Mary Ramona Merritt Bartels

Mary (Monie) Ramona

Merritt Bartels

Mary Ramona Merritt Bartels (Monie) was born on Sept. 3, 1917 in Walsenburg, Colo. Her life ended peacefully on May 27, 2009. She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. and the Central Institute for the Deaf, Teachers' Training in St. Louis, Mo. After graduation, she taught at CID for three years. There she met B. Brandt Bartels, who had finished medical school and they were married on Aug. 18, 1941 and they moved to Marysville, Calif., where he served in the Army and she was an Audiologist for the local public schools. They moved to Medford in 1946 to open a medical practice. It was 118 degrees the day the arrived and they have lived here since, except for a three year stay in the Philippines. Under the auspices of the Junior Service League of Medford, Monie established a pre-school for hearing impaired children, emphasizing lip reading and speech. In 1977, they moved to the Philippines. She taught at the Philippine Association for the Deaf and provided teacher training at Philippine University. She also served as president of the U.S. Embassy Women's Club and instituted charities for children there. They returned to Medford in 1980. Monie served on the Board of Directors of the Red Cross, Shakespearean Festival, Southern Oregon College Foundation, AmericanCancerSociety, Rogue Valley Art Association, Hillcrest Cancer Committee, Rogue Valley Medical Center Foundation, Junior Service League and was instrumental in the building of the Cheney Family Place. A long time member of the First Presbyterian Church, she was a Deacon and taught Sunday School for Kindergarten. Her husband, Brandt, preceded her in death in 1994. She is survived by two daughters, Christine Bigham and Kathleen Vance; two sons-in-law, Gary Bigham and Terry Vance; three grandchildren, Mary Bigham, Christine Vance Castle and Brandt Vance; and one great-grandchild, Silas Castle.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances to The Cheney Family Place or the Hillcrest Committee CancerSociety are requested. Memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, date and time to be announced.

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