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DAWSON, Ga. -- Ruth Mims, age 89, passed peacefully on July 9, 2017. She was born January 13, 1928, in Worth County, Ga., to Dollie Pauline and James Green Cato. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Mims, three brothers, Earl, James Green and Walter George Cato, two sisters, Louise Pope, Mary Frank Dunlap and three nephews, Harmon Mims, Stephen Dunlap and Anthony Cato.
She is survived by two daughters, Paula Mims Walsh (Dan) and Trisha Mims Weathersby (Roger). She is the beloved grandmother of Crista Hartsfield Miller (Brian), Jeremy Walsh (Brooke) and Leah Walsh Hinderlider (Brock). Also mourning her are her great-grandchildren, Haley Skinner, Macee Hinderlider, Parker Walsh, Addison Walsh and Kent Hinderlider, and her nieces and nephews, Susan Gause, Lynda Stone, Kay Whitfield, Rhonda Eldridge, Misti Cato, Charlotte Ann and Julian Cato, along with their families.
After she married, Ruth lived in Dawson, Georgia, with her beloved husband raising their two daughters. She retired from her career as a telephone operator at GTE in 1979, then could be found working with her husband at Flanders and Mims Grocery. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dawson, the Merry Legs Square Dance Club of Dawson, and was very active in the Dawson VFW, American Legion and Masonic Lodge with her late husband. She was honored by the Terrell County 4-H club for her volunteerism and was a tireless volunteer in the Church and Community of Dawson.
Many will remember Ruth an excellent cook, beautiful seamstress, making elaborate square dance attire for her and Calvin. She was a woman ahead of her time, juggling motherhood, a career and community work. She provided a beautiful example and inspiration to everyone as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a true friend to all who knew her. Her legacy is love.
The family will accept visitors on Sunday, July 16, at 2 pm with a Chapel Funeral to follow at 3 pm at Harvey Funeral Home, Dawson, Ga.
Published on July 13, 2017
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