Lula P. Ratliff, born the youngest child of Lynn and Lassie Eiland was one of seven children all raised in Kilmichael, MS. Lula is survived by her older sisters, Mary Doris and Florence Lee (Charlie). Her brothers Elbert, James, Joe Arnold and Stanley have all transitioned home to be with the Lord.
She leaves behind a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Lula graduated from Mississippi Valley State University and began her professional career as a respected and inspirational teacher for forty years.
During her tenure in the classroom, she inspired, motivated, and educated thousands of young students. She was not only a dedicated teacher inside the classroom, but one who stood for and believed in those who didn't believe in themselves.
She committed her entire life to making a meaningful difference throughout this community. Lula was fiercely strong and independent, yet compassionate, loving, unselfish; she would give you her last. She was an active member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church where she has served in various capacities.
Her voice through song uplifted and touched the lives of many. Her faith tested, but she stood steadfast and unmovable in the midst of life's storms.
Lula was married to Rochester Ratliff, the father for their children, Jackie, Sheila and Marcus whom she loved so dearly.
Her only greater love was for her grandchildren, Cody (Wesley) and Demetria and her great-grandchildren, Ishmael, Collin, Quaddus, Julien, Taleiya and Malikal. Nothing made her happier than spending time with them. Lula lived her life loving the Lord, helping others and enjoying her family. She will be missed but her legacy will live on forever.
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