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Graveside Service for Mrs. Ruth Lanier Hester “Annie Ruth”, 95, of McKenzie, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020, at Bushfield Cemetery with Pastor Alvin Blackburn officiating.  Mrs. Hester passed away Thursday in Evergreen.

She is survived by her son, Stephen Hester; daughters, Lisa Baldwin, Anne Smitherman, Kathy Ruth Hester, and Pamela Skipper; grandchildren, Lee Popwell, Michelle Tyler, Daphne Burgard, Catherine Dearling, Keith Kirkland, and Kenny Kirkland; and 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Willard Hester; children, Joseph M. Hester and William Lee Popwell.

Annie Ruth was a writer, poet, and had multiple books published. She wrote a column for the Evergreen Courant for many years. She loved to garden and raise all kinds of animals. She loved her kids and her grandkids. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

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