Ruthy Heath, 87, of Gideon, Mo., died Thursday, July 10, 2008, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.
Born May 24 1921, in Gamaliel, Ark., she was the daughter of the late William H. and Julie Katherine Henson Payne.
On Jan. 11, 1941, in Malden, Mo., she married Hurshel Lee Heath, who preceded her in death on March 2, 1995 She was also preceded in death by one son, Earl Heath; five brothers, Lloyd, Bob, Roy, Jay and Merle Payne and two sisters, Rubie and Nellie Payne.
Survivors include one son, Merle Heath and wife, Venita, of Kennett; one brother, Ralph Payne, of Gideon; one sister, Rose Till, of Kennett; five grandchildren, Ronnie and Chris Heath, Robin Young and Ellen Montgomery, all of St. Louis, Mo., and Laura Heath, of Kennett; none great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 12, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with Bro's Bruce Benson and Cleo Payne officiating.
Burial was in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery at Clarkton, Mo.
Pallbearers were Scott Haywood, Ronnie and Lannie Morgan, Robert Young, Gary Koeler and Noble Shaver.