Paula Sue Ratliff was born to George Henry and Esterlene Turner Ratliff on March 17, 1960, in Lubbock, Texas. She concluded her journey on January 13, 2023, at her home in Amarillo, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her father, George H. Ratliff, who passd in 1996; mother, Esterlene Ratliff, who passed in 2001; and her oldest sister, Gloria Louise Ratliff, who passed in 2008.
She attended Floydada High School and graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1979. She started her Christian journey at
Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. She frequently attended Victory Life Baptist Church and was also a member of Trinity Fellowship Church. While residing in Floydada, Texas, she worked at Andrew Ward School in the physical education department where she was a positive influence in the lives of many children.
She moved to Amarillo, Texas, in 1992 where she worked as a bookkeeper at Flying J. Once she left her employment at Flying J, she fully devoted herself to sowing seeds into the lives of others, which she lovingly did until she departed this life. Paula loved family and lived her life to the fullest. In 2015, she was diagnosed with cancer and given only two months to live.
With God, she overcame that battle and we were blessed to have her for more than six additional years. She was relentless, and
despite her circumstances, she always rose above her battle with cancer to share herself and her life with others. She found joy in playing games with family, watching movies, and encouraging and supporting young mothers by taking them to church with her. At times she even took them into her home to help them. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandkids and family. She loved sharing the word of the Lord with anyone who would listen.
Paula leaves to cherish her remarkable life: her two daughters, Elexcia (Arthur) Jordan of Rosharon, TX, and Errika (AJ) Johnson of Amarillo, TX; son, Earseenio Ratliff of Amarillo, TX; two brothers, Elton (Lela) Ratliff and Kelvin (Donna) Ratliff, both of Lubbock, TX; sister, Rhonda Gentry of Lubbock, TX; two half-sisters, Kocrist Taylor of Floydada, TX, and Tamisha Garcia of Lubbock, TX; five grandchildren; six great-nieces; four great-nephews; and a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, adopted kids, grandchildren and numerous other caring relatives and friends who adored her dearly and will miss her and her loving spirit.
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