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N. Ruth SorrellsPassing: May 21, 2022


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Thursday, May 26th @ 1:00pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Thursday, May 26th @ 11:00am-1:00pm


Huron Cemetery

Thursday, May 26th

BEDFORD –N. Ruth Sorrells, 86, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Stonecroft Health Campus in Bloomington.

Born December 8, 1935, in Coffee County, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Gilbert and Beulah (Wright) Brown. She married William “Bill” Bernard Sorrells November 24, 1956 in Bedford and he preceded her in death October 1, 1999.

Ruth was a homemaker and member of Huron Church of God. She loved to sew, crochet, embroider, and paint. Ruth enjoyed working in her garden and tending to her flowers. She was an ardent fan of words and spent hours doing crossword puzzles, writing in her journal (including her memoir), and translating “Tennessee Talk.” Ruth was an avid poetry writer, some of which were printed in the monthly newsletter at her residence. She filled many notebooks with her writing talent and love of words which were expressed in her poetry.

Survivors include her daughter, Kelly Smith of Mitchell; son, Brian Sorrells of Bedford; special niece, Cathy (Chuck) Burns of Bloomington and their family; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Her parents; husband and his family; siblings, Lucille Raines, Allie Shoults, Verna Sanders, Geneva Anderson, William “Bus” Brown and Donald Brown; and many, many friends preceded her in death. 

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Brian Bolton officiating. Burial will be at Huron Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

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8 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Gail Henson | Bedford, IN
    Date: May 26, 2022
    So sorry for the loss of such a super sweet lady. I enjoyed talking to Ruthie and her friends at Cambridge Square along with on the phone from time to time. Thankful to have known her and know that she no longer has to suffer for each breath and that she's in Heaven. It's not good bye, it's see you later. Prayers for the family.
  2. Guest: Brian Cummings | Avon, IN
    Date: May 26, 2022
    Ruth was an awesome neighbor for many years and always had a funny story to tell. I'm very thankful for the friendship she had with my Mom and Dad. I will never forget the poem she wrote after my Mom passed away a few years ago. Now they can visit with each other, laugh, and tell stories again.
  3. Guest: Teresa (Dykes) Streeval | Bedford Indiana
    Date: May 25, 2022
    Kelly and Brian, I’m so sorry for your loss.
  4. Guest: Alberta Roeder (abby) | Bedford, In.
    Date: May 25, 2022
    Ruth was a very special lady. I grew to love her very much. Heaven gain a very special funny lady! Bye sweet lady
  5. Guest: James W. Diehl | Bedford, IN
    Date: May 24, 2022
    Brian So sorry to learn your Mother has passed. I will remember you and your family in my nightly prayers. Jim Diehl
  6. Guest: Chris Clouse | Bloomington, IN
    Date: May 23, 2022
    So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Prayers for peace and comfort for you all.
  7. Guest: Geraldine & Howard Mathis | McMinnville, TN
    Date: May 23, 2022
    Condolences on Ruth's passing. Many fond memories I hold dear of vacation trips to Tennessee & the siblings getting together. I cherish the many fun, sweet childhood memories.
  8. Guest: DeAnne (Simpson) Wade | Mitchell, IN
    Date: May 23, 2022
    I'm so sorry to hear about Ruth's passing. Hopefully your hearts heal soon.