Ruth Ann Arington of Glade Spring, Va., passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 13, 2022, after a long illness.
Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Roby Lee, Sr. and Irma Orr; her former husband, Brice Monroe (Pat) Arington, Jr.; her older brother, Roby Lee Orr, Jr.; and her grandson, Douglas Randy “DJ” Jamerson, Jr. She is survived by her children: Keith Arington of Glade Spring, Va., former daughter-in-law, Tammy D. Arington, and grandson, Brandon Arington of South Carolina; Brad Arington and his partner, Mark Tran, of San Jose, Ca.; and Melissa Cummings, husband, Kerry, and granddaughter, Kerissa, of Vancouver, WA.; by her siblings: Eloise and her husband Joseph Thomas of Johnson City, Tn., Allen Orr of Glade Spring, Va., Joe Neal and his wife Debbie Orr of Glade Spring, Va., Jack Orr and his former wife Susan Tomlin of Glade Spring, Va., Linda and her husband Joseph Cieri of Graves Mill, Va.; and by her in-laws: Judy Orr of Damascus, Va., Mary Orr of Meadowview, Va., Joyce Braun of Abingdon, Va., Virginia Coffindaffer of Abingdon, Va., Rachel Clement of Franklin, Va., Mickey St. Clair of Huntington, W.Va. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ruth Ann graduated from Meadowview High School where she loved to play sports, especially basketball. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Radford University in education and served on the faculty of Patrick Henry High School for over two decades, first in physical education and then as a guidance counselor. During that time, she coached several sports, including track and field, and was a cheerleading sponsor. She remained close to her Radford college friends, including childhood friend Kay Luger Kendrick, and often took trips with her girlfriends. After her children were grown, Ruth Ann was a foster mother to several girls over more than a decade. She was an active member of the Old Glade Presbyterian Church, often providing flower arrangements for services and decorating the sanctuary for Christmas. She also was an avid bridge player, enjoyed the companionship of her book club, and loved nature, even spending as much time as possible on walks outdoors even through much of her illness.
A celebration of life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, April 9th in the Fellowship Hall of Old Glade Presbyterian Church at 33234 Lee Highway, Glade Spring, VA 24230. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Ruth Ann’s memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at michaeljfox.org
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The family of Ruth Ann Arington is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA (276) 623-2700