Melinda Sue Ratcliff-Woody

September 08, 1983 ‒ January 28, 2020

Marysville, Ohio
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.

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  • I am so sorry for your loss, Chandell, Heath, Rob, Heather & the rest of the family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time <3

  • I was saddened to learn of Melinda’s passing. Her family and friends are in my prayers. I know those close to her will keep her spirit alive. I know her sweet spirit will live on.

  • So sorry for your loss😔 In school I remember Melinda always having a smile on her face and she was the sweetest girl I knew! Praying for you all during this difficult time.

  • Heather so sorry for your loss , another angel went home to be with the lord ! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  • I’m so sorry for the families loss and thinking of you all. Melinda was a schoolmate and friend you could count on for advice and cheering each other up. She will be missed.

  • The world lost a great person. Even though I haven’t seen her in the many years since we graduated school, I can only remember Melinda as a sweet person & great role model. My heart goes out to her sons, as well as, the rest of her family.

  • She was an amazing and sweet person. I will always remember when we were kids and swimming at Jellystone. My heart goes out to her family. May she rest in peace and love.

  • I am sorry and deeply saddened by your family’s tremendous loss. Please know you are being held close in thought and prayer during this painfully difficult time. Sending heartfelt condolences and many hugs for all. 💔

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Melinda! Heather and Rob May the Lord carry you and the family during this hurting time! Lifting the boys up in prayer as well… love you guys.

  • My sympathy,and condolences to Melinda’s family. She was a sweet girl,and will be remembered dearly. I’m praying for comfort for you all during this time of greif,and sadness. Gone but NEVER forgotten. Rip Melinda

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We can not imagine the heartache with the loss of a child. God needed another special angel and he called Malinda home. Praying for all of you at this difficult time. We love you all.

  • Pastor Rob and Heather,
    How our hearts break for you and for Melinda’s family. What a sudden tragic loss. We all joined in prayer today for you at the Food Bank Outreach. We love you and we will continue to lift you all up in prayer in the days ahead. May the Great Comforter tuck you all under His mighty wings and cover you with His feathers. May you find peace, help and strength as we bring you before the throne often, our dear brother and sister.
    Praise God for the promise that one day He will wipe every tear from our eyes and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. Revelation 21:4

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I always knew Melinda as Katie’s super nice cousin at Northmor, and enjoyed playing sports with her. Sending sincere condolences to Melinda’s family.

  • I can’t express how sorry I am for all of your loss. My thoughts and prayers for all of you!!

  • No words can say what the heart feels at times like this. Just know I am with you all in my spirit. Melinda was a very special part of our lives and we loved her as she loved us. My prayers are with you today and the days to come. With love Aunt Jane

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Melinda was such a sweet young lady. No words can express what you are all feeling right now but my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dearest Heather and Robbie& family, our deepest heartfelt prayers and condolences. The Lord has taken a beautiful spirit home. Ya’ll will be in our hearts and prayers, God bless 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Rob, Heather, Chandell, and Heath and family, My heart hurts so much for your loss. Melinda was such a beautiful soul. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Her boys are going to need all of you more than ever. God bless you all.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Melinda’s passing! She was a dear friend and an amazing encouragement to me in my faith. She will be missed beyond words!

  • I am deeply sorry. Melinda was a good friend that alway had a smile and made time to listen. It could be years between us seeing each other and we could pick up right where we left off. I will miss her.
    Becky Guthrie

  • I am a cousin to Jared on Sherry Baers side . I am So sorry for your family’s loss Praying for peace and Comfort at this time for your family! 🙏🙏

  • May God bless and comfort each of you, only as He can. Sending 💞🙏.. Praise His Holy Name for His promise of tomorrow?

  • I am so sorry for your loss,please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
    With deep love,

  • Heather and Rob
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your
    Families during this difficult time.
    God has gained a beautiful angel. Heather she looks just like you. She will always be with you .
    Hugs, Deb Ritchie

  • Pastor Rob and Heather: I am so sorry for your loss. No words can fill your loss now. I did not know Melinda , but while reading all the beautiful words written about her you know she Loved God and Her Family and Friends. I pray God will fill your hearts and minds with an understanding only He can give you. Heather I wish I could be there to just be by your side and give you a hug.
    My heart breaks for you and Rob. I Love You Both So Much. Loving thoughts and prayers for you and your family. God Bless and comfort you during this sad time.

  • Jacob, Owen, Carter, and Andrew, I’m so sorry to hear about Melinda’s passing. Idk if any of you remember me, but Melinda and I worked together with the children at Vista, and I led the kids choir a few years. Melinda was a great encourager and was very determined for each child in her care to know that Jesus loved them. A great mom and fun to be around. She will be missed.
    Cathy Harrison

  • Melinda was a beautiful soul and will be missed. Sending love a prayers to her beautiful family.