Ruth A. White (84) of Kearney, Arizona, formerly of Effingham


Published on May 25 2012 4:20 pm

Ruth Annabelle White, 84, of Kearney, Arizona, formerly of Effingham, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10am at Griffith Mortuary in Kearney, Arizona.  Visitation will be from 9-10am Tuesday.  Burial in Moutain View Cemetery.

She was born April 22, 1928 to Chester and Anna (Williams) White. (Ruth was the 7th of 10 children.)  Ruth married Jesse L. White on September 6, 1944. Jess and Ruth had 4 children: Jimmy, Charles, Williams and Patsy while living in Illinois. In 1951 they moved to Wichita, Kansas where Vicky and Mike were born. A few years later they moved their family to Winkelman, Arizona, where Jesse worked in the copper mines and they had Deborah, Janet and Jesse, Jr. to complete their family.

Ruth was a stay-at-home mother until Jess passed away in February 1971 at the age of 44. Ruth then had to work outside of her home to make ends meet. Ruth worked at a café in Winkelman and the Bull Pen Café in Hayden, until September 1976, when she moved back to Illinois to help take care of her ailing father. She worked as a waitress at the Steak House in Effingham, then as a housekeeper for Jack Graham. She also worked at Petty Printing Co. for several years and her last job was at Wal-Mart. She retired at 70 and moved back to Mesa, Arizona, where she lived with her son “Bill” until her death. Ruth loved reading, doing crafts, sewing, traveling, and giving to others. Ruth was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Effingham until moving to Mesa, where she attended Red Mountain Christian Center. Ruth loved God with all her heart and spent much time reading and praying. She loved spending time with her family. Ruth was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Ruth was a loving, caring, kindhearted, giving woman. She put others before herself, up until the day of her death she was concerned with the welfare of her children.

Survivors are sons: James (Jim) (Cheryl) White of Bullhead, Arizona; William (Bill) White of Mesa, Arizona; Michael (Mike) (Gloria) White of Safford, Arizona; and Jesse (Butch) (Sheila) White of Edgewood, Illinois. Daughters Patsy Aranda of Mesa; Vicky (Rudy) Quesada of Hayden, Arizona; Debbie (Russ) Stice of Effingham, Illinois; Janet Tucker of Effingham, Illinois; and daughter-in-law Leonor White of Mesa, Arizona. Brothers Melvin (Beth) White of Springfield, Illinois; and Ronald (Barbara) White of Effingham, Illinois; Sisters Delores (Carl) Lucas of Tolono, Illinois; and Una (Delano) Tish of St. Elmo, Illinois. 42 grandchildren, 78 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, her parents Chester and Anna, her husband Jess, son Charles, son-in-law Richard (Rock) Aranda, brothers Gerald and wife Francis, Everett and wife EvaLee, sisters Thelma and husband Vernon Fuller, Mildred and husband Gernon Osmond, Mary and husband Homer Handreth, niece Sylvia Lawson and several nephews.

Ruth will be greatly missed, but we have peace knowing she is in Heaven praising our Lord Jesus Christ.