Ruth Carolyn Hood Walker, 76, died peacefully at Eternal Hope Hospice in Griffin, Ga., surrounded by family and friends on January 31, 2017. She was born in Savannah, Ga. on September 18, 1940 and was the daughter of Jack A and Mary Elizabeth (Sherin) Hood, Sr., both of whom predeceased her.
She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Faith and Tom Swinson and Jackie and Wade Roberts, and four grandchildren, Christopher and Matthew Swinson, and Travis and Tori Roberts. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Ann Walker. She is also survived by JoElla Baker, Frances and Gene Walker, Susan and Gene Wise, Sally and Ed Walker, Jack Hood, Jr., Guy Hood, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her former spouse, Jack A Walker. She will be missed by her loyal canine companion, Penny. Ruth was a devoted mother and grandmother and loved to share the accomplishments of her children, and especially her grandchildren.
She graduated from Commercial High School and the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse specializing in orthopedic care for over 35 years at Memorial Medical Center and loved mentoring new nurses to the profession. She was an old school nurse who gave exemplary patient care, developing wonderful relationships with their families. Her retirement party was a celebration of her true dedication and devotion to her nursing career.
For many years, she loved leading others to Christ by serving in the bus ministry of Bible Baptist Church. She unselfishly gave of her time, talents, and treasure, touching the lives of numerous children and their families.
The family extends sincere appreciation to her many caring physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, CNAs, caregivers, and hospital staff while at Spalding Regional Hospital and Eternal Hope Hospice. Their care and professionalism was only exceeded by their kindness to her.
A memorial service will be officiated by the Reverend Patrick O’Brien on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Islands Chapel of Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends prior to the service, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment service will follow at Bonaventure Cemetery.
Remembered Joy- I’d like the memory of me to
be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles
when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering
softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing
times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of
those who grieve, to dry before the sun; Of happy
memories that I leave when life is done.
Please sign our guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com. Fox & Weeks Funeral Director, Islands Chapel, Savannah, Ga.