December 26, 1949 ~ September 17, 2022

Esther Lee Willis Rattz, 72, of Sanford, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at First Health Hospice House.

The family received friends on Monday, September 26, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Lee Memory Gardens, with Pastor Nicholas C. Smiley officiating.

She was born in Morehead City, the daughter of the late Earl Thompson Willis and Mable Ramona Lawrence Willis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clayborn Earl Rattz; brothers, Earl Thompson Willis Jr., Carter Ray Willis, and stepson, Timothy Edward Rattz. She was active in Girl Scouts for many years as a leader or co-leader. She was a member and attended Faith Bible Church in Sanford.

Esther Lee is survived by a daughter, Catherine “Kay” Willis of Sanford; two stepdaughters, Kathy Rattz Thomas of Broadway and Belinda Rattz Holt of Olivia; stepson, Clayborn Michael Rattz of Sanford; eleven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

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