Lavaughn Ratto Moseley

January 3, 1930May 13, 2020

Graveside services for Lavaughn Ratto Moseley are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2020 at Bascom Cemetery with Bro. Phillip Wheeless and Dr. Gil Lain officiating.

Our beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. She was born in Tyler to Clifford and Katie Riley Maynard.

She was a homemaker while her children were young. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, growing beautiful flowers and taking the grandchildren on summer adventures. She retired from University of Texas at Tyler Children's Place.

She was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church. Lavaughn loved reading her Bible, quoting scripture, offering words of encouragement and was a prayer warrior.

She is survived by her husband Francis Moseley; daughter and son-in-law Sherry and Jerry Rhodes; daughter Pat Lowrey; son and daughter-in-law Jim and Kathleen Ratto. She is also survived by grandchildren and their spouses Keith and Terri Rhodes, J. Todd Rhodes, Jimmy and Megan Ratto, Alyson and David Jennings, Whitney and Stephen Goolsbee. She had six great-grandchildren; Katie and Hallie Rhodes, Summer Goolsbee, Aiden Jennings, Macen and Hadley Ratto.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Jim Bob Ratto; son-in-law Randy Lowrey and brother, Hershell Maynard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice of East Texas at 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.

Proverbs 31:28: "Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her."


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Kathleen Ratto

May 14, 2020

LaVaughn was my beloved mother-in-law, although I didn’t have the privilege to know her for very long, she made a huge impact on my life. She was one of the most loving, caring and encouraging women I have ever known. She and I shared a couple of months together several nights a week, one on one. She told me many stories of her life and shared her faith with me. We prayed together every night and I would read her devotionals. I learned how much she loved chocolate and how resourceful she was throughout her life. She raised three of the finest children I’ve ever known and instilled in them her love of the Lord and poured into them with all she had. Her children meant the world to her. I miss you already, momma, and am thankful that you will have no more pain, tears and made whole again, dancing in heaven with the Lord.

I love you,


Belinda Hammock

May 13, 2020

I have known LaVaughn since I was 18 months old. I always enjoyed visiting her home. I remember her cooking, laughing and enjoying life. When I was little, I received a birthstone ring for my birthday. She said, “Oh, Belinda, this looks like an engagement ring!” She was a delightful, joyful, Christian lady.

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