Ruth Ann Henderson Frese

March 30, 1947August 30, 2018

Ruth Ann Claiborne Henderson Frese, 71, passed away peacefully at her home in Seymour, Tennessee, surrounded by family on August 30, 2018, having lived a life of laughter and love where she inspired everyone around her. She enjoyed telling stories about her life from growing up on the family farm, raising her daughter, Hallie, working in x-ray departments at local hospitals, and to time spent enjoying her grandchildren. She loved to crochet, knit, work in the garden, and read. Some of her favorite moments are times with the grandchildren, James and Abby from watching movies to shopping, and everything in-between. Ruth graduated from Seymour High School, and later graduated from the School of Radiologic Technology at Baptist Hospital before moving to Memphis. In Memphis, she gave birth to her daughter Hallie. On returning to the Knoxville area, Ruth continued her career as a registered RT where she worked at Park West Hospital and as a supervisor at the University of Tennessee Hospital. At UT Hospital she met, Jim Frese, her best friend and husband of 28 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille and William Claiborne; sister, Elizabeth Claiborne Noland, and former husband, Dr. Hal Henderson of Memphis. Ruth Ann inspired many people to be the best person they could be and to believe in themselves. She is survived by her husband, James Frese; daughter, Hallie Henderson Lynch; sister, Helen Claiborne Seawell; grandchildren, James Lynch and Abigail Lynch; stepson, Craig Henderson; nieces and nephews, Mary Seawell Fuselier, Susan Seawell Eppright, Michael Seawell, and Andrew Noland. The family will receive friends at Berry Highland South Funeral Home on Sunday, September 2, 2018 from 3 PM to 5 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Ghost Catholic Church Monday, September 3, 2018 at 1 PM with a graveside service following at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Berry Highland South Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 3, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, September 3, 2018

Ruth Ann Henderson Frese

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Dot King

September 3, 2018

Sending my deepest sympathies , thoughts, and prayers. So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in the memories you shared.


Dot King