Ellen Ruth Collins Potts
Date of Death: March 20, 2015
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Services to honor the life of Ellen Ruth Collins Potts will be held 10:00a.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Visitation to encourage her family will be held at Temple Baptist Church on Sunday, March 22 from 2:00-5:00p.m. She succumbed to cancer on…

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Ashley Owens Harvey left a message on April 7, 2015:
Mrs. Potts was truly a Bearcat legend. She was always full of love for the Bearcats and her students. She was a wonderful English teacher. To this day I still sing her little songs about gerunds and infinitives. She was always kind but tough, and she really cared whether her students learned. She will always be a central part of my RHS memories. She will truly be missed.
Robyn Fallin Alleman left a message on March 26, 2015:
I was so saddened to hear of Mrs. Potts passing! Heaven truly gained an angel! Mrs. Potts had such a positive influence on so many students. I am unable to put just how wonderful she was into words! She was the epitome of a true Bearcat! She truly loved all of us and that love was fully reciprocated! She will never be forgotten and can never be replaced! The image of her cheering on the Bearcats (Especially Beat 'em, Bust 'em!) will forever be etched into my memory! Deepest condolences to her family!!
Jo and Sam Dauzat, and Sons left a message on March 23, 2015:
We remember Ms Ruth as a dedicated teacher and a fine person. Our sons to whom she taught English at Ruston High have high praise for her conscientiousness and ability. She will be well remembered.it is our sincere hope that your own memories will sustain you during this difficult time of loss.
Peggy Van left a message on March 23, 2015:
Truman, I only wish I could be there to visit with you. I have kept up with you through a very special friend during these trying times and my prayers have been with you. I only know how hard it will be in the coming days just know that she is with our Lord and that she is watching over us as a guardian angel now. Peace be with you and call me if you need me. You and Ellen were such very special people and I was so very honored to know her.
Anne Yake left a message on March 23, 2015:
I am quite certain that Mrs. Ruth has been greeted by our Heavenly Father with a word of praise for a life lived glorifying His name. What an example she provided for us all! I had the privilege of many Sunday lunches at Mrs. Ruth and Mr. Truman's house while I was at Louisiana Tech, and she was a shining example to an English major of what a REAL English teacher looked like. Mrs. Ruth lived her life to the fullest. She raised two children who are amazing and wonderful people. I thank you for your daughter, who is one of the best people that I know and for your example.
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Keith Kelley left a message on March 23, 2015:
Truman, I am so sorry to read of Ruth's passing. She fought the good fight and touched many lives in the process. Our family appreciated Ruth's speaking at Tom's funeral and I only wish that I could be there in person tomorrow. Thank you for being friends to both of my parents and May God Bless both you and your family.Keith KelleyLagrange, Illinois
David and Michelle Hammock left a message on March 22, 2015:
There are so many words to describe Ruth Potts. She was one of a kind, a very special lady with such an amazing love for life! Our paths first crossed as she was my permanent substitute teacher in 4th grade at Cypress Springs. Then in 7th grade she was my French teacher at Glen View and at RHS, she was my cheerleader sponsor. I always admired the positive spirit that she had and the way that she truly cared about her students.She continued to show her interest in us by coming to our high school reunions to say hello and hear about our lives. Each of us were blessed to have known her and to have been taught by her. We are comforted in knowing that she is in heaven praising Jesus now. May God be with your family as you adjust to life without her. We will continue praying for you. Love to you all!
Kevin Hooks left a message on March 22, 2015:
Ruth was just the epitome of kindness and Godliness...such a sweet, gentle woman and so happy to have had the pleasure of knowing her and having her as part of my extended family. Special thoughts and prayers to Truman, my sister Lisa, brother in law Frank, Morgan, Mackenzie and Harrison. Also to Lori, Jim, Abbie and Colin. You were all so fortunate to have such a wonderful woman in your lives. Love you all.
Betty Jo Hooks left a message on March 22, 2015:
You were such a Special person to people and also to my family and especially the grandchildren we have shared all these years..I know you were a big influence in their lives as well as others...Rest in Peace Ruth....knowing that you were Loved by many......Love you, Betty Jo Hooks
Nick and Tammy Burroughs. left a message on March 22, 2015:
We enjoyed meeting and getting to know you when we were neighbors of lisa and Frank. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Nick and Tammy
John Zitzmann left a message on March 22, 2015:
Truman, I am so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. I still remembering her grading tests and homework papers while accompanying you to the NLSHP meetings.
Deborah and Brady Moore left a message on March 22, 2015:
Your mom touched the lives of so many and those special memories of her will never be forgotten. What a special lady she was! We are praying for your family. Brady and Deborah Moore
Margaret and Tom Thompson left a message on March 22, 2015:
Ruth's influence lives on in the lives that she touched in her earthly journey. To her family I will say that you are fortunate to have had such a loving, sincere, kind person as a Mother, sister, wife, and friend.
Suzanne Dyson Tyler left a message on March 21, 2015:
To know Ruth Potts is to love her! I can remember vividly being in her freshman English class and on the cheering squad with her as my sponsor. She was a stickler for good behavior as she always expected the very best from her students. You never ever left her class without knowing the RHS Alma Mater. Her grandaughter Abby was born my freshman year and Mrs. Potts could not have been more excited! She was a true Ruston Bearcat and I'm a better person to have known her. When my family moved back to Ruston and we started attending Temple, mrs. Potts was ever the encourager. I enjoyed seeing her and she was always upbeat that she was feeling good and always made the best of her situation. I LOVED that my daughter was able to meet Mrs. Potts because the very first cheer she learned at RHS mini clinic was "Beat 'em Bust 'em" and I wanted her to know her embodied that cheer!! Words could never truly do justice to the way I feel about Mrs. Ruth Potts. She is an amazing woman who touched so many lives. She was loved!!!!!
Carolyn Talton left a message on March 21, 2015:
Ruth exemplified the life of a Christian. She will be missed by many.
Zeffrey Lucas left a message on March 21, 2015:
What a blessing Miss Ruth has been to so many people. These blessings will continue as her spark and light will be everlasting on earth and now in heaven. You have been incredibly strong.
Sonja Walker left a message on March 21, 2015:
Ruth Potts was the epitome of what Christ wanted us to be on earth. She was my Sunday School teacher when we first moved to Ruston. She and I visited many people together and we always had a great time doing it. She helped me continue to see the value of missions in my own life and in the life of my church. Heaven has received one of His finest. I know she is organizing mission groups and choir practices up there. Until we see you again, thank you for the influence you had on all of us. Our prayers are with your sweet family.
Kilpatrick Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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