Jack and Family,
Sorry for your loss.
Mrs Ratliff was always a VERY special teacher. I always enjoyed her classes.
To the Ratliff Family,
Your in my Thoughts and Prayers.
We're so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers coming your way.
Cindy and Jerry
She was a very good teacher, I think anyone who had her for math will agree with that. She was a very good friend to my Mother and will be missed by many.
Rachel was an amazing duplicate bridge player and a scoring master! We'll miss her sense of humor, smile and friendship; bridge just won't be the same without her! My sincere condolences to the family - your loss is ours; she was a great lady.
Ruby Calvert, Riverton
The family of Mrs. Ratliff are in my thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Ratliff was one of my favorite teachers in high school.
I have so much gratitude for Mrs. Ratliff's teaching. She expected a lot, but helped to prepare many of us for greater challenges later in life.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you,
Susan Watt Neustrom
I had her for Algebra II and trigonometry in 84 and 85. She seemed so stern and serious and people thought she was a mean ogre. But I had a heads up from my brother that she had a great sense of humor hiding behind her quips and she just wanted us to think for ourselves. It worked and not just for me! High expectations and challenges do not make you feel bad, they give you something to strive for. I talked to her a few years after she retired and besides showing me her real sense of humor, I could tell how brilliantly smart she was. I may have moved away but her teaching will never leave me.
My condolences to all of the family. I remember Mrs. Ratliff fondly. I had her Algebra 2 and Trig back in the 80s. I spent many a morning in her classroom getting extra help before school. I was not cut out for those Math classes, but she passed me out of the kindness of her heart; I think because she knew how hard I worked at it! She certainly challenged us and had high expectations of us. Mrs. Ratliff prepared us for college and beyond! My thoughts are with you at this time.
John, Valerie & Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Rachel had many friends and acquaintances in this community and will not be forgotten.
Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. I remember taking Algebra from her in 8th grade (1965-66) from a yellow paperback book by SMSG (School Math Study Group), but that's not all she taught me. I discovered what a wonderful thing that bright flash of "Aha!" is when you finally grasp the concept that you've been working on, slaving on, perspiring on. She helped me to learn what I could accomplish, that I could push through the barriers that I perceived, that I could think in different ways. Thank you, Mrs. Ratliff, for being there for me.
My deepest sympathy for your loss.
Rachel was a marvelous woman. She was my algebra teacher many years ago. Later when I returned to Riverton, she became a friend. I loved seeing her at PEO. I am sending love and prayers to her family.
Sandy Drury Dirks
It must rewarding for Rachel's family to read the many tributes to her teaching legacy. And like the others, I, too, learned not only how to master the complexities of algebra, but how to utilitize those same thought processes of problem solving throughout life. All problems can be put in equation form...from that format, solutions are borne.
Even as a green teen, one could not help but note her underlying intelligence...yet her professionally stern demeanor was often betrayed by the dancing light in her eyes...when one took the opportunity to seek them out.
Rachel was always kind and gracious when we visited with her in Riverton or in Temple, Tx. while visiting with our sister-in-law Lyn, her daughter, and brother Tom. We are very sorry for the loss to her family, including especially Jack, Barbara, Lyn, Helen, John and grandchildren Rachel, J.C. and Stephanie. You are all in our thoughts.