Esther I. Ratz
SPRINGFIELD – Esther I. Ratz, 86, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
She was born April 2, 1927, the second of eleven children of William and Lydia (Nichols) Black. She married John N. Ratz on April 7, 1946. He preceded her in death in 2004.
Esther was a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she was active in the church Primary, Young Women's Group, Road Shows, Women's Auxiliary, Genealogy and Ward Historian.
She is survived by her sons, David (Deborah) Ratz and Carl E. Ratz; daughters, June Ratz, Carol (Norm) Willis and April (Dave) Durham; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Donald (Judith) Black; sisters, Helen Koehler, Marjorie McGee and Sharon Bright; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation: 4-6 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10 a.m., Friday, April 4, 2014, at Vancil-Murphy Funeral Home. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Visit www.vancilmurphy.com to offer condolences.
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