Ruth Elizabeth Frederick

2 July , 19331 September , 2019

Ruth Elizabeth Frederick, 86, of Smyrna, Georgia passed away on September 1, 2019. Born in Baxter, Tennessee to the late Roy and Fannie Coleman, but Ruth was raised in the Chattanooga area. She was a member of the Powers Ferry Church of Christ in Marietta, Georgia. Ruth retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad. She was also a past member of the Kiwanis Club. Ruth was preceded in death by her aforementioned parents, and a sister, Helen Madaris. Left behind to cherish Ruth’s memory are her daughter, Lisa Crawford and her granddaughter, Megan Alexis Crawford, both of Fayetteville, Georgia, and a brother, Bill (Kay) Coleman. A Celebration of Ruth’s Life will be held in the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home on Saturday September 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Min. Tim Smelser officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. until service time. She will be laid to rest in the Chattanooga Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions made in Ruth's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6221 Shallowford Rd Ste 102, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412. Please share your thoughts and memories at


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  • Visitation Saturday, 7 September , 2019
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15 September 2019

I've been in touch with Ruth since we started having Baxter Seminary Dorm Reunions. She has shared her many hospital visits and the battle she so bravely fought. When I didn't hear from her I went online and found this obituary. She was a real trooper. You, her family and Jerry will definitely feel a loss. We, her Baxter Seminary friends, will miss her too. Mert

James & Linda Williams

8 September 2019

Lisa and Megan,

We feel like we lost a great friend when your Mom died!
Ruth and James worked together for probably 5 years in the mid 80's at Norfolk Southern. He has always had the highest praise for your Mom. She was always a true professional. She was always willing to go the 2nd mile in the office to make things run smoothly. James has always had such high respect for her!
For the last many years every time we came to Atlanta, we would contact her and we would meet at the Varsity and visit. Of course, Jerry was always invited and in most cases came. What a wonderful time we always had!
Please accept our most sincere sympathy at this time. We have both lost our Mothers and we know how difficult it is to find a new normal and live a life without her. We will be praying for you both as you adapt to that new normal.
Linda and James Williams