Ruth Roper Wansley, age 96, of Athens, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
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A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Wansley was the daughter of the late King Samuel Roper and Carrie Candace Blackwell Roper. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Lamar Travis Wansley; two infant children: Patricia and Travis Wansley; a son-in-law, Thomas C. Gilliland Sr.; and seven siblings.
Mrs. Wansley graduated from Franklin County High School and attended the University of Georgia. Ruth and Lamar began their married life together in Vienna. After World War II, Lamar's career took them to Athens, then Atlanta, and finally Valdosta, until they retired and returned to Athens in 1981. They were actively involved in each community, making life-long friends wherever they lived.
Ruth was a member of Athens First United Methodist Church where she was involved in the United Methodist Women. She belonged to garden clubs in both Valdosta and Athens, and was a member of the Athens Country Club with Lamar. She and Lamar enjoyed many athletic and alumni activities together at the University of Georgia.
Ruth was the ultimate homemaker and an avid reader, but her most cherished times were spent with Lamar, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the special nieces and nephews she loved.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Joel Darden, of Monroe; son, Steve Wansley, of Valdosta; daughter, Candy Gilliland, of Athens; grandchildren, Paige Darden Montague, Shannon Darden Shears, Anne Wansley Jacobs, Stephanie Wansley Avenel, Travis Wansley, Tom Gilliland, and Jason Gilliland; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 13, at Athens First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Martha Aenchbacher officiating. Interment will follow at Allen United Methodist Church Cemetery, in Carnesville.
The family will receive friends in the church parlor from 12 p.m. until the time of the service.
As an expression of sympathy, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Athens First United Methodist Church, 327 N. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30601.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 13, 2013