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Ruth Childress Murray

Died: July 21, 2018

Ruth Childress Murray died peacefully in her sleep on July 21st, 2018. A native of Baton Rouge, she was born at the old Baton Rouge General Hospital on Government St. on November 4th, 1923. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, John James Murray (Bill) in 1995; her mother, Ora Frances Michael Childress in 1980; her dad,…read more

Ruth Childress Murray died peacefully in her sleep on July 21st, 2018. A native of Baton Rouge, she was born at the old Baton Rouge General Hospital on Government St. on November 4th, 1923. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, John James Murray (Bill) in 1995; her mother, Ora Frances Michael Childress in 1980; her dad, Woody L. Childress in 1966; her brother, Robert W. Childress in 2004; her grandmother, Callie Autry Michael in 1961 and her Grandfather, Henry Martin Michael in 1940. Ruth attended Highland School from grades one through eight and graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1941. She worked as a secretary while attending LSU where she obtained a B.A. in Secretarial Science in 1945. She later earned a M.S. degree in Library Science (1958) and a Master’s degree in Geography (1969), also from LSU. Ruth was a secretary for 13 years before joining the staff of LSU Library in 1958. There she was a librarian and also taught ‘Books and Libraries’ to students of all class levels for 25 years. She loved teaching and many of her students remember her with fondness. She retired from LSU in 1992 after 35 years. As a young girl, Ruth was active in the 4-H club where she learned the art of canning and preserving food. That skill became a passion and she won many awards, including 1st place at the National 4-H competition in Washington D.C. in preservation of food. It was a hobby she would enjoy for the rest of her life. Her fig preserves were a favorite among friends and family. Ruth was a charter member of University Baptist Church on Highland Road, beginning in 1947, along with her mother, Ora Frances Childress. She was an active member of the church and, more recently a participant in the Senior Sunday School Class until she moved to Virginia in September of 2012. Ruth stayed busy in retirement. She volunteered at Highland School, tutoring young readers. She was publicity chairman for the LSU Faculty and Staff Retirees’ Club for several years. She was an active member of the American Association of University Women, the Baton Rouge Music Club, the Louisiana Library Association, the Louisiana Genealogical Association, and the Foundation for Historical Louisiana. She attended monthly luncheons at First Baptist, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist and University Baptist Churches with her friends for many years. She was a member of the XYZ Club of First United Methodist Church. She was a lifetime member of the Baton Rouge Genealogical Society. Ruth enjoyed working in her yard, planting flowers and vegetables. She cut her big lawn with her tiny, riding lawnmower until she was in her mid 80’s. She adored all animals, but especially her rescued cats, Smokey and Snowball. She loved traveling and learning about history and geography along her many paths. Her travels included Scotland, England, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Canada, France, Ireland and the United States. There was nothing more important to Ruth than family. She was a devoted wife, a loving daughter, a protective sister and a doting aunt. She was steadfastly loyal to her family, traveling great distances to attend weddings, graduations, funerals and even small celebrations. The feelings were mutual as Ruth became the cherished matriarch of the Childress family. Left to honor her memory and continue her legacy Ruth is survived by her brother, Lt. Cdr. (Ret.) Michael L. Childress of Norfolk, Va.; nieces Bonnie Childress Touchette and her husband, Dr. Leonard Touchette, (Woodbridge, Va.), and Sherry Childress Uribe and her husband, Tom Uribe, (Virginia Beach, Va.); her nephews Dr. Woody and Kathy Childress (Fort Worth, Tx.), Robert Timothy and Sonja Childress (Waco, Tx), Paul and Tammy Childress (St. Charles, MO), and John Childress (Shreveport, LA.). She is also survived by grandnieces and grandnephews David Touchette, Leigh Anne Viemeister, Lindsay Touchette, Steven Touchette, George Bowden, IV, Justin Childress, Christina Gooch, David Childress. Caleb Childress, Chelsea Marshall, Nathan Childress, and Lauren Conte. In addition she is survived by nine great-great nieces and nephews along with many cousins. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government Street, on Thursday, August 2nd at 11:00 AM. Funeral to follow at 1:00 PM at the Funeral Home Chapel conducted by The Reverend Doctor George Haile. Internment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, Baton Rouge, La.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rabenhorst Funeral Home

Address:

825 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Service Information

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm -

Rabenhorst Funeral Home

Address:

825 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Roselawn Memorial Park

Address:

4045 North Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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