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Mrs. Ruth Barrow, of Red Level, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018, at the Andalusia Health. She was 89.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, December 21, 2018, at the Keahey Funeral Home Chapel of Andalusia with Mr. Buddy Gilman officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services (1:00 P.M.) at Keahey Funeral Home Chapel of Andalusia. Interment will follow in the Fairmount Baptist Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jonathan Gantt, Jared Gantt, John Williams, Gywin Black, Bert Rickles, and Jim Buckner.
Mrs. Barrow is survived by one daughter, Amy (Edward) Gantt of New Bern, N.C.; two grandchildren, Jonathan (Blossom) Gantt of Laurel, M.D., and Jared Gantt of Alamogordo, N.M.; one great-grandchild, Liam Gantt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Levrette Barrow; and her parents, William Thomas Tollison and Maggie Lee Manley.
A woman with an indomitable spirit, with a ready twinkle and an easy laugh, Ruth was a friend to all, welcoming anyone into her circle, influencing others with her timely wit, homespun wisdom, and undaunting faith. She was an optimist by choice, welcoming joys, but also facing difficulties with strength and grace, and lived each day with appreciation for its blessings.
After 30 productive years with Acousti Engineering Company, employed as a secretary and bookkeeper, she retired and moved with her husband from Pensacola, Florida, to their childhood hometown of Red Level, Alabama, where they continued life at a slower pace. Ruth and Levrette were constant companions, each other’s best friend, until Levrette’s passing two days before their 60th anniversary, in 2009.
Though love for God and her church was strong, her family received an equal measure. She was devoted to her daughter and son-in-law, and cherished family visits from her grandsons and granddaughter-in-law. In her last year of life, she reveled in the birth of her first great-grandchild, Liam, and was blessed to hold him and love him in person.
Through her selfless commitments to her family, her church, and her friends, and through her active faith and lively optimism, she was an example to all and leaves a legacy to follow. She will be missed.
Please join us in remembering Mrs. Barrow by visiting her memorial page at www.keaheyfuneralhome.com. We invite you to share your memories and words of comfort with her loved ones there.