HERMITAGE, Tenn. -- Rutha L. Artis, 84, formerly of Sikeston, Mo., died at Jan. 31, 2008, at the Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
Born Nov. 23, 1923, in Forrest City, Ark., daughter of the late Thessalonia and Lillie Mae White Thatch, she had lived near Dexter, Mo. for 25 years before moving to Sikeston in 1991. From 1994 to 2006 she lived in Lynwood, Ill. She was a member of the Gray Ridge Missionary Baptist Church from 1948-1994 and Calvary Baptist Church in Glenwood, Ill., from 1994-2006, and most recently of the Stateland Baptist Church in Old Hickory.
She married William H. Artis Sr. who preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 1991.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Raymond Artis, on Sept. 9, 1971; two brothers, Willie B. Thatch and Paul Thatch; and one sister, Lula Jackson.
Survivors include: seven sons and five daughters-in-law, William Artis Jr. of New York, Larry and Emma Artis of Harvey, Ill., Roger and Bertha Artis of Orlando, Fla., Thomas and Gail Artis of Fort Sill, Okla., Christopher and Rachel Artis of Sikeston, Mark and Jana Artis of Boise, Idaho and Eric Artis of Denver; eight daughters and three sons-in-law, Margia Artis, Mattie Artis and Veronica Artis of Hermitage, Earlie Armstrong, Doris and Victor Caston and Gloria Triplett of Calumet City, Ill., Sandra Philipa and Lance Jackson of Mt. Juliet and Beverly and Edward Barnes of Sikeston; two sisters, Earlene Tripp of Chicago and Irene Thatch of Beaufort, N.C.; and 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter where services will be held at noon Monday with the Courtney Barnes of Florissant, Mo., officiating.
Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston.