Mary Mable (Akers) Ratliff went home Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in Grain Valley, Mo.

Mary Mable (Akers) Ratliff went home Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in Grain Valley, Mo.

Mudgie was born on March 10, 1945, in Rolling Bay, Wash., to Bill Jack Akers and Lucy (Rush) Akers. Her daddy gave her the name Mudgie. She had a short 7 months fight with lung cancer. She had married Ethan Ratliff twice, first time on June 4, 1960, until August 23, 1963, and a second time on December 21, 1986, until he went home on February 14, 2009, 22 years of love. She had also been married to Roger Moehlman for 21 years. Mudgie loved everyone. She taught her children how to love and forgive others, how to walk with Jesus. She was a shoulder to a lot of people in this world. You could not walk across her path without feeling loved. She loved country music, Elvis, dancing, sitting around the kitchen table drinking coffee, talking and the casinos. She worked at Easley’s Plastic Co. in Independence. She drove a school bus for Independence from 1972 to 1979. She drove auto parts delivery around the greater Kansas City area from 1979 to 1994. She lived in Independence for 22 years, then moved to Gladstone for 20 years. She lived her last 3 years in Grain Valley with her daughter, Rosemary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ethan Ratliff; her parents; brother, Bill Akers; sisters, Lucille Obanion and Betty Carpenter and Pauline Durand; and her son, Terry Allen Moehlman.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas Akers; daughters, Paula Taylor and her husband, Mark, Carolyn Barnard and her partner, Lonnie Williamson, Rosemary Tibbs and her husband, Charlie, Brenda Moehlman; son, Wayne (Ratliff) Wrisinger and his wife, LouAnna; 17 grandchildren 14 great-grandchildren; ex-husband, Roger Moehlman; lifelong friend, Sissy Blankenship; and too many nieces, nephews, cousins and adopted ones taken in as family members to count.

A celebration of her life will be held at Walker-Nadler Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 South St., Lexington, MO  64067, on Sunday, Oct. 28. The visitation will be fro 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Flowers and Donations to the family will be taken at the funeral home.

The party will be following the cemetery service at Moose Lodge, 2510 Main St., Lexington, Mo. This will be a pot luck, so bring your favorite dish.

 

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