Mentie Joyce Smith, formerly of Hendersonville, NC, passed away on February 24 in Beaver, PA after a long illness.
She lived in Hendersonville for 60 years before moving to Pittsburgh, PA in 2015 following the death of her husband Emil Smith.
Mentie was born in Pikeville, KY on May 28, 1932. She moved to Hendersonville in the mid 1950’s. She was a nurse’s aide at Pardee Hospital before retiring in the mid-1980’s. While at Pardee, she met her dear friend Becky (Tony) Varnadore, who became her second family.
Mentie is survived by the joys of her life, her sons Timothy (Wanita) Ratliff of Aliquippa, PA, Thomas (Laurie) Ratliff of Pittsburgh, PA, and a daughter Sheree (Buzz) Tedards of Greensboro, NC, two grandsons, Nathan and Nicholas Ratliff of Pittsburgh, and a sister, Mattie Brown of Port Charlotte, FL
Her bonus family included, Nathan Rust of Myrtle Creek OR, Miranda (Chris) Lae of Portland, OR, and Kalaya (Joshua) Schenewerk Lithia, FL, two great grandsons and two great granddaughters.
Mentie was proceeded in death by her husbands, Roy Ratliff of Hendersonville and Emil Smith of Hendersonville, her parents, Winwright and Spicy Adkins of Pikeville, KY, and 15 brothers and sisters.
She was a member of French Broad Baptist Church.
Thomas Shepherd & Sons is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday Feb. 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Shepherd Memorial Gardens.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to Darroch Cremation and Funeral Tributes, Inc. 2640 Mill Street, Aliquippa www.darrochfuneralhome.com
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