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Area Deaths - December 28, 2011

Jean S. Clare

Jean S. Clare passed from this world Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, surrounded by her family and friends at Mary Washington Hospital.

She lived life surrounded by family, friends and an abundance of loved ones who must now cope with this tremendous loss.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred Miller and William P. Dalton; a brother, Harold Nelson Dalton; and, most recently, her husband, Robert L. Clare III, who passed just a year before her.

Jean is survived by two sisters, Rozella Seaman of King George and Lois Ponder (Charles) of Ladysmith; five children, Dale Sisson (Myrtle), Dickie Sisson (Denise), Bonnie Rollins (Carl), Carol Porter (Tony) and Pam Garcia (Nicki); and a stepdaughter, Linda Clare (Sue); all of King George; 11 grandchildren, Dale Sisson Jr., Michael Sisson, Ashley Sisson, Amanda Sisson, Richard Sisson, Becky Skebo, C.W. Rollins, Candi Porter, Caryn Porter, Danielle Garcia and Nicholas Garcia; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom will cherish the memories that they shared with Jean.

The memory of her humorous and loving nature will be sure to provide comfort for her loved ones during this difficult time. Jean lived a generous and kind life.

She was a lifetime member of the Dahlgren Rescue Squad, and enjoyed regaling others with stories of times spent on the squad. She owned and operated Clare Ambulance Service, by which she provided care to her patients and to those who worked with her.

She was a member of Round Hill Baptist Church, where she participated in the activities of the Young at Heart Sunday school class.

She will surely be remembered for her beneficent personality, which was recognizable even to a stranger. She will be greatly missed, and will forever remain in our hearts.

Visitation for family and friends was held Thursday, Dec. 22, at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home in King George.

A service was held Friday, Dec. 23, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, King George. Interment followed at Round Hill Baptist Church cemetery, King George. Family and friends received guests at Tabernacle Baptist Church following the service.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Lois Marie Brown

Lois Marie Brown, 55, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her family.

She is survived by four daughters, Lyndsey, Casey, Kimmie and Danielle Brown, all of Fredericksburg; nine grandchildren; her parents, Elsworth and Lois Sheppard; three brothers; and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the family receiving friends an hour prior to the service. Burial will be private.

Memorials may be made in her name to Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Attn: Brown Family, 1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, Va 22401.

Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

Mary J. Redmond

Mary J. Redmond, 73, of Montross passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital after a long battle with diabetes and heart failure. God extended his almighty hand of love and took her to eternal life.

She was born Dec. 3, 1938, to the late Charlie and Julia Johnson.

She leaves behind her husband, David Redmond; her children; her grandchildren; and her great-grandchildren.

A wake was held for family and friends Thursday, Dec. 22, at Siloam Baptist Church, in Montross. A funeral was held Friday, Dec. 23, at the church, with the Rev. Connie Jones Jr. officiating.

William G. Wood

William G. “Bill” Wood, 86, of King George County went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

Survivors include his two children, son Dwight Wood and daughter Vickie Anderson (James), all of King George. He also is survived by his sisters, Annie Brown and Minnie Lemley and his brother, Larry Wood, all of North Carolina. Bill also had seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of King George Church of God.

His life was celebrated with a visitation Monday, Dec. 26, at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George.  A service was held at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Lance Bacon officiating.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, in Bethany Cemetery, Baldwin, NC.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Margaret H. Ratcliffe

Margaret H. Ratcliffe, 88, of Fredericksburg died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at The Crossings at Falls Run.

Mrs. Ratcliffe was extremely active in community affairs with her late husband, Wilbur Stuart Ratcliffe Jr.

She was a member of the Lions Club for more than 40 years and was active in Shrine clubs and the Spotsylvania Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of James Monroe Chapter United Daughters of 1812, Ladies Oriental Shrine, Accaba Court and Order of the Eastern Star King Carter Chapter. She was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Survivors include two sons, Stuart Douglas Ratcliffe (Nancy), of Jacksonville, FL, and Wilbur Stanley Ratcliffe (Martha), of Haymarket; grandchildren Andrew Ratciffe (Marie), Michael Ratcliffe, Jennifer Ratcliffe Largen (David), Kelly Ratcliffe Hall (Brian), Kathryn Ratcliffe and Alexander Ratcliffe; and two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth Ratcliffe and Audra Hall. She is also survived by her dear sister-in-law, Adelaide Ratcliffe Agrelius.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Stuart Ratcliffe Jr.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at the funeral home. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Donor Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607; or to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 150, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408.

Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

 

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