Ramona Joyce Thompson

Ramona Thompson lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on March 10, 2012. No one had more zest for life, devotion to her family, or determination to help every ‘brother and sister of pawn’ that she met.

On March 13, 2012, the Kentucky Senate passed a resolution and adjourned, “in honor and loving memory of Ramona Joyce Thompson.”

Ramona was born in Scottsburg, Indiana on January 1, 1943 and graduated from New Washington High School in 1960. After retiring from the United States Census Bureau, she embarked on a new career at the side of her husband, Bill Thompson, as the owner and operator of Bill’s Pawn and Jewelry in Louisville. In Bill’s words, “she was a great pawnbroker, but when she became involved in legislation the gleam in her eyes never dimmed.”

For over 20 years, Ramona served as President of the Kentucky Pawn Brokers Association and a board member of the National Pawnbrokers Association.  She also sat at the unofficial head of the table of the ‘women of pawn’.

Ramona is survived by her husband and best friend, Bill, four children, Joe, Pamela, Kelli & Mona, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. In Lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Hosparus of Southern Indiana or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at www.kraftfuneralservice.net.