Ramona resident Kim Lasley, who had a passion for helping children and served on the Ramona Unified School Board for more than a decade, died of cancer on Sunday.

Ramona Unified School Board President Daryn Drum said Lasley has demonstrated her dedication to children through many acts of kindness.

Lasley, through the Ramona Rotary Club, provided free dictionaries to Ramona Unified third-grade students, Drum said. Before COVID, she was on school campuses weekly, if not daily, he said, and she was heavily involved with PTAs at Barnett and Ramona Elementary Schools.

Lasley was also known for preparing and catering meals for teachers at various events, he said.

“She advocated for what was best for all the children in the district,” Drum said of Lasley, who served as school board president in 2016. “She was an icon in the community, not just with the school district.”

Ramona’s Unified Superintendent Theresa Grace said Lasley was passionate about supporting vocational technical training courses and the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or NJROTC, program.

She also advocated for the introduction of a second foreign language at Ramona High a few years ago, and that’s when French classes were introduced, Grace said.

“She will be remembered for her kind heart, her commitment to her family and the education of students in our community,” said Grace, who has known Lasley for 15 years.

Board member Dawn Perfect described the news of Lasley’s passing as “shocking and sad”.

“She has always been a strong advocate for children,” Perfect said. “She was passionate about her involvement with the PTA. She was a member of the school district’s PTA for many years. And she really liked feeding people. Producing tasty meals and treats for staff members was one of his favorite activities. »

Going forward, the district school board has the option to fill Lasley’s seat by appointing a replacement within 60 days of his death. If no nomination is made within that time, the county superintendent of schools could call a special election, Grace said. Details of an application process to fill the vacancy will be discussed at the Feb. 10 board meeting, Grace said.

A celebration of life for Lasley is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday January 29 at the Ramona High Football Stadium, 1401 Hanson Lane. Participants are encouraged to wear purple, her favorite color.