Created on Thursday, 04 July 2013 10:53 Published Date
Gloria T. (Orlando) Ratcliff, 89, a lifelong resident of Billings, died June 28, 2013, at the Billings Clinic.
Her parents, August and Angelina Orlando, immigrated from Italy in the early 1900s, and she was born on Oct. 28, 1923, the ninth sibling in a family of 10.
She was in the first graduating class of the new Senior High School in 1941, then attended Johnston School of Business. Early employment was at the downtown Woolworth, and she also worked for an insurance firm as a secretary. She was employed with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs before getting married.
She married Edward “Eddy” Ratcliff on Jan. 8, 1955, in St. Patrick’s Church.
She was a full-time mother for many years and, starting in the early 1970s, worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (Mining Division) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. She retired in 1985 after more than 20 years of government service and was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees for many years.
She was known for her spaghetti and meatball dinners and was involved in league bowling.
She had received care from Billings Clinic and from Canyon Creek Memory Care facility in Billings.
Survivors include sons, Dave of Ellensburg, Wash., and Joe of Billings; a grandson; a great-grandson; a stepgreat-granddaughter; and a sister, Margaret Pickett, and a brother, Bob Orlando, both from Billings.
Visitation was July 1, and Vigil Service was July 2, both at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. July 3 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will be in Mountview Cemetery. Reception will follow committal at St. Thomas. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.