Ruth Elizabeth Adkisson, 106, of Huntsville, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Countryside Assisted Living, Huntsville.  

She was born Saturday, Aug. 14, 1915, in Lima, Ill., to Robert S. and Alice Thompson Whitefield.

Ruth was mother to one daughter.  She graduated from Gem City Business College in 1935.  She was an administrative assistant for many years in the Arlington Heights School District. She was also a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Ruth was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Bud Bloomfield; her parents, Robert and Alice Whitefield; and 10 siblings.  She is survived by her two grandchildren, Brooke and John Cook of Huntsville, and Ty and Yazmin Bloomfield of Murphy, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Shelby Cook, Logan Cook and Jackson Cook, all of Huntsville, and Maiya Bloomfield and Aidan Bloomfield, both of Murphy, Texas; one sister, Nancy Blickhan; and many nieces and nephews.

Our Grandmother Ruth (because anything other than calling her Grandmother wasn’t classy enough) until we gave her GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, then GG became her proud new name (and WHAT a GG she was!) Ruth Adkisson was one amazing, inspirational Lady. Just imagine in her nearly 107 years the things she has seen in her lifetime! A little bit about our GG: Her proudest accomplishment was her daughter, Karen. She would often tell people her best friend was her son-in-law Bud Bloomfield. When our father, Bud passed, she adopted John Cook, her grandson-in-law, as her new best friend. He could make her laugh like no other. She also developed a very special bond with her granddaughter-in-law Yazmin. They shared some very special moments together. She became a first-time home buyer in her Nineties. She also worked until she was in her nineties. Her favorite color was WHITE, from white carpet to white walls, white cars, white furniture, and her signature white beanie she has worn on her head this past year. White WAS her signature color. Perhaps the secret to her longevity was her one glass of red wine every evening until she was 100! She also gave amazing advice, often telling her great-granddaughter, Shelby, to always stay humble and that it is “Nice to be important but it is more important to be nice”. GG despised TV unless it was the older stuff, “Abbott and Costello,” “The Carol Burnet show” or “I Love Lucy” (she loved to laugh). She also loved to read and had a bit of a hopeless romantic streak. Nicholas Sparks was her favorite author. “The Notebook” was her favorite book. She had an extra special place in her heart for her youngest grandsons, Aidan and Jackson. Her eyes would just light up whenever they were around. She was so proud of her oldest grandson Logan, recently telling him he has grown into such a handsome young man. She sure loved hearing him talk about baseball. She loved listening to her youngest granddaughter Maiya sing, often saying she has the voice of an angel. She could never get enough of listening to her oldest granddaughter’s stories. They have a special bond, they baked together, sewed together and she loved watching Shelby dance and would say she was so graceful she had to be dancing on air. For Ty and I she was everything, our mentor, our counselor, our lifetime best friend.

Ruth was everything a mother, grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and friend should be. She exuded kindness and compassion. She loved to giggle, and boy was her giggle contagious.

Our Grandmother Ruth said she didn’t like people to make a “fuss” over her. Although secretly we think she enjoyed the attention. We will be holding a small family service in her honor.

Private interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Okla.  

Services are entrusted to Brashears Funeral Home and Crematory of Huntsville. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her name to the Edna Gladney Home, www.iamgladney.org. This is where Ty and Brooke were adopted from, and her favorite charity. She donated to them yearly.