Betty Ratchford, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died Saturday at the home of her daughter in Langhorn.
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Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Edward and Helen Goddard Halligan, Betty was a graduate of St. Paul's High School and Wharton School of Business. Before retirement, she was employed as clerk of clerks at William J. Nealon Federal Courthouse. She was a member of St. Paul's Church and its Altar & Rosary Society, Ancient Order of Hibernians and served as president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
Betty enjoyed quilting, traveling and being with family and friends. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be deeply missed.
Surviving are four daughters, Ellen Caggiano and husband, Michael, Throop; Betsy Watkins and husband, Harry, Langhorn; Marie Demkosky and husband, Joseph, Throop; and Diane Tansits and husband, Ron, Jermyn; a son, Marty Ratchford and fiancée, Crystal Rose, Woodbridge, Va,; seven grandchildren, Greg Webber, Erin and Brigid Jennings, Katie Ratchford and Sarah, Megan and Colin Tansits; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Emily Webber; and several nieces and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary O'Hora.
The family would like to thank Mel Pepper, Linda Madrack and Tanya Fredricks for the kindness and compassion they showed Betty.
The funeral will be Thursday at 9 a.m. from the McGoff Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.
Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Philadelphia, Falls Center, 3300 Henry Ave., Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19129.
Huges Funeral Homes
1401 Capouse Ave.
Scranton, PA 18505
Published in Scranton Times on May 5, 2014