Longtime Jefferson County District Clerk Lolita Ramos passed away Sunday. According to the Broussard's Mortuary website, funeral arrangements for Ramos are pending.
12News learned that Ramos has battled cancer since January and has been in and out of her office. She died at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston around 3 a.m. Sunday.
In 2007 Jefferson County District Clerk Lolita Ramos spoke in support of tougher security measures after a man escaped a federal jail inside the courthouse.
"We've been saying that for 5 or 6 years now. we need to put in security measures," said Ramos.
Her desire to see better protection of her co-workers is perhaps a glimpse of why the people of Jefferson county entrusted her enough to put her in office time and time again.
"People got to love you to do that. And she was well loved," 317th Civil District Court Judge Larry Thorne said of Ramos.
"I used to come in and talk to her about what's going on in the courthouse. solve everybody's problems and talk about the good times," he said.
One of Ramos' first jobs serving the public was with the Travis County Sheriff's Office. She later returned to work in Jefferson County as a bailiff for the 58th District Court.
"And that's where she got interested in politics," Judge Thorne said.
In 1987 Ramos was swore in as the county's first female county clerk and the first woman to win a county office in 50 years.
Ramos left after three terms to work for the City of Beaumont. She returned to the courthouse after running for County District Clerk and winning.
Ramos continued her public duty in spite of battling cancer since January.
"I think everything she brought to the public, to the job and to her friends will be sorely missed," Judge Thorne said.
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