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3124 Robinson Drive
WACO, TX 76706
Phone: 254-662-2131
Fax: 254-662-1311
Nelda Ragsdill

Nelda Jean Ragsdill

Wednesday, September 27th, 1933 - Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
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Nelda Jean Ragsdill, 85, of Waco, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at Greater Waco Baptist Church, 912 TX-340 Loop, Waco, TX, with Pastor Nehemiah Torberson officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 5 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive, Waco.
Jean was born to the Harris family September 27, 1933, in Anna, TX. She was the last of 10 children. She attended school in Anna until she graduated high school. Around 1950 she moved to Waco, TX, where she attended Baylor University. Jean received her Bachelor in Education, with a major in Spanish and a minor in English. She began teaching at Waco Independent School District and retired from there after 47 years. In 1978 Jean married the love of her life, James (Jim) Ragsdill. She and Jim have been members of Greater Waco Baptist Church since 2000. Jean loved children and worked in the children’s ministry and the nursery at the church until she was no longer able. Jean had a life-long passion for animals of all shapes and sizes. She rescued as many as she could and often brought many home. She had many friends and one of their favorite pastimes was shopping. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings.
Jean is survived by her husband, Jim Ragsdill; son, Kenneth Burk; several nieces and nephews; along with many friends.
Special thanks to The Atrium at Bellmead for the special care given to Jean.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jean’s name to Fuzzy Friends Rescue, 6321 Airport Rd, Waco, TX 76708.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Pecan Grove Funeral Home
    3124 Robinson Dr
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 1:00pm
    Greater Waco Baptist Church
    912 Loop 340
    WACO, TX 76705
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  • Interment

    Oakwood Cemetery
    2124 S 5th St.
    WACO, TX 76706
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Janice Stitz Goebel

Posted at 12:11am
Jean was my sixth grade teacher at South Waco Elementary School. She was one of my favorite teachers ever. I was new at that school and she took me under her wing and made my year. May she rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to Mr. Ragsdill and the family. God bless.

Janice Stitz


Posted at 10:42am
My condolences to the Ragsdill family during this difficult time. In the Bible, Jehovah God gives us hope. Acts 24:15 says, “there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” Revelation 21:4 says, “and he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more.” Very soon we will see the fulfillment of these promises here on Earth. We hope you find comfort in God’s promises.

Donna Azbell

Posted at 11:58pm
I am so sorry for the passing of Mrs. Ragsdale .She helped me so much professionally and through difficult times in my life . I worked with her at Carver and G.L. Wiley Middle School.Mrs. Ragsdale was a wonderful and beautiful lady .
She always asked about my family and pets .She gave me a blanket for my dog that was very sick, and I still have the blanket.
My sincerest sympathy to Jimmy and Kenneth.
Donna Azbell

Posted at 11:06pm
She was my teacher at South Waco Elementary School! We met up again years later when she taught at Carver, and I came for the reading program sponsored by the Tribune-Herald. Good times. Rest in peace, Mrs. Ragsdill, you have certainly earned it.

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