Ratcliffe, Joyce Nichols

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Joyce Imogene Nichols Ratcliffe, 79, of Christiansburg, died Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Calvin and Emma Hutton Nichols and her husband, a past employee of Hercules, Inc., Robert Lee Ratcliffe.

She was a past employee of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where she worked in various departments in administrative support services, as well as in Student Legal Services as a legal secretary. Joyce enjoyed gardening, growing vegetables and flowers during the summer months. She also liked bowling, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and crosswords. In her latter years, she cared for her ailing parents and husband.

Surviving are her two daughters, Gwen Ratcliffe of Christiansburg and Lisa Camp of Radford; a grandson, James Camp of Radford; a sister, Lena Jean Bain of Christiansburg; and a niece, Terry Duncan of the New River Valley.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from 12 to 2 p.m. at DeVilbiss Funeral Home in Radford with funeral services to follow directly after with the Reverend Jerry Gibson officiating. Interment will follow at West View Cemetery in Radford.

It is suggested those desiring make memorial contributions to the local rescue squad or the humane society.

DeVilbiss Funeral Home in Radford is in charge of arrangements.