Sonja Kay Ragsdale

Sonja Kay Ragsdale
Sonja Kay Ragsdale

Sonja Kay Ragsdale, 81, of Stratford, Texas passed away on December 22, 2023.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, January 4, 2024, at the Stratford Methodist Church with Todd Dyess officiating. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Sonja was born in Floydada, Texas on April 21, 1942, to Opal Mae (Moody) and Clarence Albert Guffee. Sonja graduated from Floydada High School in 1960 and West Texas State College in Canyon, TX in 1963 with a BS in Elementary Education.  She met her husband Robert at WT in January of 1961. Sonja & Robert were married at the First Baptist Church in Floydada, TX November 23, 1961. Sonja taught 3rd Grade in Stratford 1963-1964 and their first son Rhett Ragsdale was born on October 27, 1964, in Dumas, TX. Sonja and Robert lived in Anchorage, Alaska from June 1965 to December 1966. She taught 3rd Grade in Stratford in 1967 & 1968 then the family moved to Spearman where she taught 1st Grade in Spearman, TX in 1968 & 1969. Their second son Richard Ragsdale was born May 5, 1970, in Spearman, TX

She and Robert moved back to the Family Farm in Stratford on November 3, 1973. Sonja returned to teaching 3rd Grade full-time in 1981 until 2001 when she retired. After retiring from teaching Sonja volunteered her time at the Stratford Community Thrift Store.

She enjoyed spending her time with her family and friends.  She also enjoyed spending time at the family Cabin in Eagles Nest, NM, and traveling to Tucson, AZ, & Leakey, TX with her Husband. Sonja & Robert were married for 62 wonderful years.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence & Opal Guffee who passed in 1997;  and her brother Corkey Guffee who passed in 2020.

She is survived by her loving husband Robert Ragsdale; oldest son’s family Rhett & Tracy Ragsdale of Canyon, TX; grandson’s family, Reid, Sabrae, Rafe & Scotlyn of Canyon, TX; grandson Ryan Ragsdale of Canyon, TX; and youngest son Richard Ragsdale of Stratford, TX.

The family suggests memorials be made to Stratford Community Thrift Store or Medical Center League House of Amarillo.

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3 Replies to “Sonja Kay Ragsdale”

  1. Sonja was a wonderful teacher, colleague, and friend. My own children were enriched by her teaching skills and creativity. They loved having her as their third grade teacher.
    While working with her at Mary Allen Elementary in Stratford we had so many good times, laughs, and her support during some tough times was so appreciated . I will treasure those memories always.
    Sending prayers of love and comfort to you, Robert, Rhett, Tracey, Richard and all of the family. Sonja was indeed a treasure and will be remembered for being so very special.

  2. I have so many fond memories from Mrs. Ragsdale’s 1984-1985 3rd grade class. It was a true privilege. Everything from her fun and supportive measures with our show and tell time (my first experience eating canned sardines & crackers) to her cutting out some time to read us fun stories in the afternoons (most memorable are the Ramona books by Beverly Clearly). She made such a positive and long lasting impression on me and so many of her students. Praying for comfort and peace for the Robert, Rhett, Richard, and the entire Ragsdale family. She was a very special person.

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