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Celebrating the life of
Ernestine Rodgers Ratliff
May 30, 1917 - October 08, 2014
Treasured mother, grandmother and great-grandmother
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 5:00pm - Sunday, October 12, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Rosary
  • 6:30pm - Sunday, October 12, 2014
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Rite of Christian Burial
  • 10:00am - Monday, October 13, 2014
  • St. Anne Catholic Church
  • 2140 Westheimer Road (Map)
    Houston, Texas 77098

  • (713) 526-3276
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Ernestine Rodgers Ratliff, 97, of San Angelo/Houston Texas passed away on the early morning of Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Garden Terrace of Houston. Ernestine was born on May 30, 1917 to George and Victoria Hurtado in Rugby, Colorado. Ernestine was one of eight children in the Hurtado family.
Ernestine married Robert W (Bill) Rodgers January 6, 1941 and had their first child, Mary Ella Seibt, in Colorado later moving to Arkansas. Daughter, Billie Jean Cobb, was born in Arkansas. Bill and Ernestine moved to San Angelo, Texas, where Bill was a railway clerk. They had their other two girls in San Angelo, Susan Papalexandris and Kathy Rodgers.
Ernestine was a devoted Catholic and dedicated to family and career as a nurse. She worked in positions as a bookkeeper and medical secretary. After Bill’s death in 1973 she decided to go back to college to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and become a Registered Nurse. She loved to travel, so took many trips with her daughters and family over her years enjoying wonderful trips across the United States, Canada and to Greece.
Ernestine married Raymond Ratliff on November 24, 1979, in San Angelo, Texas. She was married to Raymond until his death on November 5, 2007. She moved to Houston, Texas, in 2008 to be near two of her daughters where she lived out the remaining years of her life.
Ernestine was preceded in death by her parents Victoria and George Hurtado; siblings, Stella, Rose, Marie, Millie, Helen, and Percy; her husbands, Bill Rodgers and Raymond Ratliff; and her daughter Billie Jean Cobb. Left to cherish her memory are her sister, Dorothy James in Pueblo, Colorado; daughters Mary Ella Seibt and husband Tom in Canyon Country, California, Susan Papalexandris and husband Angelo in Houston, Texas, Kathy Rodgers in Seabrook, Texas, and son-in-law Mel D. Cobb in Ocala, Florida.
Her legacy continues through Grandchildren, Tammy, Jeanine, Teresa, Wayne, Roberta, David, Sarah (Mary Ella’s children), Wesley and Stacie (Billie Jean’s children), Zoe and Billy (Susan’s children); Great-Grandchildren, Marcia, Jacqui, Aimee, Marcus, Jason, Ivy, Dawn, Christian, Amie, Zachary, Thomas, Joshua, Jeremiah, Cassandra, Rebecca, Granite, Brooklyn, Freedom, Naat’aaniibaa’, Ashkii, Tabitha, Eleni, and Victoria; and Great-Great Grandchildren, Landon, Collin, Courtland, Pauline, Geronimo, Ski, Elijah, Chasity, Noah, Triston, Luke, Ayden, Daniel, Abigail, Ella, Dontae, Isaac and Luke.
As written by Teresa, Ernestine’s granddaughter; “You have lived a long and beautiful life, and you've been such a blessing to this family. You were able to dance on the eclipse as you went to be with Jesus, and today, you are young again and walking with grandpa, on the beautiful streets of gold...and oh, how happy Aunt Billie must have been to see you! Each time I look to heaven, I will whisper your name and forever send my love up into the stars.”

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