Ruthie L. Wagster

July 8, 1928December 28, 2020

Mrs. Ruthie Lee (Ahart) Wagster, 92, of Benton, Arkansas, went to be with her Heavenly Father on December 28, 2020. The most loving and giving woman you could ever know. Ruthie was born July 8, 1928 in Grubbs, Arkansas, the daughter of, Thomas Norwood “Doc” Ahart and Nola McKee Ahart. Ruthie was a native of Newport, whose current residence was Benton. She retired from AT&T after 20 years of dedicated service. Some may have known her through Walmart as a door greeter for 8 years. Ruthie enjoyed her retirement by traveling to her great grandkids ball games. She loved watching them grow up and have children of their own. She enjoyed watching her sports, especially the Razorbacks. If she wasn’t watching them live, she was rooting them on at home. Ruthie never met a stranger. She truly loved everyone and was loved by everyone. She adored her family more than anything.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Marion “Gene” Wagster, her son, Donny Ray Wagster, daughter, Sheila Ruth Roushall, grandson, John David Wagster, her brothers Therrel Dean, James Thomas “J.T.”, and Silva “S.H.” Ahart, and Byrum Ahart; her sisters, Eula Mae Lewis, Othella Turner, and Esther Maness.

She is survived by her son, Ronny Dale Wagster and wife Becky of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, grandchildren, Trey Luther Stutts and wife Donna of El Dorado, Kimberlee Beth Bull and husband Darrel of Benton, Aaron Lee Wagster and wife Jasmine of Canton, Ohio, Ryan Wagster and wife Erin, and James and Nathan Wagster of Beaver Falls, Thomas Wagster of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Rachel Wagster of Raleigh, North Carolina. 14 great grandchildren, Fahren and Bailey Parker, Brandon Langford and wife Casey, Scott Jones and wife Erin, Caleb Stutts and wife Peyton, Austin and Mandi Bull, McKenzie Worsham, Anastasia, Ava, Logan, and Kayleigh Wagster, Draven Fordyce, and Gauge Leist. 8 great-great grandchildren, Karson, Hayden, Taytum, Mattixx, Allison, Adalene, Ellis, Henslie, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eagle Point Church of God, c/o Building Fund, P.O. Box 190115, Little Rock, AR, or by going to

Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 4, at Griffin Leggett Funeral Home in Little Rock, with interment following at Forest Hills Cemetery in Alexander. Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday at 10:00 a.m. until service time. To sign the online guestbook, click “Add A Memory” at:


  • Steve Ahart
  • Mike Ahart
  • Trey Stutts
  • Tommy Lewis
  • Phil Lewis
  • Darrell Bull


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 4, 2021


  • Committal Service

    Monday, January 4, 2021


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Ryan Wagster

January 8, 2021

Fried chicken. I remember Mimi Making us fried chicken everytime we visited her. It was always the day before we were gonna leave she would start the process of prepping the chicken and getting the potatoes peeled. It was always bitter sweet for me because I knew fried chicken meant we had to go soon but the chicken was always incredibly good. I suspect she made it to try and keep us there. I miss her.
I was never the best grandson and for that I will always live with regret. I miss you Mimi but I know you are with the Lord. I'll see you soon.

Stacie Mitchell

January 4, 2021

Mimi was a wonderful woman. She will be missed by all! Prayers for the family!

Aaron Wagster

January 4, 2021

The inviting fragrance of coffee, bacon, eggs, biscuits in the morning and pies in the afternoon holds a significant place in my memory and heart because it meant more than provision of delicious food. The secret ingredient to anything cooked, baked or gifted was love. You cannot purchase or duplicate that unique Ruthie Wagster love. To receive something from my "Mimi" was to receive her and her boundless love. May her memory be eternal +

Terry Lewis

January 2, 2021

I never saw my Aunt Ruthie with any expression on her face that was not one of love, kindness and genuine happiness! She was forever happy and her smile never faded! What a Saint Heaven has welcomed home!

Melody Miller Parsley

January 1, 2021

Ronnie and family, I was so sorry to see your mom’s obituary in the paper. She was always such a pleasant and caring person and so very nice to me. I will always remember her with love.
Sincerely, Melody

Pat Lewis-Duncan

January 1, 2021

Aunt Ruthie was the most loving, personable person I ever knew. She was my aunt by marriage to Paul Lewis. Such a remarkable woman.