Ruth S. Dear, 91, died on January 6, 2019 at her home in Navarre, FL. She was the 12th of 13 children and she is survived by one brother, Thomas Ard Sylvest of Gramercy, LA. She is also survived by her 3 children and their spouses; son, Charles Martin Dear Jr. and wife Kathleen Dear of Livingston, TN; daughter, Marilyn Hunter and husband Charles Hunter of Milton, FL; daughter, Serena Cooper and husband Jimmy Cooper of Navarre, FL. She is also survived by: grandson, Christopher Dear and wife Jennifer Dear; great granddaughter Zoe Lea; granddaughter Viktoria Updike and husband Ryan Updike and great grandson Jeremiah Luke Updike.
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Ruth devoted her life to loving others, and she had a special place in her heart for children. She ran an “in home” daycare for years before working and retiring from the dental/eye clinic at East LA State Hospital. She was member of First Baptist Church of Jackson, LA, where she lovingly devoted her time in the nursery for 65 years. She was also a member of First Baptist Church of Navarre, FL, for the last 6 years. She was a prayer warrior and she continued to pray over friends, family and others in need until she left this earth to live in eternity with her Lord and Savior.
Visitation will be on Friday January 11, 2019 from 9:00AM to 11:00AM at Charlet Funeral Home in Zachary, LA and will be followed by a memorial service at 11:00AM. Burial will be at Azalea Rest Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Dear, Neal McCauley, John Wayne Gayle, Darryl Adams, Leon Edwards, and Ricky Dawson.