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Ruth Louise PruettPassing: May 17, 2021


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Saturday, May 22nd @ 2:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Saturday, May 22nd @ 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Mitchell Cemetery

Saturday, May 22nd

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”  – Proverbs 31:30

Ruth Louise (Slater) Pruett was charming, beautiful and truly worthy of praise.  Born December 11th 1918, the daughter of Jessie Slater and Susie (Albaugh) Slater in the Mitchell Indiana.  She grew up with her sister, Mary, attending Mitchell Public Schools, and graduated in 1937.   After high school she attended Indianapolis City Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1940 and beginning her career as a Registered Nurse.   On September 12th of 1942, she married Clarence Eugene Pruett. While Gene served in the Pacific Theater during WWII, Ruth served her county and local community as an RN.  For 66 years she shared life’s ups and downs with Gene, and in time would become an important part of various ministries.   After WWII they worked together to build their community and share their faith.  In 1953, Ruth helped with the establishment of a new church in Mitchell that would become Tulip Street Christian Church.   As an accomplished seamstress, Ruth made outfits for some and repairs for countless others.  As a fantastic cook, she prepared many a meal for families and individuals in need.   Her cherry pie was legendary!  She worked at Dunn Memorial Hospital for the majority of her career and retired from Hoosier Uplands.  She also worked with her husband, showing compassion to those in need and making a difference in her community.  Ruth was also an accomplished artist creating many beautiful paintings.     In 2008 her beloved Gene preceded her in death.  She was also preceded by her parents and sister, Mary (Slater) Kern.   On Monday, May 17, having lived 102 plus years, surviving the great depression, five wars and two pandemics, Ruth closed her eyes and went home to be with the lover of her soul and the love of her life.   She is survived by her nieces Mary Kern, Debbie Watterson, Susan Mayden, and Karen Urig; nephew, Steven Covert; grand nephews Spencer Lujan and Jordan Kern; and special family, Theresa Thayer and Scott, Libby, Isaac, and Michael Chastain.   Ruth left this world rich in friends and admirers and praised by countless souls lucky enough to be invited into her home and heart.  She truly was a godly woman and worthy of praise.  Funeral Service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Scott Chastain, Brother Darrin Chastain, and Brother Phil McDonald officiating.   Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorial Contributions:  White River Humane Society.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

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7 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Marcia Sage | Orleans Ind
    Date: May 20, 2021
    Ruth came to Orleans exercise class at first Baptist church. When I met her she was in her 90. She was very sweet and godly women and a role model for all of us.
  2. Guest: Larry harr | Spencer indiana
    Date: May 20, 2021
    May she be blessed and wrapped in gods loving arms and may she find peace with her beloved husband
  3. Guest: Beth Banks | Mitchell
    Date: May 19, 2021
  4. Guest: S | Mitchell IN
    Date: May 19, 2021
    Mamaw Ruth was the most amazing person. She taught me so much and loved me so deeply. Give Papaw Gene and momma and daddy hugs for me. I will miss you but love you always
  5. Guest: Patty Cottengain | Orleans IN
    Date: May 19, 2021
    Ruth and Gene were such an inspiration to me while we were attending church at Tulip Street.
  6. Guest: Sandy Neal | Orleans
    Date: May 19, 2021
    I remember Ruth and Gene from my younger years when I attended Tulip Street in the late 60's and 70's. A wonderful Godly woman.
  7. Guest: Tena (Porter) Kern | Bedford, IN
    Date: May 19, 2021
    Ruth will long be remembered for the loving kindness that she freely showered on others. She truly was a model of what it means to be a Godly woman whose life was lived being the hands and feet of Jesus. I'm grateful to have known her and appreciate the role model that she was in my life.