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    Sue Carol Ratzlaff, age 76, of Lamar, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

     Sue was born March 30, 1941, in Kansas City, Missouri, the second of the four daughters of the late Gordon and Edna (Martin) Boyer.  Moving to Lamar with her family in 1943, she graduated from Lamar High School in 1959.  On February 12, 1962, in Miami, Oklahoma, Sue married her high school sweetheart, Gary Ratzlaff. In 1963, she completed nurses training in Denver, Colorado and began a 35-year career as a registered nurse. Sue first worked at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas and Stormont Vail in Topeka, Kansas while Gary was earning a law degree.  After moving back to Lamar, she was Dr. Bickel’s nurse at the Lamar Clinic for many years before concluding her career back at Mt. Carmel Hospital.

     In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Sue was an avid reader, enjoyed playing bridge, and looked forward to the fellowship of family and friends.  The St. Louis Cardinals were her favorite summer pastime; come fall, it was all about MU and Lamar Tigers football.  Sue was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church.

     Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Gary; a daughter, Sherri Monday, Greenwood, Missouri; a son, Michael Ratzlaff, Seattle, Washington; two grandsons, Nathan Pickering, Stillwater, Oklahoma and Hunter Pickering, Greenwood, Missouri; three sisters, Ann Byrom, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Kay Harlin, Joplin, Missouri, and Julie Boyer, Atlanta, Georgia; a sister-in-law, Marsha Harkrader, Appleton City, Missouri; two nephews and four nieces.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 1st, at Daniel Funeral Home with Dr. Mark Turnbough officiating.  Burial will follow in Lake Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Barton County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

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Diana Ryan  - Oronogo, MO   |2017-05-29 19:36:50
Gary, I'm so sorry for your loss! I will keep you, Sherri & Mike in my prayers.
Pooch   |2017-05-30 13:55:02
Condolences to you and the family.
Man-o-man, so many teenage memories, usually
driving Gordon crazy.
Chuck Lines  - Fort Worth, Texas   |2017-05-30 16:04:54

I was shocked when I read today of Sue's passing. I am so sorry for your
loss and for the family's loss. It is very difficult for me to express my
feelings as I am really in shock. I did not know that Sue had been ill and I was
not notified of her passing. Gary, I am so sorry for everyone and will be
praying for all of you. Our love to everyone.

Chuck & Fran Lines
Janet Dermott   |2017-05-30 16:46:32
I am just so saddened & shocked by Sue's passing. I last saw her on Monday 5/15
& we had a great visit. Such a wonderful, kind, giving, intelligent & fun woman.
I will truly miss her as the tears in the heart are hard to express - My
prayers & thoughts are with you all.
Kathi Jones  - Appleton City Mo   |2017-05-30 20:12:39
So sorry for your loss.
May memories comfort you and
give you peace in the
days ahead.
Kimala Dodson  - Olathe, KS   |2017-05-31 09:56:21
I remember every time I visited the home in my childhood with Sherri I would
find my impression of Sue was as an elegant and striking woman. I'd look for
her picture first when looking at past fair queens. May your warm memories
comfort you in this difficult time.
Kent Harris  - Lamar   |2017-05-31 10:50:56
Although we are only a few blocks away we rarely saw Sue, but Debbie and I are
sorry to hear of the Ratzlaff family loss. She raised a great family who will
miss her very much. May The LORD be with each of them during this difficult
Bob Fry  - St. Louis, Missouri   |2017-05-31 22:39:06
So many memories.... grade school, high school, and decades of class reunions.
Sue was such a happy, smiling, vibrant person throughout all those years. We are
better for knowing her. It makes me so sad that she is gone.
Gary, my thoughts
are with you.
Tom and Gale Main  - Lamar, MO   |2017-06-01 09:28:22
So very sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed time spent with Sue while
working out together at Curves. We talked about you and your biking trips, your
kids, Pumpkin and the St. Louis Cardinals. She was a delight.
Please know we
will be keeping all of you in our prayers.
James and Mary Jo Nichols  - Lamar, MO   |2017-06-02 07:43:54
Gary and family, We are so very sorry about your loss. Prayers for your heart
to be comforted in some way.
Gayle Monroe  - Oronogo, Missouri   |2017-06-02 12:37:16
Gary and family
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all. Sue was a
wonderful person she will be so missed.
I worked with her at Mt. Carmel she was
an awesome nurse taught me so much.
her patients loved her.
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