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Chat with Annie Ruth

Posted Sunday, December 23, 2007, at 7:55 AM

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An everyday smile from Annie Ruth
I had a delightful conversation with Annie Ruth yesterday. Some may know her as Annie Ruth Luna or if you go back a few years during her time in Bell Buckle, Annie Ruth Douglas. If you go even further back to her maiden days, then you cover more territory than we did yesterday and that was a lot.

I originally arranged the visit with her son Dave Douglas who is now "retired and living in central Texas", but obviously keeps close tabs on his native Bedford County. He saw my blog about a hidden wealth of knowledge in our senior citizens and suggested that Annie Ruth and I talk.

Her letter about gardening and such should be published in today's (Sunday) newspaper, so make sure your get a copy, but it turns out that she is a wealth of knowledge on many things in Bell Buckle, so we had LOTS to talk about.

Both seeing her and talking to her, you would never guess that she is about to start her 90th year on this earth! I can only hope I am doing that well, so it made me curious about how she lives her life. Reading her favorite book and not dwelling on the negatives seemed to be a big part.

What book? She smiled and said that she did not want to be pushy, but she reads the Bible. We had lots of things to talk about, so we did not get a chance to discuss what chapters and verses were her favorites, but I have to get back and find out, because she has obviously gleaned the best of the best.

Gardening was my main topic for the visit, but she had so many interesting things to say about my area of Bedford County that we rarely touched the garden. Besides she said, "I said all I know to say about gardening in my letter to you". In fact, she knows a lot more. We just need to spend more time chatting.

When she entered assisted living, she briefly had thoughts that all of us would probably have, but she quickly dismissed the negative and focused on the positive. She now seems to fully embrace her newest stage of life and is a positive influence on others staying there.

More to come.


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I found this article about "Aunt" Annie Ruth tonight and wanted to let you know that she is and has always been one of the kindest, most loving, down-to-earth person I have had the privilege of knowing. When we moved to Bell Buckle way back in 1948 the Douglas family met us on our way to our new home. We were fortunate enough to live just down the road from them. What wonderful memories I have of times spent with a wonderful family.

I'm sorry I missed the article about your meeting with Aunt Annie Ruth. We were out of town at the time it was published. I will check with the T-G office and hope to pick up the issue it was in.

I'm sure you received quite a blessing from the brief time that you spent doing your interview. You certainly could not have chosen a better subject!

-- Posted by coloradoblue on Tue, Jan 1, 2008, at 1:23 AM

I met Annie Ruth through my job at the Senior Citizens Center. She is a treasure.

-- Posted by BCAC-Brenda on Mon, Dec 31, 2007, at 8:06 AM

I read the T-G early this morning & hoped to see Mary Ellen at church & mention to her how much both my husband & I enjoyed reading her mother's letter. Here I was worried about moving from Nashville to Shelbyville. That was nothing compared with the change MizAnnie made in her life when she married. It is obvious that she loved not only her husband but her gardening as well.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Sun, Dec 23, 2007, at 6:52 PM

Steve...from her three kids, here's a big "Thanks for the kind words about MizAnnie!" She's a communicator--as you probably noticed, even at near-90, when she's story-telling she'll frequently meander off for a 'sidebar' or two, then jump right back to where she left off without skipping a detail! We appreciate your active interest in offering the T-G readers/bloggers a slice of our Senior Citizenry. Many of them have a level of wisdom that's often missing with those of us following along behind the "greatest generation"! We appreciate your positive efforts!!

-- Posted by dkd57 on Sun, Dec 23, 2007, at 12:02 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.