West Orange
Erla Ruth Rumsey, 88, of West Orange, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at her home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. David Millner with Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Ruth was born on April 9, 1921, in Buna. She was the daughter of Annie Belle (Harris) Cooper and John Adnell Cooper. She was self-employed as a seamstress and was a member of the “Golden Girls” Sunday School Class. She loved to sew and spend time in her garden.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, John and Annie Cooper; husband, Calvin Lee “Fritz” Rumsey; two sons, David L. Rumsey, and Larry Murl Rumsey; grandson, David L. Rumsey Jr.; and sister, Nina McMillian.  

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gwen and Charles Atkinson; of Orange; sons and daughters-in-law, Lyndon and Kathe Rumsey of Olympia, Wash., and John and Margaret Rumsey of St. Augustine Park, Texas; daughters-in-law, Rose Rumsey, Ester Rumsey, and Gloria Glover; 13 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Sanders; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honoring her by serving as pallbearers will be her great-grandsons, Wade, Marcus and Nicholas Salazar, Dillon Rumsey, Rawdon Saulsbury, Calvin Medley, Jordan Quarles, and Cheyenne Rumsey.