Obituary For Helen L. Ratliff

Written by on January 3, 2020

Helen L. Ratliff, 77, of Carey, died at 8:00pm on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Birchaven Village in Findlay surrounded by her family.

Born August 4, 1942 in Carey, she was the daughter of the late Walter H. “Wassie” and Lucille M. (Dill) Stansbery. She married Edward Tackett and they were divorced.

Surviving are two daughters: Linda K. Leal and Lisa M. Tong both of Carey, three grandchildren: Phillip Gregory Leal, Todd Edward Saums and Maddie Mae Louise Ritter, 3 great grandchildren: Alexis, Lily and Remi; and three siblings: Phyllis Jean Hickle of Carey, Dennis “Toby” Stansbery of Carey and Margie Logsdon of Carey.

Preceding her in death were three brothers: Michael, James and Charles “Chuck” Stansbery and two sisters: Rosemary Amos and Lorraine Brown.

A 1960 graduate of Wharton High School, she retired in 1984 from Westinghouse Corporation, formerly in Upper Sandusky. She was a member of Crawford United Methodist Church in Crawford and a life member of the VFW 3579 Auxiliary in Carey. She volunteered her time with the Wyandot County Chapter of the Red Cross.

Helen was a true sports fanatic. She loved watching the Carey Blue Devils, Cleveland Browns and OSU Buckeyes. She enjoyed reading, cooking and watching soap operas.

Helen was all about her family. She loved them all, from children and grandchildren, to her siblings and nieces and nephews. Helen was their pillar of strength.

Friends will be received 4 – 7pm on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at STOMBAUGH-BATTON FUNERAL HOME in Carey.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, January 3, 2020 at the funeral home, with Rev. Cynthia Morrison officiating. A private family burial will be at a later date in Spring Grove Cemetery in Carey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carey Athletic Boosters or Dorcas Carey Public Library and sent to Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St. Carey, OH. 43316.

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