Mrs. Robert Meadows

Mrs. Robert Meadows (Ruth Anne) died Friday March 8th at Jackson Madison County General Hospital at the age of 65 years.

Ruth Anne was born July 30, 1948 to Mr. and Mrs. Malcom Pierce in Hornsby, Tennessee. Ruth Anne attended the Hardman School System and graduated from Lambuth Univerisity with a degree in education and taught school at Bolivar Elementary where she retired in 1998.

She was married to Robert Meadows of Dyer who preceded her in death.

Visitation will be at Karnes and Son Funeral Home in Dyer, Tennessee at 1:00 PM Tuesday March 12th. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 PM at Dyer cemetery. Service will be presented by Reverend John Coleman.

Some will ask why I went to this trouble of writing this. Besides the fact Ruth Anne and I were not related in any matter other than my marriage to her husband’s cousin, we had only met a couple of times at family dinners with Sally’s parents. But that was important…. In 2001, Sally’s father died. In 2002, Ruth Anne’s husband Robert died. She was alone and the only real family she had was ours.

Through her books and lectures, Edith Schaeffer has become much appreciated for her insights into the value of life’s ordinary days. When she and her husband Francis were first married, both sets of parents lived nearby. The newlyweds divided each Sunday afternoon and evening between the Schaeffers and the Sevilles.

After a few years, Edith and Francis moved to Switzerland, where they could talk with their parents only once a year in a brief phone conversation.

Looking back half a century later, Edith wrote of being glad for the way they had used those Sunday afternoons. She noted that “proximity of loved ones is not an endless situation.” She concluded that a package labeled “time to care …… and exhibit love” doesn’t just arrive someday. We must show love while we can.

So Ruth Anne came to Jackson.

A picture of Ruth Anne sits above my desk to remind me of the fifth of the Ten Commandments which says:

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12).

The command to love and respect our parents applies equally to children living at home, newly independent young couples, and empty-nesters and associated family.

Seize each moment you have to love and honor your family. The opportunity won’t last forever.



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