On Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 at 1:57 p.m. the clouds of pain and sorrow lifted as the good Lord opened his arms and embraced a true angel on earth, Ruth Elizabeth Bradley at the age of 97 years, three months and 13 days. Ruth was a resident of Cotton Valley for 67 years.
She was born in the Hephzibah Community, Arkansas to James William Howard and Elizabeth Cochran Bradley on June 3, 1914. Ruth was the youngest of 11 children.
On Nov. 5, 1932, Ruth married her childhood sweetheart, Gene Dailey in Emerson, Arkansas. Ruth and Gene were married 50 years at the time of Gene's death. They were not only husband and wife, but lifelong best friends.
Ruth attended Walkerville High School where she played basketball. Later in her life, she achieved her florist license from Louisiana State University. Ruth's yard was always a flower bouquet. She loved her flowers and her flower shop. Her friends would go to the post office then cross the street to sit and rock in her rocking chair at her flower shop just to visit.
She is preceded in death by her parents; six brothers; and four sisters. The love of her life, Gene, died April 14, 1982. Her son that she was so deeply proud of, Dr. George W. Dailey, died Dec. 31, 2004.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Vicki Holloway and husband, Robert, of Minden; daughter-in-law, Patricia Dailey of Nacogdoches, Texas; grandson, Brad Carrigan and wife, Holli of Minden; granddaughter, Kristi Carrigan Cawthon and husband, Casey of Caddo Mills, Texas.
Ruth had five great-grandchildren, Briton, Ireland, Grayson, Peyton and Eastland. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and wonderful neighbors and friends.
Visitation was held at the Cotton Valley United Methodist Church, where she was a member for 67 years, Sept. 18, 2011 from 4 until 6 p.m. Funeral services will also be at the Cotton Valley First United Methodist Church today (Monday, Sept. 19, 2011) at 2 in the afternoon. The Rev. Bryan Dauphin and the Rev. Kenneth Dehart will be presiding over the service. Burial will follow at Cotton Valley Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. of Springhill.
A special thank you to Town and Country Nursing Home Staff for the love and care given to Ruth during her stay.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Mike Ketchins, Jerry Freppon, Kenneth Dailey, Bill Dailey, Sherwood Phillips and Edwin Phillips. Honorary pallbearers are "Bud" Avant, Willard Cox, Frank Brown, Billy Redding, Alvis Coleman, Charlie Jackson and Herman Phillips.
Ruth loved her flowers. Please honor her memory with them.
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