Ruth A. Kelley
Ruth A. Kelley, 87, entered into Heaven on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2012, from the comfort of her home in Evangeline.
Ruth was born to the late Frank and Margaret Jumche Kelley on April 19, 1925, in Hammond, Ind., the youngest of six children. Ruth attended school in Hammond, Ind., and attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. The Lord called her into missionary work in 1944, so she went to the mountains of Kentucky, where she worked in a Christian orphanage for four years.
After attending Child Evangelism Fellowship Institute, Ruth began teaching children’s Bible classes and also served as director of CEF for 19 years in Evansville, Ind.
August 1967 was the start of her serving with fellow missionary Judy McFarlain in Uruguay, South America. After seven years in Uruguay, they returned to the United States and worked together in various states, mainly with the Native Americans.
Ruth’s ministry was teaching the Bible to children, teens and adults. She trained teachers, was a leader in vacation Bible schools and retreats and conducted youth camps in Louisiana and Texas.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Jennings with Dr. Chuck Stevenson, pastor of Hope Baptist Church in Alexandria (Ruth’s home church) and Brother Brian Wells officiating.
Funeral home visitation will be held today, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. Saturday visitation will be at First Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Miguez Funeral Home of Jennings.
Ruth and Judy wish to express sincere gratitude to Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care of Jennings. A special thank you to her caregivers, Molly Bellon and Tammy Louviere.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the mission organization of your choice.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.miguezfuneralhome.com.
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