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A lifelong resident of Ava Ruth Gentry Ewing, the daughter of Milton and Mary (Ray) Ross, was born on June 23, 1917 in Del Norte, Colo., and passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on July 22, 2007, at the age of 90.
Ruth moved to the Arno area at the age of 9 and was a lifelong resident of Ava. She was baptized in Beaver Creek as a young girl. She was faithful to the First General Baptist Church until declining health prevented her from attending.
On May 22, 1934, Ruth and Colman Gentry were united in marriage. They were married 41 years, and during that time, operated a dairy farm west of Ava. Mr. Gentry preceded her in death in 1975.
In 1979 Ruth and Cleo Ewing were married, and for the next 16 years of their retirement, they enjoyed traveling, fishing and gardening.
Ruth was preceded in death by both husbands; an infant son, Joe Leon Gentry; two sisters, Ruby Townlain and Sylvia Bellinger, two brothers, Elmer and Edwin Ross; a son-in-law, Ron Johnson; and a granddaughter, Tracy Murphy.
Her survivors include her two daughters, Wanda Murphy and husband, Max, Ava, and Glenda Johnson, Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Carla and Leslie Stillings, Ava, Rodney Sexton, New York City, N.Y., and Jan and Brent Fleischman, Nixa; five great-grandchildren, Justin and Brandy Stillings, Lance and Mindy Stillings, Kyle and Rayna Stillings and Taylor and Cole Fleischman; four great-great-grandchildren, Ally, Railey, Reagan and Kaelyn Stillings.
Ruth had an extended family of special caregivers: Ann, Nita, Venita, Lena, Helen and Beulah.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with the Rev. Robert Roberts officiating. Visitation was from 10 a.m. until service time. Interment was in the Denney Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Denney Cemetery or the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome. com.