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Onamae Ratcliff-Dechert

Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Onamae Ratcliff-Dechert

ATWOOD -- Onamae Ratcliff-Dechert, 93, died Monday (Dec. 10, 2001) at the Good Samaritan Center in Atwood.

She was born June 3, 1908, at Yakima, Wash., to Charles Edgar and Margaret Mae (Biddle) Minnick.

In 1928, she married Dewey J. Ratcliff. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 1980.

In 1986, she married Henry Vergil Dechert. He preceded her in death on Oct. 20, 1995.

She owned Ratcliff Real Estate Agency.

She was a member of the Atwood United Methodist Church, Atwood Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow, served in official capacity in Nation Federation of Music Clubs, was a charter member and former president of the Western Plains Arts Association, and was a member of PEO. She was instrumental in the formation of the Atwood City Library and the Atwood Girl Scouts where she served as leader for more than 50 years. She also helped organize the Atwood Music and Drama Club, and was a member and had served as an officer in many other local, state and international organizations.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and both husbands.

Survivors include two daughters, Anne J. Ratcliff Schalker of Roseville, Minn., and Jane E. Ratcliff of El Paso, Texas; two step-daughters, Janet Williams and Nancy Dechert; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Services will be Saturday, 11 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Atwood with the Rev. Wayne Stephens officiating, and the Rev. Allen Hoger speaking. Interment will be at the Atwood Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Brantley Funeral Home of Atwood.

Memorials may be given in her name to the Atwood Music and Drama Club, or to the Atwood City Library.

Brantley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.