Debra Ratley

August 12, 1959 - April 27, 2014
Debra Ratley

Debra L. Ratley, age 54, of Leland passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

She was born August 12, 1959 in Wilmington, North Carolina the daughter of Peggy Scoggins Limos and the late Teofilo “Pepe” Espinoza-Limos, Sr.

Debra enjoyed spending time in her garden, fishing and making jewelry. She was devoted to her family and was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be deeply missed by all.

Surviving are her mother, Peggy Limos; son, Ron Ratley, Jr.; daughter, Jessica Nicole Rittler and husband Daniel E. Rittler; grandchildren, Rachel, Nathan and Annabel Rittler; brothers, David Limos, Sr., E. Alex Limos and Teofilo “ Phil” Limos, Jr.; and numerous other loving family members.

A funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1874 Maco Road NE, Leland, NC 28451 with Pastor Jerry Clark officiating. Interment will follow in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

A special thanks to the staff and doctors at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their wonderful care of Debra throughout her illness.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Village Road Chapel, 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451. 910.383.3511


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  • April 29, 2014
    Denise Hunsinger says:
    Heaven has gained another angel. It was an honor to have known Debra.

  • April 29, 2014
    Misty Roohi says:
    To Peggy and all of Debbie's loved ones, I know words bring little comfort when you lose someone you love so dearly but know that many thoughts and prayers are with you. -- Misty

  • June 12, 2014
    Stephanie Horn says:
    Debbie was a "one of a kind" person. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. She looked for the good in people and not the bad. Her kindness will live forever in those that she shared her life with. Debbie became part of my life over 37 years ago and remained a special person to me thru out the years. She was like family to me and I will miss her greatly. Heaven gained a new Angel !

  • May 03, 2014
    Dr. Phillip Murray says:
    Words alone cannot explain the sorrow I feel for your family at this time. Debra was a sweet, dear friend who will be greatly missed by all who's lives she touched. Please know that the family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you move forward as Debra would want you to... and as you come to grips with the brevity of life. May the Lord bless you and may He bring you peace in the midst of this storm. May He hold you tightly to Himself and show you the love that only He can.

  • April 30, 2014
    Karen Beatty-Phinazee says:
    Please accept my sincere condolences. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Debbie. We were in high school together and had a beautiful spirit and personality. I remember her beautiful smile. My prayers are with your entire family.