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Ratliff, Gail

d. January 20, 2015

Gail Ratliff, age 66, of Cantrall, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She is survived by her husband, David; a daughter, Trisha Ratliff of Athens; a son, Brian (Dawn) Ratliff of Athens; five grandchildren, Melissa, Katlyn, Brady Ratliff, Amber Monson, and Mackenzie Ratliff; her parents, Charles and Catherine Phelps; her dogs, Kasey and Aggie.

She is preceded in death by a son, Timothy Michael.

Gail was born August 23, 1948 in Springfield, IL, the daughter of Herrin and Catherine (Moore) Zellers.

She was a technician for several doctors, and Vision Care Associates, in the Springfield area. Gail cherished the role of caregiver to her children and her animals.

She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Springfield in 1966.

Gail enjoyed camping and spending quality time with family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home, in Athens, IL.

Funeral services will be held on 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL.

Fr. Tom Holinga will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.

Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association.


  1. Dave, Trisha and Brian. I am so sorry for your loss… I just Loved Gail and will miss her so much…. When I worked with her at Vision Care I could always count on her to help me with whatever it was that I needed. She had a huge heart and a lot of love for her family…. Gail is definitely going to be missed by so many. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Brian and family. Sorry for the loss of your Mother. We only met her a few times and she was very nice. Our prayers are with you and yours.

    Jim & Connie Ferguson

  3. Dear Dave, Trisha and Brian..I just learned about Gail yesterday. I am just devastated that I didn’t know sooner. Please know how my heart is just broken for your sad loss. Gail was just such a unique Beautiful lady. I can’t imagine anyone who met her not to love her. I visited her at VCA as a salesrep and always looked forward to meeting with such a positive lovely person! We both love our pets so much and lost a few over the years and a big cry together. She will be so very missed. Love, Carol Embrey

  4. So sad to hear about Gail’s passing. We enjoyed her company, whether eating pizza or camping.

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