Her parents, John and Maggie Mayberry, her siblings, Ray Mayberry, Alma Vessell, and Edith Russell, and her husbands, Ronald Looney and John Shipman preceded her in death.
She is survived by one son, Ron Looney and wife, Pat, of Jonesboro, Ark.; one daughter, Patty Driscoll and husband, Mike, of Germantown, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Chris Looney and wife, Jenny, Sara Looney, Tim Driscoll and wife, Amy, and Michelle Driscoll Lawrence; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ruth has lived in the Memphis area for the last seven years. However, in her heart Kennett has always been home. She was born in Kennett on July 28, 1913, and lived there for 91 years. It was where her most memorable life experiences with family, friends, career and church took place.
Ruth's professional life began in 1931 at the age of 18. She was a the teacher at Bar Camp School, a one-room schoolhouse consisting of grades 1-8. Throughout the years she continued teaching in rural schools while pursuing her degree in Elementary Education. She received her degree from Arkansas State College in 1960. She then began teaching fourth grade in the Kennett Public School System. Her last assignment prior to retirement was principal/fourth grade teacher at West Elementary School. She retired in 1979. Former students have often attributed their life-long love of reading and books to "Mrs. Looney". Students would look forward to the time after lunch when she would read to them. They said she made the books come to life. No higher compliment could be paid to a dedicated teacher.
After her retirement, Ruth was able to travel to places she had always wanted to visit. Her travels took her to many places throughout the continental United States and to Hawaii and Alaska as well. Her most memorable trip was when she toured The Holy Lands.
Ruth was very active in the community. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she taught a Sunday School class. She was initiated into the Eastern Star, Kennett Chapter 211 in 1934. She was active in her professional organizations as well as the Lion's Club, Shrine Club and volunteer activities.
Ruth lived a wonderfully full and blessed life. Her strong faith in God, her commitment to family, her strength of character and her belief that in all people there is good have endeared her to the hearts of all who came to know her.
Although her passing will leave a void in our lives we take comfort in knowing that she is reuniting with her loved ones who have gone before her.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27, at McDaniel Funeral Service in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 27, at McDaniel Chapel in Kennett with Rev. Ed Jansson officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Kennett.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.