JoAnn Ratliff

JoAnn Ratliff

December 15, 1933 - July 29, 2018 


JoAnn Ratliff, 84, of Wooster, passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Akron General Medical Center.

She was born December 15, 1933 in Jolo, West Virginia and was the daughter of Harvey and Lula Belle Payne.  She had a deep faith in God, had been a homemaker and a loving and protective mother.  JoAnn enjoyed reading and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed simple things, lived life on her own terms, gave more than she received and left amazing memories with all who knew her.

Surviving are her children, Alan (Laurie) Ratliff, Lionel (Erika) Ratliff and Bernadine Russell (George Shopbell all of Wooster; grandchildren, Amanda (Derek) Schmid, Jennifer Ratliff and Caitlin Ratliff, Raymond Russell and Charles Russell and a brother, Thurman Roscoe (Carmia) Payne.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mitchell Ratliff, sons, Wendell Ratliff and Dwayne Ratliff; brothers, Raymond, Harvey, Jr. and Frank and a sister, Edith.

Private family services will be held.  There will be no calling hours.  Murray Funeral Home, 173 S. Main St., Creston, OH is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be left for the family at  The family would like to extend special thanks to the ER staffs at Wooster Community Hospital and Akron General Hospital. 

To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left. 

Name: Vicki Matheny

My sincerest sympathies to Bernie and her family.  I did not know your mother personally, but I know how much you loved her and how you lovingly cared for her.  You are all in my prayers.   Vicki


Name: Joanne Kristoff

So sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you hoping that family and memories will ease your grief.


Name: Mike Amstutz

So sorry to read about the passing of your grandmother. It is always hard to lose someone that special in your life.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!  Mike and Bev Amstutz 



Name: Lynne Thomas

My deepest sympathy to the Ratliff family on the loss of your Mother, Grandmother and sister. May you find condolence and inspiration always in how she lived her life.



Name: Eva jones

No time on earth is long enough to share with those we love or prepare us to say goodbye, but time will soften the pain LEAVING memories to treasure.  I'm sending a hug to BERNIE and her family


Name: Thomas Gretchko

I would like to express my sadness and condolences to JoAnn's Family and friends.  She will be missed.



Name: Lynn Leffew

Joann was a precious childhood friend of my Mother, CHLOE LEFFEW, they talked on the phone just about everyday. She will truly be missed. Our condolences to her family. Love and Prayers from
CHLOE, Lynn, and Jackie


Name: SMouton

To The Ratliff Family, You have my deepest condolences. May happy memories of your love one and the words of Jesus Christ at, John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:3,4 provide you with much comfort at this time of such great loss.



Name: Jeanette Robison

Sadly we have never had the opportunity to meet JoAnn.  We do however know her two sons and from knowing them we are  sure she was a powerful influence on them both. She raised two nice, thoughtful, and kind men.  So sorry Alan and Lionel for the loss of your mother.  Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. 

Ed and Jeanette Robison


Name: Wilda Hicks Smith-Looney

To the family of JoAnn Payne Ratliff , JoAnn was a a friend of my mothers , Tora Hicks , from childhood , after my mother's death , she keep up with us , called me several times a year and called my sister Lucinda often, she was precious and always spoke of her children with PRIDE , she loved to tell me how they were and what they had accomplished in life , I remember Lionel , Doyle , and Berinidine , when they were small ,before they moved to Ohio , so I have great memories of her and may God Bless U all (especially her children) in this sad time , all who meet JoAnn knew how precious she was . 



Name: Dayton Reusser

JoAnn welcomed me into her home many times as Wendell's friend and one last time to grieve with her when he passed. It's sad to hear she is gone but comforting to know she is with the boys once again. My condolences to Alan, Lionel, Bernadine and your entire family. 



Name: Mary Jo Gambert

Dear Bernie,  So sorry to hear about your mom's  passing.  Condolences to you and your family.   Love you  Mary Jo


Name: Joeletta (Breeden) Akemon

M sincere condolences to the entire family. I was sad to hear the news. Joann and I still talked time to time. She was a great friend to my mom and they both are in heaven now. My thoughts & prayers are with you all for comfort, strength and peace during your time of grief.








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