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Ada “Ruth” Brown-Ratliff was born in Brooks County, Quitman, Georgia. She was the last of ten children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Ada Brown.  At an early age she accepted the lord and was baptized at the Beulah Hill Baptist Church. She was educated in the Brooks County school system, and later moved on to study at the Durham School of Business in North Carolina.

Ada later relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, where she began her illustrious life. There she met and fell in love with the late Mr. Charles Ratliff, whom she later married. From that union they had one son, Mark A. Ratliff, Sr.

Ada worked for the Bank of Boston for a short period of time, from there she went on to work at Honeywell Corporation, and lastly pursued a career with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from which she retired after 25 years of service. After retirement she relocated to Concord, North Carolina.

Ada had a great love for life, the Lord and especially her grandchildren. She devoted her life and love to supporting her grandchildren through any and every milestone in their lives. There was no greater love than the one she shared with them, for which they are forever grateful.

 On Sunday, March 26th, the Lord called our dear angel to be with him in glory. Ada was preceded by her parents, her husband, and all of her late siblings: Mr. Chester Brown, Mrs. Susie Mae Spencer, Mrs. Eva Wilson, Mr. Moses Brown, Mr. Alexander Brown, Mrs. Lorene Lawson, Mr. Ernest Brown, Mrs. Madlyn Brown, Mr. Arthur Brown, Jr.

Ada leaves to mourn her passing, her son Mr. Mark A. Ratliff, Sr., her daughter-in-law Mrs. Alda Ratliff, her granddaughter Tianna A. Ratliff, grandson Mark A. Ratliff, Jr,. and a host of nieces, nephews, as well as other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2PM at Beulah Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Alonza Fudge, eulogist.  Burial will follow in the Beulah Hill Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday morning at the Stevens-McGhee Chapel from 8:30PM until 11AM.  

We ask that you continue to keep the family in your daily thoughts and prayers.


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  • Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Stevens-McGhee Funeral Home
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
    You were the best mother that anyone could have. You have always been there for me and loved me unconditionally. You will always be my heart. I love and miss you mommy. Your son " Markie "
    ~ Mark Ratliff Sr.   Bridgwater, MA
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    It was just like yesterday when you was holding me on my 1st birthday . You always cared and loved me like I was your own, you sacrificed everything in the world for me and Tianna even when you didn't have it you still found a way to make sure we had everything. We were your pride and joy throughout the years. I am so thankful and grateful to have the best grandmother in the world. You weren't just my grandmother you were also my best friend. It is so hard right now for me to process in my head and mind that your no longer here with me anymore but I know up in deep in the blue skies you're watching over me standing proud of the man I am today. I can hear your voice right now saying " Grandma gonna love you and Grandma gonna miss you always your my pride and Joy always and forever". And Grandma I'm always gonna love you always and I'm always no matter what I'm doing or wherever I'm gonna go in life gonna miss you. I will never forget you. You made me into the grandson and man that I am today. You will always be the pride and joy that put a smile on my face. I love you forever and will never forget you
    ~ Mark Ratliff Jr   Bridgewater, MA