It is confirmed. She is an official inspiration. Some people say I exaggerate, but I am telling you …. I confirmed it. Ramona Hancock, 20-year employee for the City of Carmel, is a hands down inspiration, and I can prove it.
I already knew she was special, so walking into a room full of people during a party held in her honor did not seem that unusual. But, it was not just a room full of people but a room full of admirers. I was trying to get to the food, but no matter which direction I turned, there was someone eager to exclaim her great qualities.
Take for example Mayor Brainard. He said, “Today is a well deserved day for Ramona to celebrate her 20 years of service to the city. She consistently demonstrated on a daily basis hard work and thoughtful service to the people of Carmel. She will be missed but I wish her well in retirement.”
Thanks mayor, but I have my eye on a piece of that chocolate cake with vanilla icing. Just when I’m ready to score the corner piece with lots of extra frosting, Sandy Stewart and Phyllis Mohs of PrimeLife Enrichment offered a different kind of dessert. “Did you know Ramona is on our board of directors and is a volunteer at PrimeLife?” They went on to tell me about her volunteer activities. “She has been a longtime worker for us, manning the ice cream and water stand at the Wednesday Gazebo Concert Series,” Sandy said. And Phyllis added, “She takes a theme dinner to Anna Weisenberger every week. Anna is 103 years old and looks forward to Ramona’s company.”
But Ramona is best known for her longtime service as secretary to the Plan Commission in the Dept. of Community Services. Mike Hollibaugh has been her boss for all of those years. He said, “She is so nice. That is the story of Ramona. She is willing to help anyone and proved it every day on the job.”
Diana Cordray remembered first meeting Ramona when she was appointed to the BZA by then Mayor Ted Johnson. “She was so helpful and accommodating to me. I was impressed from the start by her knowledge of the city, and we all were more successful because of her.”
It was worth it to go without cake and instead enjoy a rich example of employee perfection. Ramona Hancock is now officially retired but will continue to inspire us through the reputation she leaves behind.