Obituary of Sara Lanette Ratliff
Sara Lanette Ratliff, 46, of Lincoln, California became an Angel on April 13, 2023. She is finally at peace and no longer has any pain. She is in every sunrise and sunset, and that warm breeze which tells you Spring is on its way.
Sara was born in Salinas, California to James and Mary Pemberton on January 21, 1977. Sara attended North Monterey County High School and graduated in 1995 and continued her education at Hartnell Junior College. Sara married Mike Ratliff on February 9, 2002 in Gilroy, California. Sara worked many jobs in her younger years and many at the same time. After moving to the Lincoln area in 2005, she worked at Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ as a server and then bartender for ten years. Moving on to Thunder Valley Casino, in 2016. She excelled as the Executive Assistant to the Head of Table Games as well as to the Head of Poker. Her real job was spreading love and kindness and just like her father and grandfather, She never met a stranger. Sara was never selfish with the kindness in her heart and always shared her highly sought “Sara Hugs”. This amazing woman was devoted to her family and had this uncanny ability to just make things work. It could be as simple as solving a computer issue for a loved one or making sure twenty-five people sat down to a hot holiday meal. Sara was the best mom to her kids and always made sure they came first. She would attend every game, play, or cheer event. Sara loved to watch her kids have fun and succeed. Nothing made Sara smile more than when she watched or talked about her children.
Sara is preceded in death by Gerald ``Jerry” Pemberton, her paternal grandfather, and her cousin Danny Hart both of Salinas, California.
Sara is survived by her husband, Mike Ratliff of Lincoln, California along with their three children; Austin, 20 years old, Faith, 16 years old, and Brittain, 11 years old. Sara’s loving parents are James and Mary Pemberton of Lincoln, California. Her Sister and Brother-in-law, Sabrina and Mike Phillips of Prunedale, California, along with her Nephew, Michael, and Niece, Payton. Her Brother and Sister-in-Law, James and Tessi Pemberton of Lincoln, California, with her Niece, Bryley, and Nephew, Drew. Her Grandparents, Floyd and Gloria Grimm, of Prunedale, California. Her Grandmother, Barbara Pemberton, of Salinas, California. As well as so many more loving cousins, uncles, and aunts.
There are so many people to thank that have been on this journey with Sara and our family. The prayers, meals, and other assistance were such a wonderful blessing. Special thanks to Michael D Pemberton, Kendra Babb, and Sabrina Phillips, you gave so much during this journey with your Sara.
Sara Lanette Ratliff will continue to spread her love through all those lucky enough to have held her embrace, caught her smile, or just received a kind word. That love will continue because we will all hold her in our hearts forever, smiling when we smile, hugging when we hug, and spreading her joy with those same kind words and attentive ears.
Sara’s family will have a Celebration of Life on April 27, 2023 at McBean Pavilion, 65 McBean Park Drive, Lincoln, California 95648. We will come together to Celebrate Sara from 1 PM to 5 PM.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking for you to go to https://kimshope.org and donate in Sara Ratliff’s memory.
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