Clara Ratliff Zerbe

February 23, 1929 – January 31, 2021


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Clara Ratliff Zerbe

Clara (May) Ratliff Zerbe, Age 91, passed away on Sun. Jan 31, 2021. Clara was born and raised in Lizton, IN to Clarence and May (Truax) Ratliff.

She was a graduate of Lizton High School and attended Indiana University, and received her degree in Dietetics.

She married Wesley W Zerbe in Lizton, IN on Dec. 22, 1954. Together they moved to many places and settled in Broomfield, CO in 1977. Clara moved to Kirkland, WA. in Sep. 2015.  She worked as a homemaker raising her two daughters and as a dietitian.  She belonged to PEO, Daughters of the King, CO Shakespeare Guild, AAUW and was a Master Gardener. She loved traveling the world and was always ready for a cruise.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband Wesley Zerbe, parents May and Clarence Ratliff, brothers Lee and Donald Ratliff, and sister Cordelia Fay Collings. Clara is survived by her daughters, Michelle (John) Stewart of Denver, N.C., and Melanie Zerbe of Kirkland, WA., sister Roberta (Jim) Graham of Brownsburg, IN and a brother Charles Ratliff of Brownsburg, IN. and grandchildren Taylor Dixon, Tess and Colin Pate.

A committal of ashes will take place at Fort Logan in Denver, CO sometime during the summer of 2021.

3 Responses to “Clara Ratliff Zerbe”

  • Vicki H Dodson says:

    Miss not going to plays with her

  • Marian Seder says:

    We are so saddened to learn of the death of Clara Zerbe. She was a wonderful lady and dear friend of ours for many years. We visited often at our Church of the Holy Comforter here in Broomfield, we belonged to the same garden club for many years, and when we had many out of town visitors she was kind enough to welcome them to her bed-and-breakfast. We usually visited with her on our yearly trips to Washington. We will certainly miss her and extend our sincere sympathy to her family. Lovingly, Marian Seder & Bob Rudland

  • Diane Zawacki says:

    Oh Michelle, Ron, the girls, and I are so very sorry for your loss. May God’s loving arms where your mother lie bring you peace at this difficult time. Love, hugs, and continuous prayers.

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