Ms. Ruth Wiggins Malden, celebrated her 75th birthday on Monday, June 24, 2013, before she went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Born to the late Janice Jones and Bubba Garrison, Ruth was a native of Petersburg, Va., and had one beloved sister, Sylvia Jones.

She worked as an executive chef at the Petersburg County Club for several years until her retirement. Ruth was a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Petersburg, Va.

Ms. Malden leaves behind to cherish her memory, four loving children, Ruth, Ernestine, Dorita and Ernest Malden. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Leroy Jones (Wanda); a beautiful devoted niece, Janice Jones; a devoted son-in-law, Larry Wortham; and a host of family and friends.

Ruth has made her journey to join her family members, this was one of her greatest blessings.

A celebration of life for Ms. Ruth Wiggins Malden will be held 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 5, at 1224 McKenzie St., Petersburg, Va., and the family may be contacted by calling 804-503-6995 or 240-507-4031.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Ms. Malden at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,

Funeral Home

J M Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from June 30 to July 4, 2013