Mary Ruth Huddleston

June 14, 1949March 1, 2018
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Mary Ruth Huddleston, 68, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 14, 1949, to Alvin Edger and Ruth Buchanan Jones. She worked for Baptist Memorial Hospital, and was a member of Mt. Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church.

A celebration of life service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, March 3, 2017, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Christian and Bro. Jeremy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Siloam Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Huddleston; two daughters, Vicky (Shawn) Beard and Christi Huddleston; two sisters, Sue (Bobby) Christian and Betty Lambert; and one grandson, Clay Beard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Dorothy Horn; and three brothers, Jack Jones, Bobby Jones and Buddy Jones.

Pallbearers are Ricky Jones, Johnny Lambert, Kevin Huddleston, Jason Huddleston, Shawn Beard and Clay Beard.

Visitation will Friday from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

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  • Ray Huddleston, Husband
  • Vicky (Shawn) Beard, Daughter
  • Christi Huddleston, Daughter
  • Sue (Bobby) Christian, Sister
  • Betty Lambert, Sister
  • Clay Beard, Grandson
  • Dorothy Horn, Sister
  • Jack Jones, Brother
  • Bobby Jones, Brother
  • Buddy Jones, Brother

  • Ricky Jones, Active Bearer
  • Johnny Lambert, Active Bearer
  • Kevin Huddleston, Active Bearer
  • Jason Huddleston, Active Bearer
  • Shawn Beard, Active Bearer
  • Clay Beard, Active Bearer


  • Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 3, 2018

Mary Ruth Huddleston

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Janette Taylor

March 2, 2018

I am so sorry to hear about Mary Ruth passing away , I thought a lot of her and enjoyed talking to her whenever we would happen to meet anywhere,
May God bless your family during this time,

Judith Ann Ramey

March 2, 2018

Ray, Vicky, Christi

There are no words anyone can say to ease your grief and pain. I am so sorry for your lost.
Mary Ruth and my mother Wyna Ramey were best friends , they worked together at
Marietta Mfg and had lots of fun.
I find comfort in 2 Corinthians verses 6 thru 8 where verse 8 We are confident, I say, and
Willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Thinking of you thru this difficult time

Judith Ann Ramey



      To Mary Ruth Huddleston, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Mary, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Mary really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

      Mary was born on June 14, 1949 in Booneville, MS. Her parents were Alvin and Ruth Jones. Mary was raised in Prentiss County her whole life. Even as a child, Mary had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn’t help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Mary was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Mary managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Mary was raised with six siblings. She had three sisters Dorothy, Sue and Betty, and three brothers Bobby, Buddy and Jack.

      All of Mary's playful good humor carried over into her childhood. She was possessed with an outgoing personality, a lively imagination and a mellowed enthusiasm for life that allowed her to be constantly on the go. As a result, Mary experienced a rather active childhood, and this suited her very well. In her spare time she liked cooking. Mary's memorable achievements included winning a beauty contest.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Mary was a class “cut-up.” She didn’t do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Mary simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Mary, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Mary's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Mary graduated from New Site High School in 1966. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was math. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. James Sparks.

      Mary never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Mary to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Mary delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Mary was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Mary utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friends were Kay Sparks and Linda Johnson. Mary loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Mary very easy to approach. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      Perhaps the reason Mary related so well to children was the fact that she never really completely grew up herself. The ability to be just a “kid at heart” helped her in raising her own children. Mary was blessed with two children, two daughters Vicky and Christi. They were also blessed with 1 grandson, Clay Beard. Mary had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Mary's compassionate side prevented her from being a strict disciplinarian, and she could turn just about any situation into a playful, learning experience. She could spend hours entertaining them with fun and creative play. In fact, Mary had a knack for turning some of those nasty old chores into games.

      At work, as in life, Mary was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Mary liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Mary was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Mary's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Mary as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was factory worker and was a cook at Booneville Hospital..

      Mary enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Mary liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were cooking and gardening. Mary was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Mary recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member Mt. Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church.

      Mary was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Mary's favorites was Maddy her dog. They were best friends for 3 years. Her family was rounded out by her lab, CoCo.

      Mary believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 1993, Mary took it in stride as one more way to have fun. Her new life involved relocating to Booneville Hospital. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Mary remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure in cooking. Even in retirement, Mary continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Mary passed away on March 1, 2018 at North Mississippi Medical Center Tupelo. She broke her ankle and got a blood clot. She is survived by her loving husband Ray, two daughters Vicky and Christi and grandson Clay. Services were held at McMillan Funeral Home. Mary was laid to rest in Siloam Methodist Church Cemetery.

      Mary brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Mary Ruth Huddleston lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.