OBITUARY

Kathryn Ann Ratchford

April 7, 1937January 31, 2020
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Kathryn (Kathy) Ann Ratchford, 82, of Lake Mary, passed away on Friday, January 31st at home surrounded by her family. She was born April 7, 1937 to Max and Victoria Streeter and is survived by her loving husband, William (Bill) Ratchford.

Kathy loved her family in a deep and enduring way. Along with Bill, Kathy is survived by her three children, Scot (wife Donna), Kyle (husband Ralph), and Vicki (husband Frank), and seven grandchildren, Daniel, Kaitlyn, Jon, Erin (husband Dan), Nick, Casey, and Joshua.

In addition to her family, Kathy dedicated herself to work and was known and loved by many in the apartment industry. In over 35 years in property management, she built a reputation as someone with the rare ability to lead with both strength and compassion through her larger-than-life personality, infectious smile, and dedication to excellence. As a result, Kathy received countless industry awards, so many that there was a running joke in her family about where they would all have to travel next to see her honored.

Everyone who knew her also learned of her love for music. The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, and many others were the soundtrack for her life, and she sang, danced, and strummed the guitar to their songs with such exuberance that she inevitably got everyone in the room singing right along with her. She truly was the life of the party, and she passed on her love for music to many. Kathy also followed college basketball and her North Carolina Tar Heels with abandon. She kept up with teams, stats, players, and scores throughout her life and was always game to talk about sports, especially when Duke was losing.

Happiness and relaxation for Kathy were as simple as having her family near, her toes in the sand, and a drink in her hand. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who lit up every room she walked into and will be missed by the many people whose lives she enriched. In honor of the memory of Kathy, the family invites you to wear your favorite resort style/island wear attire.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Florida or Tunnel to Towers Foundation in Kathy's name.

“If it suddenly ended tomorrow I could somehow adjust to the fall Good times and riches and son of a bitches I've seen more than I can recall It's these changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same Through all of the islands and through all of the hi-lands If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane” - Jimmy Buffett

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Reception Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memories

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Tim and Kathy Clegg

February 15, 2020

Kathy showed us how to love, laugh, and live life to the fullest every day.......from cruising on on the Star of Charlevoix, to all night dancing on Bill and Kathy’s deck in Chapel Hill, to participating in the Ratchford Open, and to teaching us Michiganders how to correctness prepare crab legs.......She will always be with us. We’ve been truly blessed to have Kathy in our lives. Our hearts go out to her family. She will be deeply missed.

Leslie Land-Mims

February 15, 2020

A lifetime of living and loving that is how I will always remember Kathy. The pictures posted are an amazing tribute to Kathy and her life. Praying for peace and comfort for her equally amazing family. I am privileged to call them lifelong friends. Love you all and I am deeply sorry for your loss but know you all have a very special angel watching over you and you will be reunited one day.

Scot Andrews

February 13, 2020

Scot Andrews

February 13, 2020

Scot Andrews

February 13, 2020

This week I received a beautiful flower arrangement from our our Mayor in Peoria Arizona in honor of my mom. The purity of the white roses and daylilies reminds me our our hope in Jesus and where mom is right now. Thank you Cathy Carlat and the City of Peoria. This made my day when they came and gave me great peace.

Marty Broach

February 12, 2020

I first met Kathy in 1971 as her son Scot and I started our friendship playing basketball at DuPont. She was the cool Mom and always had a special place as my second Mom. She was there for all the games. The photo of Kathy and Scot was at the hospital in 1980 after the birth of my son Michael. We love you and will miss you. God Bless.

Dennis Family

February 10, 2020

What a wonderful lady she was and she will be in our hearts forever. Thank you for the love, the laughter and the joy you brought to all of us through the years. When we think of March Madness we will always think of you and will forever root for your Tar Heels because as you always said, there's always "unfinished business". We love you to the moon and back. The Dennis Family & Lloyd❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Lori Trainer

February 10, 2020

Kathy was a friend, a confidant and a mentor. She was larger than life in the apartment industry, but she was even more in her personal life. One of the kindest and most generous people I have ever had the opportunity to know. She loved her family more than anything in the world (and you didn't have to be blood to be considered family). Kathy always had an ear and advice to lend, she was so wise and shared her wisdom with those around her freely. The world will not be the same without her, but we are so lucky to have her imprint on our hearts forever! We love you Kathy, thank you for the memories!

Donna Reiter

February 9, 2020

When I think of Kathy, I think big smile, kindness, laughter and love of life. I first knew her through the apartment industry. Her professionalism and involvement were evident and we worked on many Boards together. Then we shared love of golf and family. She showed us how to juggle a demanding job, do volunteer work and still find time for family. She just glowed when she talked about Bill, her daughters and son. Larger than life, I’m going to miss her beautiful spirit and friendship. It makes me happy to know Nan was waiting for her with a big hug.

Scot Andrews

February 8, 2020

For over 50 years I have been playing the guitar, mandolin and more and have become a very good musician. It all started that July day in 1969 in Winder, Georgia. If not for my Mom, who knows if I would have ever played....
My Mom started playing acoustic guitar on a old 1957 Gibson flat top guitar drawing from Laura Weber folk music. Laura was a renowned folk teacher whose folk guitar lessons were a mainstay of public television for many years in the 1960s and '70s.
Mom started regaling us her very first song "Little Boxes" written by Malvina Reynolds. And we "hated" it. Not really. But we always recalled it, laughing as we made fun of it till the day she left to be with the lord. If fact I sung it to her a few days before she passed...... So Mom here it is one more time just for you.............

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same,
There's a pink one and a green one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
And the people in the houses
All went to the university
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same
And there's doctors and lawyers
And business executives
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.
And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same,
There's a pink one and a green one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

Oh Mom ................

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