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Ruth Mardis Colvin

October 1, 1945 ~ August 8, 2019 (age 73)

Ruth Mardis Colvin, age 73, of Grundy Avenue, Springfield, passed away at her home on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

She was born on October 1, 1945 to the late Irvin Thomas and Mary Louise Mardis Colvin in Tampa Florida at the MacDill Air Force Base while her father was serving in the Army Air Corp during World War II.

She was a lifelong member of the Springfield Baptist Church, a 1963 graduate of Springfield High School and a graduate of the University of Kentucky with majors in English and Journalism. As a college senior, she won an award from Time  magazine for her Man-of-the-Year written submission. She taught English at Bardstown High School, but spent most of her career with the State Department of Health and Family Services.

She enjoyed planting flower beds around her yard, but her passion was supporting local humane shelters and organizations. She adopted and cared for many rescue dogs and was dedicated to animal welfare. Ms. Colvin served on the local board of Habitat for Humanity chapter. She was well-read and articulate, which made for interesting conversations when around her. She enjoyed discussing state and local politics with her many friends and acquaintances associated with her work.

Survivors include her brother, William I. Colvin and his wife, Verona of White House, TN and a niece, Ashley E. (Colvin) Lerza and her husband, James of Lexington.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 13th at the Carey & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Aaron Sherrell, pastor of the Springfield Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial was on Cemetery Hill.

Visitation was from 5 until 8 Monday and after 11:00 Tuesday morning at the Carey & Son Funeral Home.

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