Slusher, Ruth Ann

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Miss Ruth Ann Slusher passed away at home on June 12, 2014. She was born at the home place on Rush Fork on December 10, 1921 to Roger Oliver and Pearl Sutphin Slusher. She and her five siblings grew up on the farm where she assisted three generations of Slusher farmers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, R.O. Slusher Jr.; and her sisters, Neva Slusher Simmons, Edith Pearl Slusher, and Mary Lou Slusher Shelor.

As a third generation teacher, Ruth Ann graduated from Radford State Teachers College and taught business classes for 47 years in the county. She was a member of the Floyd County Retired Teachers. Ruth Ann had been an active member of Willis United Methodist Church since the mid 1940s. She loved her church and served there in many capacities, including being the treasurer for a number of years. Gardening, knitting, sports and reading were among her lifelong pleasures. She was happiest being with family and dear friends, including those she was looking forward to seeing this weekend at their 74th Willis Class of 1940 reunion.

She is survived by her sister, Jewel Slusher McDanel as well as by the Simmons, Slusher, McDanel and Shelor nieces, nephews; great and great-great nieces and nephews and a number of cousins. For us, Ruth Ann will always be the heart of our family.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Darlene Marshall officiating. Interment to follow at Jacksonville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donations be made to the Willis United Methodist Church, 5671 Floyd, Hwy South, Willis, VA 24380.

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