Ruth Thomas Froedge, age 87, of Lafayette, TN passed away on November 9, 2011 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, TN. Funeral Services for Ruth Froedge were conducted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Lafayette, TN with Jerry Mercer officiating. Zach Jiles, Brad Jiles, Chris Jiles, Jerry Froedge, Danny Froedge, Ronnie Nunn, Gregory Scott and Leonard Young served as Pallbearers. Interment was in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park.
In addition to her spouse and parents, she had two brothers, John and Howard Thomas to precede her in death. A native of Bowling Green, KY, she was one of four siblings born to the late Hugh and Zetta (Sandidge) Thomas. She attended school in Bowling Green and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in Home Economics. She was married to Dr. Evert Murrel Froedge, whom she met at Western Kentucky, on June 27, 1946. Dr. Froedge preceded her in death on March 30, 2001. She taught at a boy’s school in Bowling Green for a year. Their daughter, Sharon, was born while Murrel was still in Medical School in Louisville, KY in 1948. Dr. Murrel and Ruth moved to Lafayette in 1951 for “Doc” to start his medical practice. Ruth and her family were members and attended the Lafayette Church of Christ since 1951. Ruth always enjoyed hosting dinners and “get-togethers” at her home for church youth groups and was well known for being a wonderful cook and hostess whether for small intimate dinner parties or a huge back yard barbeque for a hundred people. She founded a Brownie Scout Troop in the 50’s for Sharon and other young girls. She went on to lead their Girl Scout troop for many years. She was very active in the PTA and served as “room mother” for Sharon’s classes. She was much loved by Sharon’s friends for taking them so many places. Ruth loved to play bridge. She played in the Lafayette Bridge Club for all of her life and also played in clubs in Lebanon, Hartsville, and Carthage. She loved to travel all over the country and world with “Doc”. She loved to work in her gorgeous yard where she planted so many beautiful dogwood trees and flowers. She was always very involved in the growth and beautification of Lafayette. She founded the Lafayette Garden Club back in 1966 and was the first President. She helped start the tradition of planting tulips in the courthouse lawn and planting and maintaining the beautiful barrels of flowers around town. She was a very active member of the Lafayette Home Demonstration Club, which was responsible for the maintaining the beautiful stone entry to the Lafayette City Park.
She is survived by, daughter, Sharon (Chris) Jiles, Midland, GA, grandsons, William Zachary (Micah) Jiles, Bradley Evert (Heather) Jiles, both of Columbus, GA, sister, Mary Thomas Buch, Lafayette, TN, 3 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Lafayette Church of Christ Youth Fund or Macon Helps Terminal Illness Fund. You may make those by calling or coming by the Funeral Home. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, Directors.