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Corble Estelle Ratliff

Corble Estelle Ratliff, 86, of Marion, died Tuesday, September 18, 2007, at home following a more than two-year illness, and a courageous battle. She was surrounded by her family during her illness and the time of her death.

She was a lifelong homemaker, a very talented quilter and an excellent seamstress, cook and baker. She also enjoyed making something out of nothing, furniture, pots or anything she could find to work on.

She was an avid sports fan, especially for The Ohio State University, where 12 of her children and grandchildren graduated. 

Corble also worked for 12 years at the Pleasant Local Schools. Corble was an avid supporter and one of the founding board members of the Central Ohio Association of the Christian Broadcasters.

She was a longtime member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Marion. She loved gospel music and was the founder of the Ratliff Singers and sang throughout Ohio and surrounding states and made several record releases. Even with all her many interests, her family was first in her life.

She was born August 21, 1921, in Omaha, Va., to the late Johnny C. and Princie (Ball) Dotson, one of six children.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Rufus Ayers Ratliff. They were married September 22, 1938, in Clintwood, Va., and had 4 children born to this union. Reta (Jack) Rutherford of Marion, Carolyn (David) Aiken of Edison, Ayers (Nancy) Ratliff of Wellington, and J.C. (Cindy) Ratliff of Marion; she is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Visitation will be Friday, September 21, 2007, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at T.V. 39 Station at 1282 N. Main St., Marion. Boyd Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for the family. Corble requests no flowers please, all donations go to T.V. 39, 1282 N. Main St., Marion, OH.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 22, 2007, at 10 a.m. at The First Freewill Baptist Church, 1449 Crissinger Road, Marion, with the Rev. Paul Statton, Grover Caudill, and Roger Fletcher officiating. Burial will follow at Caledonia Cemetery in Marion County.

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