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Lena Faye Ratliff

April 27, 1933 — September 17, 2023

Sparland

Lena Faye Ratliff, age 90, of Sparland, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at Apostolic Christian Skylines in Peoria.

Faye was born on April 27, 1933 in Chillicothe, IL to Lewis Calvin and Ethel Thelma (Parsons) Barge. She married John W. “Bill” Ratliff on February 22, 1950 and he preceded her in death on February 22, 2019.  They were married for 69 years.  Also preceding her in death are her parents and her sister, Jane Spillman.

Surviving are her children, John R. “Bob” (Renee) Ratliff and David (Ellen Tabor) Ratliff, both of Chillicothe, IL and C. Diane (Gary) Grebner of Metamora, IL; her grandchildren, Wendy Hart, Jeff Ratliff, Kristina (Stephen) Rauh, Derek Grebner, Ashlie (Sean Art) Ratliff and Amanda (Josh) Biggar; eight great-grandchildren; her brother, Tom (Bettie) Spillman of East Peoria, IL; and her sister-in-law, Marilyn Longman.

Faye was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a Sparland Grade School room mother, when her children were young, youth group leader and Sunday school teacher and she sang in the choir.  She was also a farm wife.  Faye enjoyed cooking, reading and her monthly pinochle card club.  But, most of all, she enjoyed traveling to the county fairs to watch her children show livestock and her grandchildren play sports.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023 from 10am to 11am at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe.  A graveside service will immediately follow at Chillicothe City Cemetery.  Rev. Ron Martz will officiate.  Memorials in her name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Midland FFA. 

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