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Frances (Basque) Ratliff (1923 - 2014)

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Frances Ratliff, 90, of Rosedale Street, Carlsbad, NM, passed away on May 15, 2014,
at her home. Cremation has taken place and Celebration of Life Memorial will be
held at 10 a.m. at Denton-Wood Funeral Home, Monday, June 30, 2014. Denton-Wood
Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Frances was born on December 3, 1923, in Ola'a, Hawaii, since renamed Keaau, to
Edon and Virginia Basque. She was the last of six sisters and three brothers. Frances married Carl Ratliff in Hawaii in 1944 and moved to McAllister, Oklahoma, then to Carlsbad.
She had a full life riding motorcycles with Carl and raising four children and enjoying her grandchildren. Frances was a devoted friend and was loved by all who met her. She held many positions as a Doe with the B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 1558 and Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority. Frances worked many years for Carlsbad Municipal Schools in the snack room.
She was preceded in death by husband, Carl Ratliff Sr. and grandson, Clint Ingram.
Survivors are her children: Carl "Jim" Ratliff and wife, Elizabeth, of Albuquerque, NM, Ginger Vaughn of Albuquerque, NM, Cheryl Ratliff of Carlsbad, NM, and Michael Ratliff of Carlsbad, NM; 10 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and numerous nieces
and nephews.
Condolences may be expressed at
Funeral Home
Denton-Wood Funeral Home
1001 North Canal Street Carlsbad, NM 88220
(575) 885-6363
Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus on June 29, 2014
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