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Rachel O. Ratliff

Mar 13, 2012 Staff

Rachel O. Ratliff, 83, died Saturday, March 10, 2012, at her home in Riverton.

Memorial services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton with the Rev. Melinda Bobo officiating. Cremation will take place with inurnment Wednesday. Committal rites at the cemetery will be by the P.E.O. Chapter AP and American Legion Auxiliary.

Viewing is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Rachel Oliver was born June 8, 1928, in Newcastle, the daughter of John Earl Oliver and Helen (Miller) Oliver.

She graduated as valedictorian from Newcastle High School and attended the University of Wyoming where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. She also studied at Columbia University in New York and the University of Maryland in College Park.

She married Jack Charles Ratliff on Feb. 23, 1952, in Newcastle.

She lived in Newcastle from 1928 until 1952, moving to Riverton in 1952, living first at 515 E. Madison Ave., then 222 S. Broadway Ave., and finally at 3815 Spy Glass Point.

Mrs. Ratliff was a high school mathematics teacher, teaching at Fremont County Vocational High School in Lander from 1949 to 1951 and Riverton High School from 1959 to 1988.

She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, serving as organist and choir director.

Mrs. Ratliff was a member of the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Education, a member of P.E.O. for 66 years, including a charter member of Chapter AP since 1973, a member of the Daughters of the Nile, Jobs Daughters where she was a Past Honored Queen and Past Guardian, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Ladies Golf Association where she conducted the parimutual for the Saltwater Open tournament, the Riverton Country Club, the Tuesday Bridge Club, the Thursday Morning Bridge Club and the Barbershop Quartet.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Ratliff of Riverton; a son, John Alfred Ratliff and his wife Valorie of Riverton; daughters Barbara Lee Ratliff of Williamsport, Pa., Lyn Elizabeth Miller and husband Tom of Temple, Texas, and Helen Irene Ratliff of Temple, Texas; three grandchildren, Rachel Ratliff, J.C. Miller and Stephanie Ratliff; one great-grandchild, Justice Kramer; two brothers, John Oliver of Austin, Texas, and William Oliver of Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and John Oliver, and parents-in-law, Fred and Mildred Ratliff.

Memorials may be made to Cottey College to purchase a memory brick through Chapter AP, P.E.O., in care of Martha Lange 316 S. Third East or a charity of the donor's choice in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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