Grace A. Rutledge

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Born 5-13-1914 -- Died 8-11-2004

Grace A. Rutledge, 90, was born May 13, 1914, near Thomasville, Mo., the daughter of John and Nora Davis Wilcox and died on Aug. 11, 2004, at West Vue Nursing Center in West Plains.

She married Oather Edward "Doc" Rutledge Sr. May 23, 1934, at Alton, Mo. Her entire life was devoted to her children and family. She was known for her excellent cooking and kindness to her neighbors.

Survivors include 10 children -- Patricia (John) Lockett of Cahokia, Ill., Joe(Connie) Rutlede and John (Nickie) Rutledge, both of Staunton, Va., Mary (Bill) Entenman of Thayer, Mo., Sharron Rutledge Rauch of West Plains, Mo., Elizabeth (Harold) Lampley of Brandsville, Mo.; Rhonda (Marshall) Collins of Camp, Ark., Randy (Linda) Rutledge of Rochelle, Ill., Barbara (Rodney) Brogdan of Du Funiak Springs, Fla., and Dennis "Rusty" (Linda) Rutledge of Mt. Morris, Ill.; a daughter-in-law, Betrie Rutledge of Warrenton, Mo.; two sisters -- Alice Griffith of Alton and Opal Reser of Mountain Grove; six sisters-in-law -- Vera Wilcox of Baton Rouge, La., Barbara Wilcox of North Carolina, Necy Chowning of Mountain View, Mo., Laura Ann "Toots" Woodard state of California; Merrell Wallace of Winona, Mo., and Lavern Rutledge of Birch Tree, Mo.; 39 grandchildren 58-great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Oather Edward Jr.; a daughter, Lucille Reeves; two sons-in-law -- Gene Reeves and John Black; two great-grandchildren -- Robert Raines and Jessica Gills; three brothers -- Lee, Elvie, and Eugene Wilcox; four sisters -- Lelia Baker, Mary Cooper, Ruth Cockrell and Bonnie Reeves Falls.

The funeral was Aug. 16 at First Baptist Church in Birch Tree, Mo., with the Rev. Ray Taylor officiating. Interment was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Birch Tree with arrangements under the direction of Yarber Mortuary of Mountain View.