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Verlia Ratliff, after a nine month battle with cancer, died on March 6, 2013. Verlia was a long-time resident of Roscoe, where she lived with her husband Charles, raised three children, and supported Roscoe Plowboys and Plowgirls through the ages.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Roscoe with Reverend Adam Davis and Scottye Ratliff officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery. A family visitation will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Stephen and Diana Ratliff, Caleb and Julie Wood, Lindsey Ratliff, Kyle and Jenny Childress, Alison Pruett and Austin Steele.
Verlia was born Aug. 9, 1931, in Rusk and moved to Roscoe with her family her senior year of high school. She met Charles Ratliff and the rest is history. She married Charles on July 16, 1949. Verlia and Charles settled in Roscoe and became stalwarts of the community. She worked in the school system and shared her love of reading with so many Roscoe students, supporting and encouraging students to achieve their best. She was always positive and supportive and loved the children as her own. Charles and Verlia were usually the last ones on the dance floor at wedding receptions honoring the couple that were married the longest â€” 63 and a half years. During this timeframe, the memories and achievements are too numerous to list, but there is no question that her family was her most important function in life. Her children, Mike, Larry and Connie, and their spouses, children and grandchildren were her focus in life. She was their nurturer, comforter and biggest fan, giving her all to make her loved oneâ€™s life a better one.
Verlia Ratliff is survived by her husband, Charles; her children and their spouses, Mike and Jolie Ratliff of Austin, Larry and Diane Ratliff of Seguin and Connie and David Drake of Lake Whitney. Verlia is also survived by her grandchildren and their spouses, Stephen and Diana Ratliff of Dallas, Julie and Caleb Wood of Dallas, Lindsey Ratliff of Odessa, Jenny and Kyle Childress of Kyle and Alison Pruett of Waco. In addition, Verlia had the good fortune to love and dote on four great-grandchildren, Carter and Isaac Wood, Landon Evans and Kennedy Childress. Verlia is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Glen Jones of Sweetwater, Etta Barnes of DeSoto, Charlie Jones of Sweetwater and Joy Jones of Leander. She was also aunt Verlia to many nephews and nieces. And Mrs. Ratliff, as she is affectionately known to so many Roscoe students, is also survived by scores of Plowboys and Plowgirls. Verlia was loved by many and will be missed by all.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Roscoe ISD library or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.