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Rachel I. Ranson, 87 Of Pamplin Dies Tuesday

PAMPLIN, March 4 – Rachel Inge Ranson, 87, of Pamplin, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at her residence.

Born in Appomattox County on March 14, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Mary Hamilton Inge and Holmesy Inge, Sr. She was the widow of Harry Wilson Ranson.

Mrs. Ranson was a faithful and dedicated member of Rocks Baptist Church and her community. She retired from Amelia Dress Company.

She is survived by three sons, Harry E. Ranson and wife, Joan, Frank Roy Ranson and Mike Ranson and wife, Betty; three daughters, Louise Roach and husband, Aulden, Mary Edith Morris and husband, Glenn and Ruth Caldwell and husband, Bill all of Pamplin; ten grandchildren, Cindy Shorter, Debbie Lakes, Ken Caldwell, Susan Smith, Patty Rimbey, Billy Caldwell, Amy Martin, Jennifer Walton, Otis Ranson and Amanda Ranson; 17 great grandchildren, Angela, Beverly, William, Kathryn and Rebekah Shorter, Jeremy and Rachel Lakes, Earl and Grayson Rimbey, Josey and Ethan Walton, Jordan Martin, Hannah, Harry, Colleen, Kendall and Leah Caldwell and three caregivers, Esther Braxton, Nancy Woody and Zandra Elder. One brother and sister-in-law, Alice and Holmesy Inge, Jr. preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at Rocks Baptist Church by the Rev. Chris Harbin. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Those wishing to make memorials please consider the American Cancer Society, c/o Ranson Rural Retreat, Rt. 1 Box 55B, Pamplin, VA 23958 or the charity of your choice.