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Ruth Virginia Nanney Mann, 97, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2013 at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, Mississippi. Mrs. Mann had resided at The Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville for the last two years. Before moving to The Carrington, her primary caregiver in Belmont for several years was Mrs. Nell McGee. Mrs. Mann was born in Mantachie, Ms. on June 16, 1916 to the late Dr. N. W. Nanney and the late Mrs. Vivian Ballard Nanney Hughes.
After graduating in 1933 from Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, Ms., she attended and graduated from MUW in Columbus, Ms., then known as MSCW, a school that was dear to her heart. She taught school in Fulton, Tupelo, and then in Belmont, where she shared her love of the English language for 20 years. She met Etha Mann after coming to Belmont to teach and they married in 1941. They were married for 52 years before his death in 1993.
Mrs. Mann was a member of First Baptist Church, Belmont, all her married life and beyond, and she taught Sunday School there for over 60 years. She sang in the church choir until she was no longer physically able to get in the choir loft, was active in WMU, and was a member of the Ladies Care Circle at FBC.
Other joys in her life included her bridge club, a group composed of members from Red Bay and Belmont, that met once a month for many years and the Allegro Motor Home Club, with which she and Etha traveled across the U.S. and beyond for 12 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 13, at First Baptist Church, Belmont, Ms. with Bro. Jack Maroon, Bro. Ray Burks and Phil Byram officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Garden, Belmont, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. will be in charge of arrangements.
She loved her family dearly and is survived by her two daughters - Jenny Reed (Jerry) and Kathy Keys (Tony); her grandchildren - Jay Reed (Melissa), Rusty Reed (Mindy), Davey Keys (Peggy), Anna Keys Durden (Cameron), and Carol Keys Gledhill (Clay); her great-grandchildren - Jacob Reed, Lauren Reed, Peyton Reed, Ruthie Reed, Abbie Durden and Cameron Durden, Jr. and several nieces and a nephew.
Mrs. Mann was preceded in death by her husband, Etha Mann, her parents, an infant brother, and her two sisters, Sybil Stewart and Hallie Armstrong.
Pallbearers will be Jay Reed, Jacob Reed, Rusty Reed, Davey Keys, Cameron Durden, Clay Gledhill, Duane Mann and Bill Stewart.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and she will lie in state 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 855, Belmont, Ms. 38827.