Minnie Ratliff Mize
April 21, 1920 - January 20, 2017
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Trinity United Methodist Church
Ruston, LA 71270
Saturday 1/28, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
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Trinity United Methodist Church
Ruston, LA 71270
Saturday 1/28, 2:00 pm
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Saturday 1/28

Mrs. Mize was born in Lakeland, Florida, on April 21, 1920, to John Alexander Ratliff and Martha Elizabeth Weeks Ratliff and passed away on January 20, 2017, in Baton Rouge, LA. Mrs. Mize was an eighth generation direct descendent of Benjamin Weeks who arrived in Massachusetts in the 1600 and whose descendents were pioneer families…

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Mary Elizabeth Halbrook left a message on January 28, 2017:
I was so sorry to hear about Mrs. Minnie's passing away. I always enjoyed being around her & Mr. Jimmy. They were such a great couple & I loved to watch them on the dance floor! Praying for the family at this time.
Jon Beard left a message on January 28, 2017:
To Alec & Sallie Delle,Your mother instilled in me the character of honor & respect. This was initiated by my having to escort her for the portion of the year (7th grade) where I would load the record player into the "Blue Goose", return the keys to her & she & I would ride off together to the Girl Scout hall for dance lessons. She taught me that every pimply face, adolescent girl was a princess and I was to treat her as such.Growing up across (later down the street) She & your Dad would encourage me into adulthood.Blessings on her this the day of her service & blessings to you as you honor her. Jon Beard
Mary Richardson left a message on January 27, 2017:
Sallie Dell, Alex,Your mother never failed to make me feel better every time I called her. She was always upbeat and ready to cheer you up, even with problems of her own. You always came away feeling better. I was privileged to be working in the football office at the time Gentleman Jim coached football and track back when they all coached two sports. Your mother and I also had two other things in common, middle name, Elizabeth, and most of all dancing. My husband and I were invited to someplace in Shreveport that the late Billy Baskin arranged for us, including a band and dinner. Of course no one could keep up with your Mom, but your Dad sure went along with her. Those are just two of the many memories I have of being around them. The most loving couple I ever knew. And now, after only 4 months apart they are surely together again. Please send me your addresses as I have something to send you. I also plan on a memorial to Coach's scholarship fund. Sincerely,Mary Richardson
Vicki Rienhardt left a message on January 26, 2017:
Mrs. Mize was one of my favorite teachers at Louisiana Tech. She always had a smile and a word of encouragement for everyone she taught.
Carol Smitherman Anglin left a message on January 26, 2017:
I will miss ‘Mrs. Mize’ so much. While she was my teacher at Louisiana Tech, Minnie Mize and Catherine Williams (Grambling State University) were my mentors and life-long friends. Such pioneers! I never spoke to Mrs. Mize that she didn’t put her husband, Coach Mize, on the other line. “Jimmy, it’s Carol. Pick up the other phone.” They often came to Shreveport to shop and would stop by my studio for hugs and to ‘watch the children dance.’What an honor that they supported my work in Shreveport with their visits, support, and annual donations to the Louisiana Dance Foundation. They were both excited about my move to Oklahoma and the opportunity for me to continue learning while pursuing my passion of teaching at OU. Like my own parents, Joy Anthony and Charles Smitherman, and their many mutual friends, Coach and Mrs. Mize were absolutely the finest role models who spent their lives unconditionally loving each other, family and friends – and always giving back and helping others. (Mrs. Mize also taught Social Dance to my father when he was a student at Tech. My parents later lived with Coach Mize's parents in Baton Rouge while my dad completed his Master's in Engineering...lots of history!)They made the world a better place for our generation. They inspired me to do the same. I am honored to have known and loved these precious people. I miss them both. I know they’re glad to be dancing together again. I am unable to attend Mrs. Mize's funeral. Please know that I will be there in spirit. Love to your wonderful family.
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Linda Webb Killen left a message on January 26, 2017:
You were loved and respected. Thank you for your love of dance and for all you did for us in the Dance Studio at LA TECH. Prayers for your family. I know your dancing with the angels.
pfl left a message on January 24, 2017:
Dear family. Death is an enemy! So says the Word of God. True comfort comes in knowing that God does not cause our death, for He promises to eliminate death completely in the near future. I hope this gives you a measure of comfort during this difficult times. (1 Corinthians 15:26; Isaiah 25:8).
sue belton lewis left a message on January 24, 2017:
you are in my prayers
Pattie Taylor Stephens left a message on January 24, 2017:
Sallie, I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. My prayers are with you and your family.
Cornelia O'Kelley England left a message on January 24, 2017:
What an amazing lady. I adored her and her energy and love of dance. But i have no doubt......she and Coach Mize are dancing again on the clouds of heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with Sallie Dell and Alex!
Beverly left a message on January 24, 2017:
Dear Alec and D'allié Dell, I am so sorry to learn of Minnie's death, especially so soon after your dad's. You both know how fond I was of her. She called me recently, having gotten my number from Daddy, and it was a true pleasure to talk to her. She was one of a kind, so gracious and so much fun. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Grace Tirado left a message on January 24, 2017:
I LOVED Minnie so much. I had sent her an email after Jimmy passed, and I was thinking about her today... thinking that I needed to call to see how she's doing. She was a lovely and fun lady. May she dance her way up to Jimmy in heaven. RIP dear Minnie!
Kilpatrick Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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