Suzanne Pas-Ratliff, 43, a valiant follower of Jesus, entered His presence on February 24, 2019, during a worship service her family was holding at her bedside.
Family members left to grieve with hope are her husband of 9 years, Mark Ratliff; her daughter, Ashton Pas; her son, Josiah Pas and step-son Scott Ratliff; her parents, Paul and Judy Hatfield; grandmother Helene Wilkin; mother-in-law Darlene Ratliff; former mother-in-law Darlene Drury; her brother, Timothy (Jamie) Hatfield, sister-in-law Debra (Ron) Houston; sister-in-law Lisa (Mike) Hoeck; brother-in-law Alex Pas, Jr.; nieces and nephews Elisa, Wilkin, and Clae Hatfield; Neil and Sam Houston; and Hadley, Harrison, Hannah and Harlow Hoeck; uncles John (Mary) Hatfield and George (Dottie) Hatfield; aunts Ruth Ann (Keith) Linnabary, Joyce (Landis) Duncan and Joilene (Ron) Kettle; and treasured cousins, their spouses, and their children.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Christa Hatfield; first husband Gregory Pas; aunt Joni Sue Wilkin, grandparents Paul and Agnes Hatfield and Forrest Wilkin; former father-in-law Alex Pas, Sr. and father-in-law Gene Ratliff.
She was born on August 27, 1975 in Indianapolis, Indiana but was raised in Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated from Northside High School and Milligan College and made loving homes for her family and nourished enduring friendships in Clearwater, FL, Johnson City, TN, Roanoke, VA, and Henrico, VA. Suzanne was a champion of the people Jesus loves. Throughout her adult life, she expressed His love as a wife and mother, a social worker for children and the elderly, a preschool teacher, a church worker, and a youth volunteer.
When she was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2013, it never defined who she was. She fought it and won. In 2018, when she learned of its spread to her liver and the limited medical knowledge of (and available treatments for) this rare cancer, she was convinced that God would continue to author her story. With a combination of fervent prayer, passionate faith, natural treatments and a Mama Bear ferocity, she clung to her family and the promises of Jesus that he would never forsake her. She was enveloped by a tight group of prayer warriors committed to her healing. Through all of this, she courageously continued to live life to its fullest – serving, loving, spending time with family, and making plans for upcoming trips and family reunions.
In mid-February, she was hospitalized and her body began to fail; yet her spirit continued to fight to stay with her husband and children. Through it all, though, she said, “I can’t lose. Whether He heals my body, or He meets me in heaven, I win.”
We will celebrate her victory and the goodness of our God on Thursday, February 28, at 10:00 a.m. in a service at Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 N Gayton Road, Henrico, VA 23233. In lieu of flowers, a family education fund has been set up for her children. For donation details, please email [email protected].