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Ramona D. (Dalton) Wafford

1939 ~ 2021 (age 81)


Ramona Morris Dalton was born on June 29, 1939, in Martinsville, Virginia to the late Rebecca Juanita (Dalton) Yancey and Raymond Patrick Dalton. She was their only child.


Ramona grew up in Chestnut Knob, Virginia. She attended George Washington Carver High School, where she was a cheerleader and wrote for the school newspaper. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Pittsburgh and ultimately Beaver College (now known as Arcadia University).


Ramona began her work career for Spiegel Inc. in Chicago and then transferred to Philadelphia. It was in Philadelphia where she met her husband, the late Cornelius Wafford. They were married in 1965 and were just one year shy of 50 years of marriage when he died in 2014. From this union, they had one daughter, Ivy Melissa “Missy”.


For many years, they resided on Barringer Street in Mount Airy and then moved to Regency Drive in North Wales in 1998. This same year, Ramona retired after 38 years of service as the Spiegel East Coast Center manager in charge of over 700 employees at the Bensalem Order Center. Recently, Ramona moved to Bethesda, Maryland to be with her daughter and family.


Ramona accepted Christ at an early age. She was a member of Holmes Memorial Presbyterian Church in Ridgeway, Virginia. In the mid-1960s, she joined Zion Baptist Church and was an active participant at Zion, including the Young Ambassadors, the Children’s and Youth Choir Parents Auxiliaries, the Women’s Community League, Group 3, and Mr. & Mrs. #7. Ramona also was part of the Deaconess Ministry, accompanying her husband, Deacon Wafford, to visit and minister to the sick and shut-in.


Fittingly, she has said that her favorite scripture was “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer”. (Psalms 19:14)


On Sunday, June 6, 2021, God, in His infinite wisdom, called Ramona home. She leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories for her daughter Ivy Wafford Duke, son-in-law Roberto Duke, and two grandchildren, Ian Nicholas and Ana Victoria. She is also survived by her first cousin/brother-figure Thomas “Tommy” Hilton (Evelyn) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; godson, Keith Hilton (Cheryl) and nephew, Warren Hilton (Jana) both of Lansdale Pennsylvania; many Morris family cousins; and a large extended family of Wafford nieces and nephews; as well as her Zion Baptist Church family, dear neighbors from both Barringer Street and Regency Drive; and many close friends.


With love,

The family


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