Ruthie Dell Dawn was born on February 14, 1945, in Sparkman, Arkansas to the late Mae Bell Blevins and Odell Wesley. She was a child with a bubbly personality who grew into a loving and caring woman.
Ruthie graduated high school and set off to attend college where she completed certification classes in the culinary arts program. From there she felt prepared to start her life and family. Her love of cooking and children led her to work in her career in the Hot Springs School District as a dedicated employee in the school district’s culinary department and bus transportation. She retired after 35 years of faithful service.
She was a member of the East Congregation at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She enjoyed hearing and reading God’s word. She often carried a Bible with her anywhere she went. Ruthie, affectionately known as “Nana” loved life and people. She was a very outgoing person who seemed to never meet a stranger. Her love for her family surpassed all the love she had in the world. Her children and all her grandchildren were her worlds. She was so kind-hearted and loved helping others. She had a gentle yet firm personality that helped her be able to talk with anyone. She was a child at heart and enjoyed having fun with her family and friends and even watching cartoons when she wasn’t enjoying listening to good blues songs as she went about her day.
On Friday, April 9, 2021, at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, AR, the Lord called Ruthie home to rest. She was in her 76th season of a life well-lived. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Olfria Dell Kelly, and great-grandchild Wale Anderson.
Survivors include her sister, Irma Ward; daughter, Belitha Counts, of Hot Springs, Arkansas; son, Walter Dawn, Sr. (Connie), of Mesquite, Texas; grandchildren, Rulitha Counts (David), Constance Dawn, Racquel Dawn, Xzavier Anderson, and Walter Dawn Jr.and great-grandchildren, Maliyah Nealey, Jasmeynon Brown, Arianna Jones, Khailen Anderson, and Walter Dawn III.
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