Ruth Ann Childress, age 78, resident of Lawrence, Kansas passed away, unexpectedly due to complications of heart disease on Friday, October 9, 2020 in her home. She was born in Cloverport, Kentucky on April 26, 1942. She was preceded in death by her father Arthur Adcox and her stepmother, Annabelle (Robinson) Adcox.
Ruth Ann graduated in 1960 from Charleston High School in Illinois and married her High school sweetheart, Gerry Childress, who survives in Lawrence, KS. She spent her time raising her children until she became a realtor in Charleston with Robert Carlisle Realtors in 1977. She then continued her real estate career after they moved to Redlands, California in 1979. Among her many real estate accomplishments was her membership in The President’s Club for selling over a million dollars of real estate each year. Aside from her career, Ruth also enjoyed baking, gardening, hosting dinner with friends, holiday gatherings with family, and discussing politics. Moving to Tennessee in 1995, Ruth and Gerry owned and operated a quaint and extremely popular restaurant called Desserts and More. Located on the iconic strip of Gatlinburg for over 10 years before finally relocating to Lawrence, Kansas to be closer to family members. Ruth and Gerry celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on June 3rd, 2020.
Surviving are her three children, Chad (Ann) Childress, April Feezor, and Heather (Marcus) Beckerle; her grandchildren Cody Childress, Amber (Alex) Waterbury, Sierra Lynn Childress, Jessica Feezor, Jenna (Thomas) Uko, and Katie Beckerle; and her great-grandchildren Audra Waterbury and Harper Rose Waterbury.
Also surviving are her five sisters: Shirley Grinslade, Faye Hutson, Janelle Carey, Virenda Barbour and Glenda Adcox.
A Remembrance of Life will be held this week at her private residence for family and friends. The family wishes to thank all those who have loved and supported Ruth over the years.