was preceded in death by, but now reunited with, her infant son, Michael Wayne Sileven.

Tressie is survived by her brother, Roy Gene Brown of Pocahontas, Ark.; her sisters, Pauline Gant of Eminence, Mo., and Dessie “Dee” Emmett and Ilene Giddens of Houston, Mo. She was preceded in death by her brother, Cecil Brown who formerly lived in Springfield, Mo.

Tressie is affectionately remembered by her nine grandchildren, Philip Schmidt III, Amanda (Sileven) Flores, Caleb Schmidt, Bethany (Schmidt) Johnson, Michael Sileven, Gilchrist Schmidt, Knox Schmidt, Katherine Schmidt and Emily Sileven. She has the joy of meeting her infant granddaughter, Grace Schmidt, who preceded her. Tressie was blessed with seven great-grandchildren.

She is survived by a host of nephews, nieces, friends and neighbors. Tressie loved many and was loved by many but she had a very special place in her heart for her dearest of friends Lillian Hageman formerly of Ithaca, N.E., and Norma Whiting of Athens, Tenn.

Tressie came to know the Lord when she was a teenager at a community Bible church and was baptized in the Current River near her hometown of Eminence, Mo. Tressie excelled at volleyball while attending Eminence High School. She later attended classes at Hyles-Anderson College in Crown Point, Ind.

Tressie was married to Everett Glen Ramsey on May 18th, 1957. They were married for 56 years. She joyfully served beside Everett as both a pastor’s wife and as his faithful partner in ministry. She enjoyed having the privilege to speak and share with other ladies at churches and Bible camps how important and what a privilege it is to be a Godly wife and mother.

Tressie was known for her love of travel, cooking, gardening and serving others. She had the privilege to travel to many places around the world and was always ready to travel and explore. She frequently expressed appreciation for the beauty and amazement of God’s creation. She was an avid gardener, always tending her flowers or canning fruits and vegetables then entering her items into the county fair.

Tressie loved her neighbors and was always willing to take a meal or a special dessert to someone who was home alone or in need. She frequently lent a helping hand by serving others around her. She was active in the Houston Lions Club.

Tressie especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She made a point to assure them of her love for them and showed a genuine interest in their lives. She made certain that not only family, but friends, neighbors and others knew not only of her love for them but God’s love through her words and deeds.

She was a faithful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, neighbor and servant of God.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Evans Funeral Home. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Evans Funeral Home with Dr. Robert McCurry and Dr. Don Elmore officiating Burial will be in Allen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Philip Schmidt III, Caleb Schmidt, Michael Sileven, Dennis Wilson, Chuck Todd and John Christian.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Faith Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to

Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.


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