Mary "Ruthie" Ruth Maples

April 11, 1962March 28, 2014
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Funeral for Mary Ruth "Ruthie" Maples, 51, of Decatur will be Monday, March 31, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jackie Kay, Brother Junior Hill and Brother Ronald Manley officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 8 at the funeral home.Mrs. Maples, who died March 28, 2014, at her residence was born April 11, 1962 in Madison County to Charles Maples and Peggy Joyce Engle Maples. She was a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church in Moulton. Ruthie was special in many ways and a friend to all. She was preceded in death by her mother, Peggy Joyce Engle Maples.Survivors include her father and stepmother, Charles E. and Sharen Maples of Madison; sisters, Charlene Berryman (Wayne) of Russellville, Marcia Alexander (Tommy) of Semmes; brother, Tim Maples, Stone Mountain, Ga., Jeff Maples (Elizabeth) of Birmingham; stepbrothers, Michael McCarty (Carolyn) of Mission Viejo, Calif.; stepsisters, Lisa Heiss (Todd) of Harvest Brenda Griffin of Madison; and several nieces and nephews.The family would like to say a very special Thank You to Hospice of North Alabama for the compassion and help they provided.Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of North Alabama, 3311 Bob Wallace, Huntsville, AL 35805


  • Visitation Sunday, March 30, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 31, 2014

Mary "Ruthie" Ruth Maples

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Jeff Maples

April 3, 2014

Sweet Ruthie, how precious it was to spend your last days and hours with you. It has changed my life. You were so brave and Faithful. You are missed so much already. I long to see Mother again and I have such Joy when I picture you and Mom together. We will be taking good care of Dad. Your service was wonderful because so many people who love you were there. Much Love baby sister...see you again soon. Ty.

Patsy Michael

April 2, 2014

To the Sweet Maples Family,it was good to see some of you I had not seen since my childhood. I have great memories, of Bro Charles being my pastor at the Loretto First Baptist Church, as a child and sweet memories of fun times with Ruthie. Later in life, Rusty and I got to know Marcia at Faith Church in Florence, and I always enjoyed getting to see Ruthie then when she visted with Marcia, and got to keep up with the family through Marcia. Even though it has been
aleast 22 years since I would have seen Ruthie, I have thought of her and my family's talk about the good times when the Maples Family was in Loretto. Ruthie was a sweet person, with a smile on her face, and never met a stranger, she loved and was loved back. Prayers continue for your family, as days go by, and Ruthie is missed greatly, but know she is in heaven with her mother and God. May God hold your family close. Prayers and Sympathy, Patsy Earnest Michael, and the Earnest Family

Marcia Alexander

April 2, 2014

My heart is broken to lose you Ruthie. You were a sweet precious baby sister and special to our family and many friends. I miss you Ruthie so deeply, but I have the comfort of knowing that you are in the presence of your Creator!
You are with our mother now, she loved you so unconditionally and no one could ever replace or love you as she has! Bro. Jackie & Bro. Junior spoke the most beautiful words at your funeral. They spoke of how the Lord gave you a very special mother & daddy, like no other, to love & care for you. We will miss you so much, but we no you are living eternity now in a most splendid home with Jesus. Hugs-Kisses & much Love from your sister, Marcia

the jones family

April 1, 2014

Our condolence to Mary family sickness makes it difficult to deal with but take comfort in lsaiah 33:24

Debbie Gant

April 1, 2014

Brother Maples, my family and I were so very sorry to hear about Ruthie's death. Mrs. Peggy, Ruthie and you are very special to our family, and we share your sorrow. We are praying for you, and know that you will find comfort in your memories and in knowing that Ruthie is with her mother and our Heavenly Father.

Sharen Maples

March 31, 2014

My Darling Ruth--even though we were only together for a short time, we became very close, as you will always be my daughter in my heart. We shared many fun times, long conversations, hugs and kisses. The day you put the sticky note on my desk saying "I love my new mama" was especially special. I love you with all of my heart and someday will see you again. I will always hear you calling me "Mama" and that is so cherished. Till we meet again, Mama

March 31, 2014

Ruth we miss you so much and love you with all of our hearts. There was a lot of people at the visitation last night. Bro Junior and Bro Jackie with do the service. Stacy, Lisa, Diane. and Tammy and Terry will sing.

Thank you sweet Ruth for the good time we had together and the sweet memories you left behind. You are with Jesus now and you are with your Mother who you missed so much. I look forward to seeing you again before long. When I have finished my work for the Lord and he calls me home. Your Daddy

Betsy Griffin

March 31, 2014

What can I say about Ruthie, except we loved her so much. She was so special to us. We had many visits and laughs. Will see her again and pick up where we left off, laughing and acting silly. Curtis and I love you Bro Maples. We are praying for you and family.

Terry Little

March 30, 2014

Brother Maples, my family shares your sorrow and also remembers the great times we had with your family at Bethany Baptist, and especially Ruthie. The great smile and the wonderful hugs will always be remembered. God Bless you and we all love you dearly.

Paul Blanchard

March 30, 2014

Bro. Charles, just wanted you to know how much we love and appreciate you. Praying for you and your family. Our Lord is loving, compassionate and caring. Members of Hinze also asked me to express their love for you.