An astute Bee reader noticed this week that the paper’s list of memorable deaths in 2012 didn’t include at least one worthy mention: Betty J. Ramacher.
Longtime followers of Fresno County politics might remember Ramacher for her five years on the Board of Supervisors during the 1980s.
Ramacher brought a long resume of community activism and Democrat politicking to the board’s District 3 seat, which represents the diverse central Fresno area.
“There was no question that she was very progressive in her thinking,” said Supervisor Henry Perea, who currently represents the district. “She was a big champion of health care and children’s issues.”
At her home — in Fresno’s Tower District — Ramacher advocated for her son Eric, who was disabled and lived with her until he died at 53.
Before politics, Ramacher worked as a teacher in Caruthers and ran a dress shop in Fig Garden.
She passed in November at 86.
Ramacher’s second child, Mary Mooradian, lives in the area. She is married with four children.