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Marguerite Atwell Ratcliffe

In Loving Memory of

Marguerite Elizabeth Atwell

Marguerite Elizabeth Atwell Ratcliffe, 93 of Pearisburg, VA. went to be with the Lord Tuesday evening February 28, 2012 in Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg, VA. Mrs. Ratcliffe was born on June 28, 1918 in Giles County, VA, and was a daughter of the late Fitzhugh Lee Atwell and Cora Alice Lawrence Atwell. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Gale Ratcliffe, one son, Lewis Douglas Ratcliffe, six brothers and one sister. The days of her life have been filled with first, the love of her lifer, Louie; second, with her family, and third, with the friends she loves and cherishes. Her faith in her God is evident in her daily life. Anyone who knew her is very aware of her many talents, this list included: sewing, electrician, hair dresser, pie maker, Sunday dinners, taffy pulls, playing ball with the kids, helping to raise the “boys” of the Bluff City Ducks, caning chairs with her father, and being the Princess all the while. As a young bride who was very shy, she married into the Ratcliffe clan (and anyone who knows them can testify that there is no shyness in these people). She was immediately given the title of “Princess” by her brother-in-law Clarence, then the other family members followed his lead; thus, she is still the “Princess”. But you must be aware that she is shy and will not to this day say that she understands why they did that. However, if you really know her, you will know that she has worked hard, loved much, suffered hardships, and she has earned her “Princess” title. She wore it well!! She is survived by two daughters, Patricia R. Stone of Blacksburg, Judith R. Corell and husband Jack of Pearisburg, six grandchildren, Paula Robertson and husband Joe, Richard D. Corell and wife Victoria, John P. Stone, III, Gregory L. Stone and wife Tabitha, Barbara Tate and Ken, Jill C. Grubbs and husband Eddie, eight great grandchildren, Michelle Stowe and husband Jody, Kelly Bostic and husband Peter, Kyle Robertson, Amber Smith and husband Josh, Cosbi Stone, Ashly Stone, Gregory Lewis Stone, Jr., four great great grandchildren, Rhiannon Stowe, Sadie Marguerite Stowe, Patrick Bostic, Gab Smith and many Nieces, Nephews and friends. Funeral services will be conducted, Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg, VA with Dr. Brad Scott and Dr. Fred L. Austin officiating with burial following in the Birchlawn Burial Park. The family will receive friends at the Givens Funeral Home Friday evening from 6 – 8 pm. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

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