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Ruth E. Osburn, age 97, 3133 Zane Whitson Drive, Unicoi, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Claty Myrtle McInturff.
Mrs. Osburn was a longtime devoted member of Unicoi United Methodist Church.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. Osburn, in 1969; two brothers: Marsh Miller and Tom McInturff; two sisters: Venia Hensley and Nan Briggs.
Survivors include four daughters: Marie Love and husband, James, Gray, Betty Garland, of the home, Frances Ray and husband, David, Rockledge, Fla., Carolyn Harris and husband, Lawrence, Collinsville, Va.; 11 grandchildren: Janet Richard, Beth Love, Missy Martin, Jimmy Love, David T. Ray, Joy Ray Miller, David Garland, Dan Garland, Manny Garland, Mikki Styons, and Cindy Wynn; 20 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and a special friend, Hazel Berry, Unicoi.
Funeral service will be held at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 5, from the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Palma Bennett will officiate. Special music will be provided by Inez Chandler.
Interment will follow in Roselawn Memory Gardens.
Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Love, David Garland, Dan Garland, David T. Ray, Andrew Martin, Josh Garland, Jeremy Garland, Corry Garland, George Ritchie, Hayden Good, Christopher Richard and Harris Styons.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m until noon, Wednesday, prior to the service at the funeral home and other times at the family home, 3133 Zane Whitson Drive, Unicoi.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105-1942.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Osburn family through a complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at
Unicoi Funeral Home is in charge.