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Ruth R. Rayborn

Ruth R. Rayborn, 89, of Laurel, Mississippi, entered into the arms of Jesus, Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was born Friday, September 19, 1930 in Van, Texas.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Laurel in Laurel, Mississippi. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Laurel and the burial will follow in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Joel Ritchey, (nephew) and Rev. Arlie Rowley (brother-in-law) will officiate. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Laurel is in charge of arrangements. (601) 649-3342

Ruth was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Through her life, she had many talents and loved people. She had jobs as a waitress, sewed in a blanket factory as well as sewing at home, a pilot car service for oversize truck loads, as husband was a truck driver. She worked in the nursery at church in her earlier years and retired as a resident dorm supervisor for the mentally challenged at Milne Home for Girls in New Orleans where she was affectionally known as ‘Mama Ruth’. She always kept busy and loved her jobs and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie James Rayborn, parents, Rev. L. L. and Suvilla Ritchey, son, J. L. Rayborn, daughter, Marilyn Ann Rayborn, grandson, Gregory W. Luter, sisters, Joy Mae Hicks, Mary Etta Torres, brothers, Richard Lluellon Ritchey, Lewis Orbon Ritchey, Dennis ‘DT’ Ritchey, Bobby Lewis Ritchey and Joel David Ritchey, nephews, Sammy Ritchey, Kenny and Dale Kirkendall and Ricky Ritchey.

Survivors include her daughter, Virginia Luter (Keble), sons, Jerry Rayborn (Jennifer), Terry Rayborn (Elizabeth), Paul Rayborn all from Laurel, Harvey Rayborn (Alie) from Byram, grandchildren, Victoria Rayborn Ramagos (Thomas), Heather Rayborn, April Rayborn Little (Dakota), Reagan Rayborn, Alisa Rayborn Hamilton (Tyler), Destiny Reagan Rayborn, Rebekah Rayborn, Jessica Smith, Michael Rayborn, Jeremy Rayborn (Julie), Jonathon Rayborn (Tiffany), Matt Rayborn (Keely), Brent Rayborn (Kala), Marco Smith (Amy), 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter, brother, Mansel Ritchey (Kathleen), sister, Sharon Rowley (Rev. Arlie), daughter-in-law, Linda Jo Rayborn and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jonathon, Matt, Brent, Jeremy Rayborn, Hunter Kitchens, nephew, Ed Ritchey.

Honorary pallbearers will be grandson, Michael Rayborn, nephews, David Ritchey, Donnie Hicks, Danny Hicks, Doyle Hicks.

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Ruth R. Rayborn
September 19, 1930 - December 14, 2019




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