Mary Walworth

Mary Ruth Walworth

1933 - 2023

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Obituary of Mary Ruth Walworth

Mary Ruth (Lane) Walworth, 89, passed away on January 18, 2023, in Lawrenceburg. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, James Thomas Walworth. Mary was born in Leesburg, Alabama on February 11, 1933, to the late William and Oma Edge Lane. She is survived by her daughter, Kay (Scott) Quire, of Frankfort, and sons, Van (Jill) Walworth, of Tennessee, Allen (Connie) Walworth, of Texas, Roger (Myla) Walworth, of Alabama, 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and her brother, Sonny (Carolyn) Lane. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson, James Walworth, and 7 brothers and sisters.

Mary was a graduate of Jacksonville State University majoring in elementary education.

She lived most of her life in or near Fort Payne, dedicated to teaching and pouring herself into generations of children who were fortunate to be in her care. She was a woman of Christian faith, instilling that faith in her children, singing in the choir, and supporting her church and pastors with love and generosity. She was a true friend, and as a result had many cherished friends across the years with whom she shared great laughter, exotic travel, and delicious lingering meals. Mary was the consummate baker (her chocolate chip cookies, pound cakes, and homemade pies will be sorely missed), a fierce competitor at the board game Aggravation (just ask the grandchildren), and the mischievous and creative source of many of the family’s most hilarious moments.

A service to celebrate Mary Walworth’s life will be held at First Baptist Church, Fort Payne, Alabama at a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fort Payne First Baptist Choir Fund, 106 Grand Avenue North, Fort Payne, Alabama 35967.