Sara Ratliff

Sara Lynn Ratliff

Thursday, March 27th, 1947 - Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
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Sara, only child of Jack and Mary Ratliff, was born in Waco on March 27, 1947. Her dad owned and operated Cedar Crest Night Club, and her mom was a 2nd generation phone company employee, following in the footsteps of Sara’s grandmother; who started the first phone services in Valley Mills in her home. Sara’s parents later owned Cottage Antiques on Waco Drive.

Sara attended Waco schools, graduated from Richfield in 1965, and then followed her family legacy and became a 3rd generation phone company employee at SW Bell in Waco.

In 1968, Sara took a leave from the phone company and traveled Mexico with her friend Linda Z. for several years, where she developed her lifelong love of Mexico and Acapulco. Sara called these experiences her “success story.” A bit of her heart was always at Los Flamingos.

Sarah returned to Austin to “run that phone company,” as she so fondly liked to say. Austin was the perfect setting for Sara with her love of music. Creating lifelong friendships with musicians and music lovers who frequented the Austin night life during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. She was a fixture at Antone’s, The Continental Club and La Zona Rosa.

Sara retired in Waco to ensure her sweet mom received loving care in her last years.

After retirement, Sara delivered Meals on Wheels and then volunteered with PUP, (Pets Uplifting People). She and her therapy dog Ruby Champagne, and then Daisy Diamond, visited Hillcrest Hospital, the VA, and local nursing homes to brighten the resident’s days.

Truly one of a kind, Sara loved all things vintage—clothing, hats, and jewelry, and could she ever put an ensemble together!

Approximately three years ago, Sara was stricken with ALS. Being a strong and independent woman, she was able to remain in her home with assistance from her family of friends.

Sara was preceded in death by her parents and her precious pets, Homeboy, Lovey and Ruby Champagne. She is survived by Daisy Diamond, Jimmy Jam, Abby Miss Flabby, and her immense group of friends from all walks of life.

Sara lived her life her way and to the fullest. She passed away without any regrets! May we all be so lucky! The world lost a special energy when we lost Miss Sara.

Please join us to celebrate Sara’s life at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 305 N. 30th St., Waco, TX on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. for services. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.

Memorials may be made to:
St. Alban’s Church
Waco Humane Society, 2032 Circle Rd., Waco, TX 76706
Alzheimer’s Assoc., 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60602
Or the charity of your choice.
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Alex Williams

Posted at 04:33pm
Sara always made my husband Trent and I feel at home. I'm so thankful we got to spend time with her through the last 3 years of her life. She will always have a special place in my heart as my true Grandma, right down to the cookie jar. I loved her giving heart and I'll miss her strong will. May she rest in peace. Thank God she doesn't have to worry about her hands anymore. - Trent and Ally

Charles Lipsey

Posted at 01:23pm
God bless U Sara.


Posted at 09:49am
I was always grateful for your genuine kindness and acceptance ( and it took us a bit, lol), your love of life, fashion sense but most of all the way you lit up the world with your smile
Now as I think of you, I too, will smile!
A true gift!

Eddie Massey

Posted at 05:34am
So many laughs, so many cherished memories with Sara through the years. Our friendship began in 7th grade and continued for all these years. What a unique experience to be part of “Sara’s World”. Thank you Sara for making us smile. Love you!

Lawrence Anderson Posted at 08:33am

Will there be a service for Sara?

Deborah Hughes

Posted at 07:49pm
Sara was a great person to work with! I don't think I ever saw her without a smile on her face! My condolences to the family

Jo Ann Uptmor Posted at 11:47am

Sara was a valued member of the HILLCREST PUP therapy dog program. She and her dog Ruby Champagne spent many hours of volunteer visiting at HILLCREST. She was a wonderful person.

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