Commonwealth Journal


February 27, 2013

Mary Ratliff


Mary M. "Granny" Ratliff, 95 of Somerset, Ky., departed this life on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 
She was born on February 28, 1917 in Whitesburg, Ky., to the late John and Sally Kelly Sexton. She was a housewife. Mrs. Ratliff was of the Baptist faith. Granny will be missed by her family and all of the people whose lives she touched. Her passion in life was her family. She enjoyed spending her time planting flowers and watching birds. Granny's gift in life was that she never met a stranger. Everyone was always welcome in her home for food and fellowship, but her greatest joy in life was serving her
Lord and Savior. Whenever you left Granny, she always blessed you with a beautiful smile and said “God bless you.” She will be sadly missed here on earth, but will be welcomed to her heavenly home with open arms.  
The family would like to thank everyone who held prayer and sent love during our time of difficulty.  Special blessings to the staff at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Fourth Floor Neurological Unit,  Third Floor Special Care Unit and Anjum Iqbal, M.D. for all the special care they gave our grandmother.  
She is survived by a son, Chuck Ratliff of Ecorce, Mich.; a daughter, Jeannie (and Kay) Carrender of Somerset, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, David (and Rosa) Ratliff, Elayna Ratliff, Lee (and Mary Sue) Ratliff, Ragen (and George) Hamilton, Constance (and J.) Willis, Tammi (and Dwayne) Eggen, Melissa (and
Joe) Reed, Penni Ward, David Thompson, and Michelle Thompson; and 14 great-grandchildren, Christopher Ratliff, Thomas Ratliff, Shane Ratliff, Rhys Hamilton, Jessica Hamilton, George Hamilton, Kaleigh Hamilton, Christopher Eggen, Dillon Eggen, Victoria Reed, Riley Reed, Cody Carrender, Mason and Kellie Ward. 
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Henry Ratliff, whom she married on November 13, 1945 in Beattyville, Ky., and who passed away on June 7, 1985; a son, Kenneth Ratliff; five brothers, Johnny, Burnett, Stevie, Cisco and Amale Sexton; and three sisters, Martha Ann Ratliff, Dorothy Sexton and Purlee Thompson.

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  • Viola Nichols

    Viola Keith Nicholas was born Sept. 5, 1921 to the late William and Alice Jones Keith and she departed this life to her eternal home on April 7, 2014, having attained the age of 92 years.
    She was a devoted wife to the late Wesley Nicholas for 50 years. She was a faithful member at Grave Hill Baptist Church where she taught the Ladies Sunday School class for many years. She retired from the Pulaski County Board of Education. After retirement she served as a foster grandparent at Oakwood Training Facility for special needs children. She also volunteered at the Burnside Elementary preschool program, giving her time, talents and love to the 3 and 4 year old children whom she adored.
    Viola is survived by two daughters, Diana (and Austin) Alton, and Tana (and Tom) Chesney; one son, Rex Nicholas; and three brothers, Robert (and Barbara) Keith, Danny (and Ann) Keith, and David (and Ellen) Keith.  
    She was also blessed with many grandchildren and all were special to her.
    Other than her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Wayne Nicholas and Gale Nicholas; two grandsons, Ricky Alton and Michael Nicholas; a granddaughter, Karen Alton Cogdill; and the following siblings: Alicie Super, Emerine Neeley, Mattie Keith, Maggie Godsey, Bertha Duncan, Clara Helton, Otis Keith, Clora Hardwick, Vergie Keith, Grover Keith, Mertie Yeskie, Lowell Keith, Joyce Sellers, Bill Keith, and Jim Keith; and the following step-siblings: Murphy Owens, Geneva Hill, Louise Fritts, and Reva Jones.
    Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Bro. Darry Hatfield and Bro. Doyle Worley officiating.
    Burial will follow in the Grave Hill Cemetery.
    The family of Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas will receive friends at the Pulaski Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to The Grave Hill Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 85, Tateville, Ky. 42558, or Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Ky. 42503.
    Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be in charge of all arrangements for Mrs. Viola Keith Nicholas.

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