Ruth Berry Dunaway

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On Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, Ruth Berry Dunaway passed away peacefully at the age of 89 surrounded by loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H.F. Speck Dunaway; and son-in-law, Gary Mullins.

She is survived by her daughters: Karen Mullins and Tami Traczek, Dan Traczek; grandchildren: Curt, Michael, Tyler and Seth; great-grandchild, Alayna; sister-in-law, Shirley Stevens; family friend, Brenda Bowker; and many nieces and nephews.

She was born on February 28, 1931, in Bogalusa, La., to Peter Charles and Birdie Mae Potts Berry. The youngest of her three siblings: Charles (Lynn) Berry, Bob (Betty) Berry and Jack (Betty) Berry, Ruth became a natural caregiver at an early age and an exceptional cook.

As a young mother, Ruth worked at Cleveland National Bank and was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for her daughters. She brought her Louisiana culture to Tennessee along with well-known Cajun dishes like po’boys and seafood gumbo.

She was a member of the Beta Signa Phi social and service sorority, where she served as president in 1971; a member of the Red Shoes social club for women; and she was active in her church social events.

Ruth was selfless and kind; she was the ultimate host and entertainer. She was a loving wife to her husband of more than 63 years. They were faithful members of St. Luke’s church in Cleveland. Ruth lost a part of herself when Speck passed away in 2012; the two are now reunited forever.

A private service will be held at St. Luke’s church.

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