UNION — Ruth Mills, age 87, joined her Heavenly Father and beloved husband Robert in heaven on Nov. 20, 2012. The daughter of Frank Anderson Crenshaw and Ruby (Winfield) Crenshaw, she was born and grew up in the Neshoba Community.
She was predeceased by her parents and siblings Thelma McBeath, John McBeath, Doris (McBeath) Rhodes, and Frank Allen “Sonny” Crenshaw. Left to mourn her sudden and unexpected death are her children: Carol Shrader of Virginia Beach, Va; Lynn Libell and husband Bryan of Florence, Ala.; and Bob Mills and wife Michelle of Jackson.
She had a special love for her grandchildren: Spencer, David, Sarah Katherine and Blake Mills, Mark and Adam Libell and Neal Shrader and his wife Eunhee. She was very excited about the approaching birth of her first great-grandchild. Her nieces and nephews Betty Ethridge, Charles Rhodes, Debbie Broadus and Danny Crenshaw and her sisters-in-law Audrey McBeath and Renate Harris were an important part in her life. She is also mourned by the citizens of Union, the town that she so dearly loved.
Ruth’s daily life revolved around First Baptist Church and its activities. And she proudly shared her faith with others. After she retired from her long term job as bookkeeper for the Kemper/Newton Regional Library System, Ruth was always busy volunteering in the community. Her civic duties continued until the end of her life. She was chosen “Citizen of the Year” by the Union Chamber of Commerce well into her ‘80s. She wrote the Local News Column for the Newton County Appeal for approximately 40 years, writing her last column the day before her death.She played piano for weekly church services at local nursing homes. Past service include serving on the Board of Directors for Laird Hospital.
Ruth was dedicated to the Town of Union’s restoration of historic Boler’s Inn. She was a proud great-great granddaughter of its first owner and proprietor Wesley Boler, joining the Daughters of the American Revolution on his grandfather’s service. Ruth was a part of the initial group that spearheaded the restoration effort and served on the Board of Directors for many years.
Ruth loved flowers and would have been happy to know she was surrounded by them at the end of her life. For those who prefer a memorial donation, gifts may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church of Union.
The family welcomes friends and neighbors to a visitation at Stephens Union Funeral Home from 5 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, Ruth’s birthday, at First Baptist Church of Union. Beginning at 10 a.m. the church will be open for those who wish to say a last farewell to this dear lady. Burial will follow at Neshoba Cemetery, where four generations of the Crenshaw family lie at rest.