Ruth S. Van Horn, 84, Brazil, died Nov. 30, 3:47 p.m., at Cloverleaf Healthcare Facility, following a short illness.
She was born June 2, 1924, in Cullman, Ala., the daughter of Charles and Lena Jones Sawyer.
On Aug. 20, 1944, she married Glenn A. Van Horn. They moved to Clay City in 1949. Ruth always considered Clay City her second home. She enjoyed being with her husband's family and their many friends. They moved to Brazil in 1955. They lived in the Clay County Jail from 1955-1970 during Glen's terms as deputy and sheriff. Ruth served as the matron of the jail. They later established Van Horn Realty where they both worked until retirement in 1980. Glenn preceded her in death on May 24, 1987.
Ruth was a past member of the Clay City Eastern Star, a current member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority, was active in Christ Community Church and had always been active in the Democrat Party in Clay County. She served as precinct committee person, worked on the election board and supervised absentee voting. In her retirement years, she volunteered in the office of the Clay County Co-operative Benevolence Ministry. She worked tirelessly to help many families in Clay County.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Charlotte Van Horn, Arkansas, daughter and son-in-law Brenda and Mike Stallcop, Brazil, one sister Polly Huckeba, Birmingham, Ala., grandchildren Meredith Cobb and husband Kevin, Fowler, Ind., Lindsay Williams and husband Dr. Mark Williams, Shelbyville, Ind., and Tod, Tifani, and TeiAnn, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers John R. Sawyer, Braxton Sawyer, H.G. Sawyer and George Sawyer and sister Evelyn McGeehee.
Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m., at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, with Pastor Rick Wetnight officiating. Burial will follow at Sink Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
If friends so desire, monetary donations should be directed to the Clay County Co-Operative Benevolence Ministry. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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