Melinda Sue Ratcliff-Woody
September 08, 1983 ‒ January 28, 2020
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio
MARYSVILLE: Melinda Sue Ratcliff-Woody, age 36, of Marysville and formerly of Mt. Gilead went to be with The Lord Tuesday morning, January 28, 2020 following a pulmonary embolism.
She was born September 8, 1983 in Marion, to Robbie and Heather (Baer) Ratcliff. She graduated from Northmor High School in 2001. Athletic, Melinda played varsity volleyball, travel volleyball; and enjoyed summer softball.
Melinda worked at Woodside Veterinarian Hospital in Marysville.
Raised in the Baptist church, Melinda was active in her youth group and spent many years working in children’s and family ministry alongside numerous churches and para-church organizations. Her passion was family, and she wanted every child to know they were loved and created in the image of God.
She enjoyed traveling, boating and camping, music concerts and sports. Melinda was an avid fan of baseball and football, and knew stats and players better than most men, which she was quick to point out.
A champion of families, she loved being a baseball mom and was well known for founding the Facebook page Marysville Moms in the Know. Her greatest joy in life was being mom to her three boys….and jumping out from behind a door to surprise someone for a laugh. A giving mother, and a thoughtful and generous friend, she never missed a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion.
Melinda will be missed beyond words by her children Jacob Andrew, Owen Kale, and Carter Michael Woody, and their father Andrew Woody of Plain City; parents Robbie and Heather Ratcliff of Mt. Gilead; siblings Chandell and Brent Pfleiderer of Butler and Heath and Sarah Ratcliff of Fredericktown; nieces and nephews Lillian, Landon, Lane and Logan Pfleiderer and Ryder, Rylee and Rhett Ratcliff; grandparents Gloria and Dave Livingston of Johnsville and Barbara and Loyal Shaw of Fredericktown; father-in-law and mother-in-law Mike and Debbie Woody of Crestline; brothers in-law and sisters-in-law Aaron and Kelly Woody of Greensboro, NC, and Amanda and Carl Williams of Winchester, VA; additional nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins including a special cousin Tammy Wetzel.
Preceded in death are grandparents Glenn Ratcliff and Arnold Baer; great grandmother Elizabeth Taffe, uncle Steve Ratcliff and a cousin Jared Baer.
Friends may call Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 4-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a celebration of Melinda’s life will follow at 7 pm. Friends and family are encouraged to come prepared to share a story or memory of inspiration. Burial will be Thursday at 11:30 am in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
Contributions may be made to Snyder Funeral Home.
To read Melinda’s full obituary and view her memorial tribute, please visit:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
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