Ratcliff, Marie Gertrude -
Halfway - Marie Gertrude (Shadwick) Ratcliff age 95, the daughter of Charley Lee and Irene Ethel (Bartram) Shadwick, widow of Glenn Gale Ratcliff to whom she married March 3, 1946.
Preceding her in death her parents; her husband; two brothers: George Lewis, and Ben Bartram Shadwick; a sister Martha Irene (Shadwick) Faust; a grandson John Michael Schleifer; great granddaughter Scarlet Schleifer; a great grandson Jeremiah Glenn Forrest; and a son in-law Phil Schleifer.
Surviving Marie are her two daughters: Carol Schleifer and Reva Bybee and husband Donald all of Halfway, MO; three grandchildren: Lisa Moore and husband Terry of Polk, MO, Matthew Forrest and wife Tracy of Halfway, MO, and Stacy Allen and husband Curt of Halfway, MO; seven great grandchildren: Cameron Hall of Polk, MO, Chase and Cole Allen of Halfway, MO, Kaleb and Gunner Forrest of Halfway, MO, Brooke Moore of Polk, MO, and Reese Moore of Bolivar, MO; as well as many nieces and nephews, other relatives and numerous friends.
Marie was saved December 2, 1939, at home and joined Halfway Missionary Baptist Church, and baptized in Hominy Creek, nineteen were baptized and they had to break the ice to baptize.
As of late Marie was attending Bethlehem church on her farm, of which two of her grandchildren, Lisa and Matthew were saved.
Marie graduated from Halfway High School, worked in K.C., KS at North America Bomber plant until it closed. She was a “Rosie”; a member of the American Rosie the Riveter Assoc. She wanted to join the Army with her two brothers during WWII, but they wouldn’t let her, so she went KC to work at the Bomber plant to do her part and that is where she met Glenn. Glenn wasn’t able to join the Army either so he went to work there to do his part. She later worked as cashier at Southwestern Bell Tel. Company until moving to Halfway, MO, to the farm in 1949. They owned a Flea Market store in Hermitage, MO, of which she ran after Glenn’s death in 1991, until 2015.
Marie loved her family, friends, customers, flowers, garden and animals, but most of all her Heavenly Father who saved her soul!
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Halfway, MO, with Bro.’s Donald Bybee and Stanley McCoy officiating. Burial will follow at Schofield Cemetery. Friends and family may call at their own convenience Friday, May 8, 2020, from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Schofield Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at: www.greenlawnfuneralhom.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pitts Chapel Bolivar, MO.
Greenlawn Funeral Home Bolivar
316 E. Broadway Street
Bolivar, MO 65613