Ruth Juanita Gaines-Thompson
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Funeral services for Ruth Gaines-Thompson will be Friday, June 13, 2014 at Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 521 Baptist St., Pineville, LA at 11:00 AM. with the Rev. Allen Hall officiating. Visitation will be at 9:00 AM at the church. Interment Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery, Pineville. Funeral Services are under the direction of Winnfield Funeral Home.
Ruth Juanita Gaines-Thompson was born on May 14, 1933. She was the fifth of seven children born to the union of James and Lutisha "Lula" Boney-Gaines in Pineville. She departed this life on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
Sis. Thompson was baptized by the late Rev. (Dr.) E.C. Curtis of Bright Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church where she was an active member and attended service regularly. She has served as Superintendent of Sunday School, member and director of the Senior Choir, Youth Choir Director, Head Trustee, and Mission Ministry to name a few.
Sis. Thompson was a graduate of Peabody High School in Alexandria. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Leland College in Baker, and her Master's Degree in Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. She retired from the Rapides Parish School System with a total of 26 years in 1992.
Sis. Thompson was joined in marriage to Robert Thompson on June 19, 1957. To this union, three children, Vanessa, Paul and Janet were born. Sis. Thompson was very active in the community. She was a member of Just Us Girls Civic & Social Club, Harmony Social Club, a life member of VFW Post 8852 Ladies Auxiliary, and the Cenla Retired Teachers Association. Her Masonic affiliations include being the Grand Royal Princess for the Grand United Order of Sons & Daughters of Isaac & Rebecca, Inc., Louisiana Jurisdiction; Worthy Matron of Bethune Chapter #83 Order of Eastern Stars, Prince Hall Affiliation, Louisiana Jurisdiction, Mary G.M. White Court #12, Order of the Amaranth and Rosebud Court #11 Heroines of Jericho.
Sis. Thompson was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lutisha Gaines, her sisters Mary Etta Johns, Vivian Woodard, Delores Croal, her brother James "Sonny" Gaines and her daughter, Vanessa Thompson.
She leaves to cherish her memories her loving husband of 56½ years, Robert Thompson of Alexandria; one son, Paul Thompson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; one daughter, Janet Thompson of Alexandria; three grandchildren, Derrick Britt of Dallas, Texas, Jennifer Britt of Alexandria, and Sarina "Nikki" Thompson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; three great-grandchildren, Sanaa Antwine, Makenzie Britt and Makynlee Britt, all of Alexandria; two sisters, Lutisha Lorio of Pineville, and Sandra Sue Brooks (Richard) of Romeo, Michigan; one sister-in-law, Shirley Gaines of Apple Valley, California and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Published in The Town Talk on June 12, 2014