Nancy R. Ratchford
April 26, 2017
|Nancy R. Ratchford, 82, of Scranton, died Wednesday at Regional Hospital of Scranton following an illness. She was the widow of Paul M. Ratchford, who died July 13, 2010.
Born May 22, 1934, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Beatrice (Ware) Smith. Nancy was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish in Scranton. Nancy enjoyed singing and writing music, and had an impressive talent for playing the piano. Although being unable to read a single note of music, she had the natural ability of listening to the music and memorizing the keys. Nancy’s passions included her love for poetry and her unique ability to create poems that spoke and resonated with all who had the pleasure of reading them. Another hobby was her love for antiques, in which she attended flea markets and yard sales in search of treasures that she believed were one of a kind.
The most important aspect of Nancy’s life was the love she felt for her family. She had a special relationship with each of her children, and a love for her grandchildren that was incomparable.
Surviving are her daughters, Amy Cole and husband Roy, of Scranton, Margaret “Peggy” Voldenberg and Michael Voldenberg, of Scranton, and Michelle Bloom and husband, Kevin, of Scranton; her son, Paul M. Ratchford Jr., of Sandy Ridge, N.C.; her sister, Lillian Woempner, of Caspian, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Nancy was preceded in death by her siblings Tom, Sally, Emily and Caroline.
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Interment will be conducted privately by Nancy’s family.
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