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Ruth Ann Theile Hendricks was born Nov. 17, 1920, in Atlanta, GA, at her grandmothers home. Ruth grew up in Knoxville at their home near the University of Tennessee. Her father, Dr. F. H. Theile, was a Knoxville optometrist and her mother, Ethel Daniel Theile, was a part-time librarian at Lawson McGhee Library and long-time member of the Ossoli Circle, a Knoxville women's club. Ruth was the third of four children: Frances Theile Webb (deceased), Frank H. Theile Jr. (deceased), Ruth, and Barbara Theile Mullaney. Ruth was a graduate of Knoxville High School in 1938. She attended University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1938-'41 while also working for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
She was married to Hugh William Hendricks, on March 29, 1941, who later was a Crossville attorney until his passing on July 20, 2006. They were married 65 years. Ruth worked in Norris, TN, for the U.S. Dept. of Interior and for TVA Forestry Dept. while Hugh finished law school. Ruth periodically served as Hugh's secretary during the 50 years that he practiced law in Crossville.
She was a very loving mother to their six children: Hugh W. Hendricks Jr. (deceased July 16, 2014), Betty Hendricks, Julia H. Scruggs, Carol H. Young, Linda H. West and Nancy H. Boling. In addition she had eight grandchildren: Anthony (Tony) and Tim Poore, Jennifer Hendricks, Nicholas (Nick) and Gabriel (Gabe) West, Andrew, Samuel (Sam) and Jacob (Jake) Boling and several great and great great grandchildren.
She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing often with the senior and the Tansi groups. She enjoyed painting with oils and/or watercolors.
Ruth was a founding member of the Crossville chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for over 60 years and was treasurer for 30 years (1977-2007). She was a devout member of the Crossville St. Alphonsus Catholic Church of which she was a founding member.
Funeral Services for Ruth will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at 10 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Green Acres Memory Gardens. A visitation was held on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Bilbrey Funeral Home, followed by a Vigil Service.
Donations can be made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church or to a charity of your choice.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on August 29, 2016
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