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Vatra Solomon

Vatra SolomonVatra Solomon, teacher, business woman and trusted aide to Texas Senator and Lieutenant Governor Bill Ratliff, died Tuesday, May 22, in Mount Pleasant.


A memorial service was Sunday, May 27, at First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant, where she had been a longtime member. Burial was at the Mount Vernon City Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Bates Cooper Sloan Funeral Home.
Ms. Solomon taught school in Dallas and Mount Vernon and worked for the Texas State Teachers Association for 16 years before joining her father’s insurance business and opening Solomon Insurance in Mount Pleasant in 1983. In 1988 she joined the Bill Ratliff for Texas State Senate campaign. With his election she was appointed Executive Assistant to Senator Ratliff in Austin and Mount Pleasant, and continued to serve when he became Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 2001.
“Her service to my office doesn’t begin to capture the importance she had in advising and consulting with other public figures in Austin,” Governor Ratliff said.  “And she became something of a confidant to other staffers as well as public officials. Vatra was an able friend for all to turn to.  She will be missed.”
After Governor Ratliff’s retirement, she worked for Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn as East Texas Outreach Coordinator, then for Eric Wright and Associates, an Austin government relations consulting firm.
Ms. Solomon served as president of both the Mount Vernon and the Mount Pleasant Chambers of Commerce. She was appointed by Governor Mark White to serve as a member of the Sulphur River Basin Authority. In 2001 she was selected to be the first recipient of the Betty King Award for Legislative Staff Service.
Vatra Grace Solomon was born October 3, 1946, in Commerce, Texas, to Neal and Barbara Connelly Solomon. She is a 1964 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and earned her BS degree in elementary education and music from East Texas State University in 1968.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Nila and Louis B. Williams, Jr. of Austin; brother and sister-in-law Jim and Jennifer Solomon of Mount Vernon and her sons Jacob and  Daniel Lambie; nieces Amy and Steve Bresnen, Mary Elen Williams and Connelly and Joey Breeland, all of Austin; great niece Kate Breeland; nephew Andrew Solomon and wife Kali Rogers of Los Angeles, Calif.
Also surviving are cousins David Bolger and wife Mary Lynn and Mary Rosalind Abero and husband Inaudi Abero and son Edu, all of Scottsdale, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant.