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Ruth Stephens, 84, Russell Springs, KY (1938-2022)

Ruth Ellen Oaks Stephens of Russell Springs died on Monday, December 19, 2022 at her home. She was 84 years old.

Funeral services will be held at NoonCT on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Wilson Funeral Home, 391 East Steve Wariner Dr., Russell Springs, KY. Interment will be in the Bernard Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 11amCT on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Wilson Funeral Home.

Survivors include:
  • Children: Debbie (Danny) Mann, of Russell Springs, Clint Stephens (deceased), Greg Stephens (deceased), Chris (Cindy) Stephens of New Boston, TX, Troy (Sylvia) Stephens, Wesley Stephens of Lexington, KY, Missy Stephens of Russell Springs, KY
  • Grandchildren: Derek Mann, Jolene Mann, Adam Mann, Jared Stephens,, Renee (Wade) Daffron, Jennifer Stephens, Haylee Stephens,, Myra Stephens, Emma Stephens, Sydney Stephens
  • 14 Great Grandchildren
  • 12 Great-Great Grandchildren
Ruth Ellen Oaks Stephens, was born Nov. 13, 1938, the daughter of the late Herb Oaks and Lillie Oaks.

Ruth was well-known for her culinary skills. She fed many over the years through her service in multiple restaurants before being hired by the Russell County Board of Education as a cook.

Affectionally called "Ma Ruth" in the community, her home-made pies, rolls, and potato soup were the most often requested meals. She is also fondly remembered by her family for the large Sunday breakfasts she would prepare. She loved having her family gathered around her.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Milburn "Pete" Stephens; three siblings: Jack Oakes, Glen Oaks, and Darlene Ashford; two sons: Clint and Greg Stephens; and daughter-in-law, Teresa Stephens.

Ruth is survived by: two daughters, Debbie (Danny) Mann and Missy Stephens, all of Russell Springs; three sons: Chris (Cindy) Stephens of New Boston, TX, Troy (Sylvia) Stephens, and Wesley Stephens of Lexington, KY.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Derek Mann, Jolene Mann, Adam Mann, Jared Stephens, Renee (Wade) Daffron, Jennifer Stephens, Haylee Stephens, Myra Stephens, Emma Stephens, Sydney Stephens, and Lillie Stephens. Fourteen great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren also survive.

Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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