The Ponca City
Ponca City, Oklahoma
February 11, 1998
Emma Jon (Ratliff) Chandler died Monday, Feb. 9, 1998, at her home following
an extended illness. She was 71 years of age.
The funeral is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sunset Baptist Church.
The Rev. Ron Ledbetter, pastor, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Cliff
Fite. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the
direction of Trout Funeral Home.
The casket will not be open at the church, but friends may call at the
funeral home until noon Thursday. The family will be at her home, 1813
Emma Jon was born Oct. 26, 1926, the daughter of John Winston and Grace
Inez (Thornton) Ratliff. Following the death of John, Grace Ratliff married
his brother, Wellington Harve Ratliff, who adopted his brother's children.
The family moved to Bowie, Texas, where Emma graduated from Bowie High
School in 1944 and later attended North Texas State College.
On Dec. 24, 1945 she married Kenneth Price Chandler. He was employed with
Continental Oil Company and the family resided in various towns in Oklahoma,
New Mexico, Texas and Kansas before moving to Ponca City in 1966. A longtime
member of Sunset Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School at one
time, Mrs. Chandler was also a charter member of the Pioneer Genealogical
Society. One of her greatest pleasures was researching family history
and visiting with numerous people about the subject.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth P. "Doc" Chandler of
the home; a son, Klem P. Chandler of Ponca City; a daughter, Marilyn Ward
of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Wanda B. Phelps of Lawton; and a brother,
John W. Ratliff of Fort Worth, Texas. She was preceded in death by her
parents and a sister, Mary Lois Rockenbaugh.
Casket bearers will be Charles Whitlock, Don Streeter, Glenn Griffith,
William E. Winterrowd, Richard Winterrowd and James Reedy. Honorary casket
bearers will be J. Patrick Norris, Kenneth E. Holmes, Wayne Sherrill and
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Ponca
City, OK 74601.