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Mary Ruth Edwards

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

August 7, 1938 – April 14, 2018

In memory of Mary Ruth Edwards, my loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. Mama went to meet her Heavenly Father and her loved ones waiting on her. Mama was the daughter of the late Reverend Willie Ray and Kemmie Shook Ray. Also, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-nine years, Albert Edwards on April 30, 2017; daughter, Joy Diane Edwards and one son, Ricky Dean Edwards; Special “Son” as she always said, and her favorite, Darius Willis on June 24, 2016. She loved him with all her heart and he was a son to her in all respects. Also, waiting on her was one brother, Howard Ray; two sisters: Paris Cantrell and Zelda English; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Mama worked for Morrill Motors for over forty years. Mama and daddy loved to travel and stayed on the road constantly as long as they were able. You could always find them at McDonald’s every morning with friends.

Mama was a member of Higgins Chapel Baptist Church and Order of Eastern Star #173.

Left to mourn her passing, but celebrating her new life, daughter, Linda Willis; granddaughter, Tosha Willis Erwin and husband, Jimmy; grandson, Matthew Willis and wife, Kristin; great grandchildren: Logan Edwards, Sabrina Edwards, Jefferson Erwin, Gabe Willis, Hudson Willis and arriving in October, Baby Willis; great great grandchild, Mason Ingram.

We wish to thank Erwin Health Care for all the love and spoiling her. Special thanks to Melissa, Vennie, Carla Duncan and all her nurses and CNA’s, God Bless You.

Fly high mama and mamaw, you have your wings!

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Kevin Laws and Inez Chandler. Committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday in the Higgins Chapel Cemetery, Flag Pond. Reverend Edward Hoyle will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Erwin, Jefferson Erwin, Logan Edwards, Matthew Willis, Gabe Willis and Lee Edwards. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home by 12:30 go in procession to the cemetery.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Edwards family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Edwards family. (423) 743-1380.