Ruth McWilliams

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 13, 2010

JACKSON — Services for Ruth Enlow McWilliams, 79, of Jackson, who died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, were Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at Lakewood Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial followed at Lakewood Memorial Park under the direction of Lakewood Funeral Home in Jackson.

Mrs. McWilliams was born in 1930, in Prescott, Ariz., the daughter of Marion and Rosalie Cross. She proudly served our country as a WAC in California. Mrs. McWilliams also modeled in her younger days. She later moved to Jackson where she taught dancing and gymnastics. She was a very versatile and talented lady. She was employed for a time by University Medical Center in the hypertension program.

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Mrs. McWilliams met and married the love of her life, Henry “Skeets” McWilliams, a jazz musician in 1993. Her marriage to Skeets kept them traveling and entertaining. She enjoyed accompanying her husband when he would perform for the local nursing homes or several bed and breakfasts.

Mrs. Ruth loved meeting new people; she was an outgoing person with a loving and gracious heart. They were the perfect team. Her children said their mother was so beautiful and radiant that when she walked in a room she lit it up. She will be missed by all who loved and knew her.

She was preceded in death by her precious grandson, Tyler Thompson; and one sister, Lena Evans.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years; one son, Shay Enlow and wife, Martha, of Rosehill, Kan.; three daughters, Ethel Lambright and husband, Curtis, and Dolly Simpson and husband, Clifford, all of Monterey, and Ramee Thompson and husband, Wayne, of Natchez; one stepson, Larry McWilliams and wife, Deanna, of Brandon; one brother, Marion Cross Jr.; three sisters, Elizabeth Townsend, Faye Gillard and Pauline Alexander, all of Washington; 14 grandchildren’ six great-grandchildren; and a number of friends.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.