Edna Ruth Dean

Born in Cedar Hill, Tennessee on August 26, 1932

Departed on February 2, 2020 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Edna Ruth Dean, 87, of Nashville, Tennessee, died peacefully in her sleep on February 2, 2020, at NHC in Franklin, TN. Born August 26, 1932 in Cedar Hill, TN, she is preceded in death by her parents, Roy Lee and Obera James of Cedar Hill, TN and her husband Joe B. Dean Sr. of Nashville.

Ruth was a caring mom and homemaker. She was well-loved by all who knew her. Upon graduation from Jo Byrns High School in 1950, she attended Austin Peay State University and worked as a stenographer for Commerce Union Bank, Life of Virginia, Metro City government neighborhood services and Bell South. Ruth was a faithful member of Park Avenue Baptist Church from the late 1950s until the mid-1990s when she moved to Bellevue. She joined and attended Bellevue Baptist Church until her health began to fail.

In the closing years of her life, Ruth was confined to assisted-care facilities. Birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions were held at these facilities and the family gathered to be with her. She was showered with love and always had a smile for everyone.

Survivors include her three children, Bruce Dean (Lori) of Murfreesboro, Stephanie Farrar (Mark) of College Grove and James Dean (Sheryl) of Nashville; her grandchildren, Lindsey Farrar, Seth Dean, Will Dean, Lydia Dean and Sarah Dean; her sister, Mary Frances Moss of Evansville, IN, and her brother, John B. James of Murfreesboro.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, February 8 at the Bellevue Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. and funeral service to follow at 12 noon. Burial service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Springfield, TN at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to New Day Church, 7051 HWY 70 S. #150, Nashville, TN 37221.

11 Comments to Edna Ruth Dean

  1. Lavonda Lee
    February 4, 2020 10:15 am

    Sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thought and prayers .

  2. Richard Swint
    February 4, 2020 7:15 pm

    Bruce, James and Stephanie, Sorry to hear the loss of your mother she was a terrific person of God and my thoughts and prayers are with you all and the family.
    Richard (Ricky) & Denise Swint

  3. Mary and Gus Blackburn
    February 4, 2020 8:25 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your loving mother. Praying for the family!

  4. MaryDe Elliston
    February 5, 2020 8:44 am

    Stephanie, Mark and Lindsey, Sending my sincerest sympathy and all my love you. MaryDe

  5. Carolyn Akland
    February 5, 2020 3:42 pm

    Dear Stephanie – I am so sorry you have lost your Mom. Mom’s are so very special and I know how loving and committed to her you were. Sending you prayers and lots of love.

    • David Dean
      February 6, 2020 9:49 am

      Dear James and family, My sympathy to you all and praise God , we have this hope ,1 Thessalonians 4:13 …she had a life well lived …Amen

  6. Renita Moss
    February 6, 2020 5:20 pm

    Our Aunt Ruth is a precious soul.
    We loved her, and she will be greatly missed.

  7. Marsha Groce
    February 7, 2020 9:56 am

    I never met Mrs. Dean but felt like I knew her through Stephanie who I work with. Stephanie loved her mama and was always so attentive to her needs and always trying to come up with ways to make her mama’s life as comfortable as possible. There were laughs and tears but hopefully there is peace for the family in knowing that Mrs. Dean made a difference in this world and that her family will carry on her legacy.

  8. Patrick and Lori Leddy
    February 7, 2020 6:34 pm

    Our hearts go out to all of you at this time. So many precious memories and so much love.
    Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  9. Lorri
    February 7, 2020 7:50 pm

    Lori, I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Extra hugs for your husband.

  10. Nita, Pam, Dick and Mary
    February 8, 2020 11:38 pm

    Our beautiful Aunt Ruth. Kind and loving, a Christian role model. We love her dearly. God bless you Steph, Bruce, James Robert and families. We love you.

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