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September 15, 1934 - December 2, 2017
Ruth Ann Ingram King, (aka “Nanny, Muzzie, Mutt-Mutt) died peacefully at age 83, at her residence in Paris, Texas. A memorial service celebrating Ruth Ann’s life will be held at Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris, Texas on December 8, 2017. Friends and family visitation is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with the memorial service following at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel.
Ruth Ann will be remembered as having lived her favorite life motto:
“I believe we have a purpose in life to serve – not ourselves, but others.” RAK
She carried this creed in her heart for all her family and friends. She also modeled it in her many years of tireless service and work throughout her community. She started work full time in 1953, having worked several places including: Bookkeeper at Margraves Drug; Administrative Office Manager for C. Price and Son for 24 years; Lamar County Chamber of Commerce; and Executive Assistant at Merico Packaging for additional 17 years. Her boundless energy allowed her to further serve others. She was an active member in the Business & Professional Women’s Organization, Lamar County Historical Society, United Fund Chairperson, Paris Education Foundation, Parent-Teachers Association, Co-Chairman of Paris High School Class Reunions, and the Elks Club. Closest to her heart however, was her time spent with Special Olympics. Ruth Ann also served as Secretary of Spring Lake Baptist Church Mission of First Baptist. Ruth Ann made her profession of faith at a very early age and attended First Baptist Church beginning in 1949.
Ruth Ann met Jimmie M. King in Paris, Texas and married her blue-eyed, paratrooper, “Jimbo” in 1955, and they maintained their dedicated, loyal commitment for 42 years until parted by his death. Ruth Ann also devoted her heart to only son, Rhett, and granddaughter, Natalie. She loved watching Rhett and Jimbo play baseball and was renowned for her “home-cookin”, happy entertaining and loved all holidays – especially Christmas and 4th of July. Ruth Ann always had some “grub” fixed for whomever Jimbo and Rhett decided to bring by the house. She welcomed anyone and everyone with her Southern hospitality and her Northeast, Texas charm. After retirement, Ruth Ann enjoyed flying, continued dancing, and loved to shop the Flea Market to train her granddaughter, Natalie, in the “Art of Bargaining”. An avid Texas Longhorn fan, attending 28 –“Texas vs. O.U. Shoot-Outs”, she admitted to becoming an Ole Miss Rebel as well, when Natalie began attending college there.
Ruth Ann is survived by her son, Rhett King and wife, Melodie Heath Ray King of Lago Vista, Texas, granddaughter, Natalie Ray King, (“The love of her life”), Austin, Texas, her brother, Scott Ingram, Charleston, Texas. Nephews, Shane Ingram, Rio Ingram, Jason Ingram , Matt Ingram, all of Charleston, Texas, Garet Ingram, niece, Cynthia Lynn Ingram Benefield – all of whom she considered her children. Her sister-in-law, Carolyn Slagle and husband Jody, and her sister-in-law, Glenna Ingram. Many great nieces and nephews as well as great-great nieces and nephews. Preceded in death were her parents, her husband, Jimmie King, her brother, Bob (Chief) Ingram, sister-in-law, Dee Ingram, brother, Tommy Ingram, nephew, Steve Ingram, and nephew, Tony Slagle.
Contributions may be made to Special Olympics, Down Syndrome Society or Charleston United Methodist Church, Cooper, Texas.
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all people you can, as long as ever you can.” Ruth Ann King
Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home- Paris
730 Clarksville Street