Vera L. Ratchford, Independence

Independence – Vera L. Ratchford, 77, of Independence, Iowa died Wednesday afternoon, October 29, 2013 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Vera was born on December 28, 1935, in Estherville, Iowa the daughter of Sigfred and Ellen (Christensen) Ringham.  She graduated from the Estherville High School.  She was married to Frank Ratchford, Jr. on December 26, 1955 in Ft. Dodge, Iowa.  The couple farmed in the Independence area until moving into Independence in 1965.

She is survived by five children; Jacqueline (Mark) Hogan, Joan (Gary) Cotton, Rhonda (Steve) Takes, Mike (Deb) Ratchford, Mary (Dennis) Ratchford all of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, thirteen grandchildren, and twenty one great grandchildren.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank in 1995, a daughter Barbara Hedgman in 2001, two brothers; Irwin and Everett Rinham, and two sisters; Delores Ringham and Lenora MacRunnel.

Memorial services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence with Dr. David Larson officiating.  Burial was held Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence, IA.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 8 PM Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, IA.

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