Ruth Sims Abbott

August 2, 1922March 15, 2012

Ruth Janice Sims Abbott, 89, of Watkinsville, GA passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Mrs. Abbott was born August 2, 1922 in Helen, GA to the late John F. Sims and Leone Burch Sims and was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh L. Abbott; three sisters, and two brothers. She lived in Oconee County for 62 years and retired from the Department of Family and Children Services after 34 years of service. Mrs. Abbott was a charter member of Briarwood Baptist Church, was a member of the Pilot Club, the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW, and did volunteer work in the county.

Survivors include two sons, Michael W. Abbott and wife, Elsie of White County and Alan H. Abbott and wife, Dorothy of Watkinsville; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; two sisters, Virginia York and Orene Elrod; one brother, Philip Sims, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM, Saturday, March 17th in the chapel at Bernstein Funeral Home with Rev Dan Fuller officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 9-11AM prior to the service at Bernstein.

Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northhampton, MA 01061.

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Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 17, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 17, 2012

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Joy Elder

March 21, 2012

Doris Rusgrove and I visited Ruth often when she lived at Magnolia Estates. We shared lots of laughs as we reminisced about the Pilot Club of Oconee Co., trips and adventures enjoyed by Ruth and pals Doris, Melba Garrett, and Mrs, Dillard ( on which Ruth was always responsible for the morning devotionals), and many shared times (both simple and special) with the Elder Family. Ruth had a wonderful dry wit which would catch you off-guard if you weren't paying close attention! She lived her life in a Christ-like manner, and was a true friend. May God's love, grace, and healing be with the Abbott family during your time of grief and sorrow.

Joy Shelnutt Reeves

March 21, 2012

Michael and Family - I am so sorry for your lost. It was my honor to get to know Ms. Abbott during her time at Scenic View Assisted Living. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Robby and Dianne Huff

March 17, 2012

Thank you for notifying us of Mrs. Abbott's death. We thought the funeral service was a wonderful tribute to her life and to her Savior. Our daughter, Amy was named after Mrs. Abbott--Amanda Ruth--and we so pleased to hear what Pastor Fuller said about Mrs. Abbott--a woman with a strong minded will. That is what we see in our Amanda Ruth also. We were thankful to be able to see her family and to remember our wonderful times together.

Merry Jo Carper

March 17, 2012

The light of the world is Jesus Christ of which Mrs. Abbott knew very well. She is now with the light and is pain free. She was a very honorable woman of which I was very fortunate to meet and know. Very gracious and meticulous. I thank thee o Lord for thy goodness to Mrs. Abbott. Prayers and blessings to her family. Love and God Bless to one and all. She will be greatly missed.

Sara Sperin

March 16, 2012

Michael, Alan and Family,
Aunt Ruth, a very special lady. I love her very much.
God's Blessings and Peace be with you all.

Beverly Barrett

March 16, 2012

Michael,Elsie,and Family,
So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.

Billy and Sarah Amos

March 16, 2012

We are so sad to hear about your mother. Mrs. Abbott was a very special person. We are blessed that we knew her. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Doug & Mary Ard

March 16, 2012

Mary and I enjoyed visiting and talking with Ruth many times. She loved Briarwood Baptist Church.
Doug and Mary Ard, Watkinsville, GA

Bernstein Funeral Home

March 16, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Eddy and Beverly Thaxton

March 15, 2012

My family and I just loved Ms. Ruth. When the boys were little we visted her often. She was a great and wonderful lady!