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Palm Downtown Mortuary & Cemetery

1325 North Main St, Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Ruth Ann Brodie

September 10, 1952June 25, 2020
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Ruth Brodie nee Ruth Ann Powell was born to Leroy John Anthony Powell and Gwendolyn Llewelyn Powell in a hospital in Brooklyn, New York on September 10th 1952. Ruth was called home on June 25th, 2020, passing away in a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital following a terminal illness.

Ruth attended PS 44 Elementary School in Brooklyn, NY from Kindergarten to the fourth grade and transferred to the newly built P.S. 305, also in Brooklyn. From there she proceeded to Macon J.H.S. 258 and then went on to graduate from John Jay High School in 1970. Ruth aspired to higher learning and attended Nursing School some years later.

Raised to believe in God and immersed in the study of Scripture, Ruth attended St. Peter Clavers Catholic Church in Brooklyn, NY and later on Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. Upon her completion of the required biblical studies Ruth received both her ‘communion’ and was ‘Confirmed’ in Christ and the Catholic Church at a very young age. She carried her foundation in Christ and the knowledge of Him forward into her adult years and upon her move to Las Vegas.

Even as an adolescent Ruth exhibited a keen understanding of the fundamentals of money as well as the importance of maintaining a good work ethic. She believed that there was no job to menial, indeed no task to small; and for this quality she was greatly admired. The humility she exhibited while performing these tasks convinced her siblings of the reality that no one really had to go without; if only they were just willing to work for it. She also taught them that there was dignity in all work.

Summarily, having to cook for a large household at a young age benefited Ruth and she proved to be quite the cook. Her cakes and bread puddings could rival some of the best bakers in the business and she became adept at teaching others these culinary skills; generously sharing her secret recipes. Also being a natural born artist, Ruth could draw just about anything and again, possessing the ability to teach, passed the gift of artistry on to her children and grandchildren.

On April 26th, 1975 Ruth went on to marry her childhood sweetheart, Neil Leggard Sr. and their union brought forth six children and 19 grandchildren. As a Mom, Ruth was fully supportive of any idea or endeavor that her children would take on with absolutely no exceptions. She never judged and no matter the issue she always had a way of making you feel like it would be okay. She would explore and exercise with them all measures and possibilities; ensuring that everything would be okay. She would attend every recital, performance, game, award ceremony and graduation. She was their biggest fan and cheerleader. Always in the front row and ready to encourage them on to their next levels and challenges. As life would sometimes happen and for a myriad of reasons Ruth and Neil’s union was tested and they eventually parted ways.

Ruth determined to re-invent herself and secured employment as a security guard in New York City and worked in that capacity for many years. It was during this period that she met and fell in love with the man she would eventually spend the rest of her life with. Ruth married Mr. Kenneth Brodie on April 23rd 2005 in Las Vegas Nevada. They loved Las Vegas so much that they decided to take up residence there; enjoying both their retirement and the Vegas lifestyle.

Ruth was known to be compassionate, loyal, and one who loved unconditionally.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents Leroy John Anthony and Gwendolyn Llewelyn Powell, her siblings Rodney, Philip, and Lucille, and her Granddaughter Aailiyah. She leaves behind to mourn her Husband Kenneth, her children Neil Jr., Lamar Sr., Eric, Gwendolyn, Seantel and Philip, 19 Grandchildren, her siblings Leroy Jr., Adrienne, Patrice, and Maria, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 5, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, July 6, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, July 6, 2020

Memories

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Conway Boyce

July 6, 2020

Cousin Doll was a loving and caring person. I remember her as ALWAYS having a smile and extending greetings of care and compassion. May the peace of God continue to be her legacy for her family!
Conway aka Chip

Rosa Wakefield Brown

July 6, 2020

Our deepest sympathy in the passing of our dear sister, Doll. May the God of peace comfort the family in this trying time.

With sincere love,
The Wakefield Brown Family

Belinda Rahmings

July 6, 2020

Our sincerest condolences to Doll's family. We will be praying for the family.

Maria Fuller

July 6, 2020

Maria Fuller

July 6, 2020

From the Siblings:
Dearest Kenneth,

We thank you for taking such wonderful care of our sister. Your loving intentions towards her were made clear and unequivocal to us from the start. We cannot thank you enough for all of the years of happiness she enjoyed because you were by her side, loving her and as well as providing for her. You showed her the world. You gave her everything you ever promised her and more. She adored you simply because you loved her. What a glorious thing…to be loved. You are our brother and we mourn your loss. In our mind’s eye, we don’t see Ruth without seeing you. And so in that way; Ruth is still with us and we are eternally grateful to you for that continuum. Our prayer now is that you draw us even closer to your side in the next weeks and months ahead. Please call on us as the need arises and we commit to calling on you. We honor her by honoring you.

Admiringly,
Leroy Jr., Adrienne, Patrice, & Maria

From the Siblings:
Darling Neil, Lamar, Eric, Gwendolyn, Seantel and Philip, and Grandchildren,

We grieve your loss and we are here for you. We understand that the world seems different now. Know this though. The essence of Mom and your Grandma is still with you. The instructions that she imparted on you can never be taken away. The example she set for you is yours to realize even now more so than ever. The love she gave you can never be lost. You now get to give it to one another and pass it on down to your offspring. You Mom and your grandmother’s life officially becomes your legacy. We understand that, yet for the immediate while, it will sting a bit and you will miss her earthly presence. Our prayer for you though is that whenever you begin to feel that ache you will remember that she is with you always. It is at that time you should dig deep down inside and call up to your memory every bit of sound advice she ever gave you. She was always your first roadmap in life…and to life.

Gwendolyn Leggard-Robinson

July 6, 2020

I remember going to the coney island and getting on rides and going to the swimming pool.I remember when I was a little girl and mommy would come in my room and say G come with me somewhere and i will ask her where we going she would tell me just came on. I also remember when I was 19 I went to the casino and to my first club with mommy and pop.

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