Friends and family say Ruth Ann Bishop was always ready to lend a hand.
And on Tuesday, autopsy reports were released, and officials ruled her death as accidental in Saturday night’s house fire.
Personal friend, Dorothy Bishop, said “Ruthie” was always willing to help people in the community. Bishop said she was active in her church and was a “go-to” person when it came to driving elderly friends to the store or the doctor’s office.
Friends have said Bishop was also involved politically, helping to drive people to the polls to vote at each election.
“She was a good person,” Bishop said. “Everybody loved her.”
On Tuesday, Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt announced that Bishop’s death was accidental. She died of smoke inhalation with thermal burns, the coroner said.
The fire investigation is being handled by the State Fire Marshal’s office, which is customary in a death case, Oktibbeha County Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said Tuesday, adding a report will be forthcoming in several weeks.
The case is still under investigation and no further details can be released at this time, Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Ricky Davis said Tuesday.
Editor’s note: Please see a column on Page A4 in today’s edition by News Editor Paul Sims about the newspaper’s earlier story on this incident.