Funeral services for Ruth Alice Pell Stokes, 84, of Greenville will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 11 at Boone-Smith Funeral Home. She died Sunday, March 5 at her home. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens under the direction of Boone Funeral Home.
Ruth was born April 5, 1932 in Hazlehurst, MS. She graduated from Glen Allan High School where she excelled in basketball and met the love of her life, Albert C. Stokes, Jr. They married on July 3, 1951.
Ruth was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where she taught children Sunday School Class, worked in the nursery and sang in the choir.
Ruth, known as Momma, Ru Ru and Granny was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Her passion in life was to care and nurture her family which she did with the love of Christ and disciplined them with care and wisdom. That same love was shown to the neighborhood children who also loved her and called her Momma Ruth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore and Francis Pell, and Beatrice Bailey, husband, Albert C. Stokes, Jr., sisters, Irene Kent, Christine Hodges, Callie Stokes and Linda Pearce and one brother, Theodore Pell, Jr.
She is survived by her son, Al Stokes III (Susan) of Greenville; daughter, Becki Stokes Cooper (Chuck) of Greenville; 2 granddaughters, Trice Putman (Matthew) of Greenville and Renah Stewart (Phil) of Jonesboro, AR; 2 grandsons, Clint Stokes of Memphis, TN and Clay Stokes of Greenville; 5 great-grandchildren, Morgan Cook, Allie Wuestenhoefer, Philip Ryan Stewart, Sydney Wuestenhoefer and Anna Reid Wuestenhoefer; sister, Sue Hill (John) of Meridian, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives, caregiver Chance Owens and friends.
Special thanks to Ashton Campbell and Grace Hospice for their care, concern and love during her last days.
There will be visitation one hour prior to services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mutt Madness, 102 Morgan Road, Greenville, MS 38701 or a charity of your choice in memory of our mom, Ruth Stokes.