Rethula "Ruth" Dodson Beery

February 24, 1930August 23, 2010

Rethula “Ruth” Dodson Beery, 80, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on Monday, August 23, 2010 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

She was born on February 24, 1930 in Rappahannock, VA, and was the daughter of the late Mae Anna Dodson.

Ruth attended Washington High School in Rappahannock County but lived the majority of her life in the Harrisonburg area. She retired in March 1995 from Owens-Brockway after 25 years of service. She was also employed as a cashier with Red Front. She was a member of Linville United Methodist Church where she belonged to the Women’s Group, “Recycled Teenagers-Young at Heart, Love Does Not Grow Old”, and The Giggler’s- Dominoes Group.

On October 17, 1947 she married Harry Early Beery, who preceded her in death on December 11, 1995.

She is survived by five children, Donald Beery and Isaac “Jack” Beery both of Colorado, Ed Beery of Weyers Cave, Anna Cochran and Laura Walker of Front Royal; nine grandchildren, Michael and Chris Cochran, Chris Beery and Michelle Beery, Amanda Morrow, Erica Green, Emily Etter, Rachel and Jacob Walker; seven great-grandchildren, three sisters, Elizabeth Clatterbuck, Elinor Beverage, and Nancy Noakes, all of Front Royal.

Ruth was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Courtney Cochran and a brother, Hillard Tharpe.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, August 27, 2010, at Linville United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Brian Posey and Jeremy Green officiating. A reception will follow the service. Interment will be private at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association, 39 Southgate Court, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or Linville United Methodist Church, 5180 Kratzer Rd., Linville, VA 22834.

Lindsey Funeral Homes & Crematory in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 27, 2010

Rethula "Ruth" Dodson Beery

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September 2, 2010

We were so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She has been bringing her vehicle to our shop for many years, and it was always a pleasure when she came in. She was here in early June and we had an especially good visit. Please accept our condolences for your loss, and may your memories of her keep her close always. Sylvia & Chuck Rutherford, Shenandoah Automotive (Harrisonburg VA)

August 27, 2010

To the Beery Family: May God's love and strength help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mike & Joyce (Pack) Steele

Tamara Foxx

August 25, 2010

Michelle, Sorry for the loss of your grandma. I am thinking of you during this time of need. - Tamara Foxx

Connie Correa

August 25, 2010

Ruth was a very special person to me and all of the congregation of Linville United Methodist church. I haven't been able to attend church for awhile and Ruth would send me a card occasionally telling me she was thinking of me and praying for me. She sent one just a few weeks ago and I wanted to call to talk to her but never got around to it. I will miss her so very much. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


August 25, 2010

Laura, thinking of you . You and your family are in my prayers. I am here for you if you need anything.
Love , Samia Farah

August 25, 2010


We are so sorry for your loss and hope that your many wonderful memories can comfort you and your family at this time. You are in our prayers.
Miles & Eileen Penland

Johnny Wright

August 25, 2010

Jack and Don., we are thinking of you and your entire family during this time. We grieve and sympathize along with you , hoping that knowing we care will help relieve some of your sadness and sorrow. May God comfort you and help get you through each tomarrow.

Memories are yours to keep forever. God Bless.

Johnny and Kay Wright and family, Franklin, West Virginia

August 25, 2010

Anna and Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am sorry for your loss. Cynthia Putnam

Rich & Patrice Vossler

August 24, 2010

We're so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

Steve and Sandy Morris

August 24, 2010

Anna,Dennis and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May good memories of your mom bring you comfort now and always.
God's promise of love and comfort to your entire family.