Margaret Shepherd Ratliff-Yates

17 January, 193617 November, 2020

Margaret S. Ratliff-Yates, 84, beloved mother, grandmother and sister passed away at Moses Cone Hospital, November 17, 2020.

Margaret was born in Wilkes County, one of seven children to the late Everett and Mattee Wingler Shepherd. Hard work and independence were traits she possessed from a young age and at 14 years old, Margaret ventured to Greensboro and supported herself by caring for young children. She was preceded in death by husbands, William R. Ratliff (1987) and Talmadge Yates (2018). For approximately 20 years, she was a dedicated employee at Vick’s (Proctor and Gamble) where she was well thought of and respected for her strong work ethic. Margaret kept a meticulously neat home and was happiest cooking wonderful meals for her family. She cherished her four daughters and was an indulgent grandmother who adored her grandchildren. Margaret loved vanilla milkshakes and cheered for the Tarheels.

Surviving are her daughters, Sharon (Gary) Williams of Oak Ridge, Kathy (Don) Purgason, Patricia Ratliff both of Brown Summit and Cynthia Ratliff; grandchildren, Christy Mardis, Steven, Mardis, Jonathan (Christie) Brande, Jonathan Purgason and Jenna Williams; great granddaughter, Ava Watson; siblings, Ann Benge, James Shepherd and Steve Shepherd; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands Margaret is preceded in death the three siblings and grandson, David Purgason (2010).

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Kathy Brande

November 20, 2020

Kathy, I’m so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a very sweet and nice lady, and I know she will be missed by all you so much. You all have my thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time. Love, Kathy Brande

Hope Ames

November 18, 2020

As well as being a hard worker I remember Margaret being so beautiful and stylish. She will be missed. Thinking of you all at this time. Love and prayers, Hope S Ames

Alice Simpson

November 18, 2020

Kathy and family,
I was so sorry to hear about your mother. Sending love and sympathy during this difficult time.

Kim Jones

November 18, 2020

I loved hanging out at the Ratliff home. Mrs. Ratliff was always kind and made me feel at home. Occasionally I would go with her and Sharon to dinner and she would share great stories. She was a dear sweet woman.