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Mother Ida Mae Ruth
Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

Celebration of Life


Mother Ida Mae Ruth

June 25, 1923~April 4, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Twelve O'clock Noon

Peeks Chapel Baptist Church

3185 Old Salem Road

Conyers, Georgia 30013

Rev. James H. Battle, Pastor, Eulogist

Rev.  Joyce Ann Frazier, Presiding

Assisted By Others


     Mother Ida Mae Ruth was born on June 25, 1923 in Soperton, Georgia. She was the daughter of Mr.  James Pierce and Mrs. Viola Pierce-McClendon and was raised by her mother and loving stepfather, Mr. Sam McClendon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. John W. Ruth, her first husband, Mr. Edward Walker and siblings, Birdie Lee Knight-Beach, Gertrude Franklin, Everlean Alexander, Roscoe Pierce, Ezzie Edwards, Willie D. McClendon, Robert McClendon, Roger McClendon, Rufus McClendon, John T. McClendon and Easter Toler.

      Mother Ruth graduated from Treutlen County High School,  and then taught primary school for several years. As a young woman, she moved to Savannah where she would spend most of her life. She was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church and later spent 32 years as a member of the Pentecostal Holiness of the Church of God in Christ where she served on the Mother Board and as a local missionary. After relocating to Stone Mountain, she became a member of Peek's Chapel Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia.

      Mother Ruth loved to stay busy and was known for lending a helping hand whenever she could. Throughout her life, she channeled her love for others into her work, serving at times as a private duty for the elderly and as a nanny for young children. In her free time, she would often crochet blankets and donate them to local nursing homes. Mother Ruth maintained a joyful spirit and her infectious laugh, love for dancing, constant smile and sense of humor will be dearly missed.

       She is survived by her son, Willie  James Walker, of New York, two daughters, Gwendolyn Robinson (Willie Lee), of Savannah, Georgia and Novelia Treadwell (Charles), of Stone Mountain, Georgia, two sisters, Sudie Lee Robinson (Robbie), of Staten Island, N.Y. and  Annette Richards (Ernest), of Tuskegee, AL., 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren, 3 sisters-in-law, Annie Willie Ruth, Sarah McClendon and Ramona McClendon, one brother-in-law, Robert Ruth (Eloise)  and a host of treasured nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.



Green Meadow Memorial Gardens

699 American Legion Road

Conyers, Georgia 30012


Grandsons ~ Great Grandsons

Floral Attendants
 Granddaughters ~ Great Granddaughters


Perhaps you came today, and sat quietly in a chair; perhaps you didn't come at all, but whispered a little prayer. Whatever it was that you have done, to show your love today, we thank you for the love you've shown toward us along the way.
                           May God bless each of you.
                                       The Family