Cora Jewel Ratliff

Cora Jewel Ratliff, 98, of Mt. Vernon died 9:15 pm Dec. 8. 1997, at 
her residence. She was a school teacher, farm wife, mother, grandma, 
great-grandma and friend.
Mrs. Ratliff was born Feb. 10, 1899, in Jefferson County, a daughter 
of Albert J. and Agnes (Vaughn) Carpenter. July 20, 1920, in Mt. Vernon, 
she married Richard M. Ratliff, who preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1974.
Services will be 1 pm Monday at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix with 
Jonathan Schnautz and Arnold Peterson officiating.  Burial will be in 
Hopewell Cemetery. Friends may call after 5 pm Sunday at the Osborn Funeral 
Home in Dix.

Mrs. Ratliff is survived by one daughter, Evelyn Cassel of Mt. Vernon; 
three grandchildren, Vida Price and Husband Jack of Girard, Barbara Gillespie 
of Murphysboro and Bill Cassel and wife Gloria of Port St. John, Fla.; Six 
great-grandchildren, Michael Price, Brandy Price, Laura Gillespie, Leah Gillespie, 
Richard Cassel and Karen Cassel.
Mrs. Ratliff was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Roy Carpenter 
and Earl Carpenter; two sisters, Dorothy Williams and Ruth Johnson; and one infant son.

She was the oldest living member at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  She graduated 
from Forest Hill Grade School and Southern Illinois Normal at Carbondale. She was 
a member of the  Home Bureau for many years.

For those who wish memorials may be made to the Home Health of Good Samaritan 
Regional Health Center and will be received at the funeral home.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: Dec. 10, 1997
Submitted by: Ken Richardson

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