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Nora Ratke

March 5, 1963 — November 18, 2020

Nora Ratke, 57 was born Nora Elizaldi on March 5, 1963 to Albert & Herminia Elizaldi in Villaldama, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  She graduated Highschool in Villadalma and later received her bachelor’s degree in Family & Human Development in Monterrey.  She married Kenneth Ratke on October 27, 1984 in Lubbock and worked as a substitute teacher for Post ISD.  She volunteered for MHMR as a translator for 4 years and was called to work for Dalby Correctional Facility in 1999.  She worked there until she could no longer and left after serving as the Associate Warden.

Nora loved her grandchildren and was better known as “YaYa” to them.  She loved sewing, making clothes for her grandchildren and was close to her family;   “she was a teacher of life” is the statement shared by her son as she lived accordingly and was a stranger to few.

In the early morning of November 18, 2020, Nora Ratke was called from this earth surrounded by her family.  Those left to cherish her loving memory is her husband and best friend, Kenneth Ratke; her son & daughter -in-law, Kenneth & Ricci Ratke Jr.; her daughter & son-in-law, Dianna Lynn & Rene Flores; four brothers, Alberto Elizaldi,  Jesus Elizaldi, Leonardo Elizaldi, Eduardo Elizaldi, four sisters, Maria Anita Villarreal, Nelly Guadalupe Elizaldi, Sonia Herminia Tellez, Laura Alicia Elizaldi; five grandchildren, Aiden Ratke, Arianna Flores, Araceli Flores, Kenci Ratke,  and Nolan Ratke

She is preceded in death by a brother, Joel Elizaldi (November 9, 1993)

Services for Mrs. Ratke will be private.

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