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Ruth Kemp Mauldin Holcomb, 105, of Calhoun, passed away on Monday, April 10, 2017, at Gordon Health Care.
She was born Oct. 15, 1911, in the Chief Vann House in Spring Place, which was owned by her parents, Daniel D. and Sara Leonard Kemp. Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by brothers, Ted and Leonard Kemp; sisters, Agnes Kemp, Lucy Walker and Mary Ellis; her first husband, Henry A. Mauldin, who died in 1978, and her second husband, Homer Holcomb, who died in 2003. Two great-grandchildren, Sara Ashley Mauldin and George Kenneth Mauldin, also preceded her in death.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, H. Kemp and Peggy Mauldin, Lucia and Gary Eastham and Laurence Mauldin; grandchildren and their spouses, Daniel and Sara Mauldin, Mary Mauldin and Dan Rinenbach, Laurence "Hank" Mauldin and Janna, Robin and Justin Montgomery, and Rodney and Kim Holcomb; and eight great-grandchildren.
Ruth had a long, healthy life. After graduating Lucy Hill High School in Spring Place, she attended Piedmont and LaGrange colleges. She taught school early in life in several Gordon County schools after she married Henry, including Pine Chapel, Resaca and Sugar Valley in the late 1940s and '50s. She later joined her husband Henry in his business, Mauldin Feed and Seed, which was founded in 1949, and also operated the Greyhound Bus station until she retired.
Ruth was always active in civic organizations and loved playing in several bridge clubs, playing until she was 100 years old, and she always enjoyed visits from the family pets while at Gordon Health Care.
The family will receive friends today from 3 until 7 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Wesley Chapel United Methodist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, family request that donations be made to Animal Rescue League of NWGA, 1384 Self Lake Road, Fairmount, GA 30139, or Friends of the Vann House, 82 Highway 225 N., Chatsworth, GA 30705.
You may leave the family online condolences at www.thomasfuneralhomecalhoun.com.
Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Ruth Kemp Mauldin Holcomb of Calhoun.
Published on April 11, 2017
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