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Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ratcliff

Died: February 2, 2017

A long time resident of Baton Rouge, Betty passed away peacefully Thursday after a lengthy illness with congestive heart failure. She was 92. Born in Crowley, LA on March 25, 1924, to James A. Gremillion, J.D. and Mary Cassidy Gremillion. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Havard E. “Rad” Ratcliff J.D., h…read more

A long time resident of Baton Rouge, Betty passed away peacefully Thursday after a lengthy illness with congestive heart failure. She was 92. Born in Crowley, LA on March 25, 1924, to James A. Gremillion, J.D. and Mary Cassidy Gremillion. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Havard E. “Rad” Ratcliff J.D., her parents, brothers James A Gremillion, Jr., J.D. and wife Mary, Monsignor John Edward Gremillion, Charles C. Gremillion J.D. and wife Elizabeth, sisters Lucille Gremillion, Frances Gremillion Hains and husband James H. Hains. She is survived by her children Van Ratcliff and wife Helen, Bonnie Smith, Chris Ratcliff J.D. and wife Aleece, Mary Honigman, Betsy Williamson and husband Brett. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Rad Heroman J.D., Kelly Smith, Liam Williamson, and Ava and Stella Honigman. Betty was the youngest of 6 children who heeded the strong influence of family members in the legal profession. By becoming one of the first female graduates of the School of Law at Louisiana State University, and first female editor of the Louisiana Law Review, she joined the ranks of notable and accomplished legal, political, and ecclesiastical family figures. Her father was Louisiana’s 35th Secretary of State, two brothers were life-long attorneys in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans and another brother rose to the station of Monsignor in the Roman Catholic Church. She met her husband “Rad” fittingly, in law school at L.S.U. Her determination and hard-headedness were legendary as she raised 5 children mostly on her own after the unexpected death of her husband, and became assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana. We will remember her utter selflessness in what she considered her greatest accomplishment, raising a beautiful and loving family. She embodied the rare combination of strength of will and gentle love and understanding and will be so missed by all of us. The family would like to give thanks to long time companion and friend Dola Beauchamp, and to Oneita Smith, and Diane Loftin. Funeral arrangements are for Wednesday, February 8 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Visitation from 10:30 – 12:00, funeral mass at 12:00, interment at Roselawn Cemetery, reception at the home of Betsy and Brett Williamson, 6429 Esplanade Ave., Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Address:

11441 Goodwood Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm -

St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Address:

11441 Goodwood Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Roselawn Memorial Park

Address:

4045 North Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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