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Ruth Adams

Services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 776 Gavilan Canyon Road, Ruidoso, for Helen Ruth Adams of Ruidoso.

Adams, 92, passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Ruidoso following a brief illness.

She was born Dec. 3, 1925, in Artesia, the eldest of seven children of Jim and Writa Mae Hammond.

In 1945, she married a “Texas boy,” Pinkey Adams, in Carlsbad, and the two were married for nearly 63 years. They enjoyed music and dancing, and had a music studio for most of their married life, where they taught accordion, guitar and piano lessons.

Ruth became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1947. For more than 40 years, she spent many hours as a full-time evangelizer, teaching many of the truths of the Bible. She loved teaching people the Bible as well as teaching piano. She was a great teacher.

Survivors include brothers Charlie Hammond of Jupiter, Fla., James “J.O.” Hammond of Artesia, and John Hammond of Vernel, Utah; daughters Sharron McClure and husband Ray of Ruidoso, Janine McClure and husband Steve of San Angelo, Texas, and Shelly Boatman and husband Heath of Loving; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pinkey Adams, in 2008; sisters Georgie Buck and Louise Sherman; and her youngest brother, Frank Hammond.

Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel of Ruidoso. Condolences may be expressed online at lagroneruidoso.com.

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