D’Ella Jo Ratley, 35, of Evansville, Ind., formerly of Mt. Vernon, died 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Carmi.
She was born Saturday, Dec. 3, 1977, in St. Louis, the daughter of June “Judy” (Rogers) Kirkland. She married Shawn Ratley on Dec. 13, 2004, in Marion.
D’Ella worked as a classroom teacher at Malones Early Learning Center in Carterville.
She is survived by her husband, Shawn Ratley of Evansville, Ind.; three sons, Jayston Wright of Evansville, Ind., Daniel Fullerton of Evansville, Ind. and William Thomas Nelson Ratley of Evansville, Ind.; daughter, Briana Fullerton of Evansville, Ind.; two brothers, Bruce Kirkland and wife Carol of Tucson, Ariz. and Randy Kirkland and wife Barb of St. Louis; two sisters, Valinda Kirkland of Paoli Peaks, Ind. and Robin Prather and husband Danny of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews, including Sierra Mitchell, Marissa Shick and Hayle Shick.
She was preceded in death by her mother and her cousin, Cassell Stewart.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. David Schlag officiating. In honor of D’Ella’s wishes, following services she will be cremated.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Ratley family for the care of her children and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.