Ruth Kirkpatrick Henson

Friday, March 7, 1941 - Tuesday, August 10, 2021

A Gentle and Beautiful Soul

Photo of Ruth Kirkpatrick Henson  - 1941-2021

Ruth Kirkpatrick Henson passed from this life into God’s Love and Grace on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

A native of Haywood County, she was preceded in death by her loving parents, William and Alice Kirkpatrick; and her parents-in-law, Carl and Hilda Henson. Ruth was the youngest of 18 children with 15 beloved siblings, many in-laws, nieces, and nephews preceding her in death.

Ruth was a dedicated employee of American Enka Corporation until 1976 and after became a devoted homemaker.  She compassionately cared for her mother, Alice, for 25 years.  Mrs. Henson was a faithful member of Center Pigeon Baptist Church where she served as a deacon’s wife, Sunday School teacher, and church treasurer for many years. She was a member of “The Ladies Nest” Sunday School Class where she made many friendships that she loved deeply and she also supported many Christian Missions.

Ruth was known for her easy smile, kind spirit, and gentle nature. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh. She enjoyed working on crossword and jigsaw puzzles. It brought her joy to listen to her family make Old-Time Appalachian Music and to hear her husband sing! Ruth enjoyed reading mysteries, local newspapers and also about Haywood County history.  Exploring Western North Carolina with her beloved Jerry to find a road, church, old home, or barn that they had not found before was a favorite pastime. She cherished visits with her children and grandchildren, working jigsaw puzzles with them. If you knew Ruth, you probably have a card or letter tucked away that was written from her. One of her favorite things was to find the perfect card and write a personal note to her loved ones.  We will cherish her little notes and cards forever. We will miss her every moment until we meet again.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 52 years and the love of her life, Jerry Henson of Canton; a daughter, Christy Henson Sutton and husband Shane of Canton; a son, Jeremy Henson and wife Sheri of Hillsborough; four adoring grandchildren, Joshua and Nicholas Sutton, Cole and Adrienne Henson; her brother, Roy French Kirkpatrick and Judy of Waynesville; her sister, Helen Kirkpatrick Icard of Newport News, VA;  her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: April Kirkpatrick of Waynesville, Phyllis Garland, Dallas and Carlene James, Jimmy and Hilda Ruth Robinson, and Janie Conard all of Canton; many nieces and nephews who adored their Aunt Ruth; her dearest friend of over 50 years, Wilma Foster, along with many other lifelong friends whom she cherished.

The family will host a Celebration of Life for Mrs. Henson at a later date.

Memorials may be made in memory of Ruth Henson to Good Samaritan Baptist Mission with a donation to Opportunity of a Lifetime, P.O. Box 430, Villa Rica, Georgia 30180, or to Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. (Haywood County Program) in memory of Ruth Henson, P.O. Box 44 Independence, VA 24348, or by clicking "Donate" at the Junior Appalachian Musicians memorial page for Mrs. Ruth Henson, with donations that will provide instruments to children.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Henson family.

Condolences from family and friends

Christy and family, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Tammy Shipman
I love you Ruth. You were a dear friend, and I'm going to miss you
Louise Green
Dearest Brother Jerry and family, It saddens us for you all to hear the news of Mrs. Ruth. What a precious lady she was. We are praying for you all. Love you, The Barnettes
Dennis and Sandra Barnette
Jerry, Christi, Jeremy and many family members. Sorry to see where Ruth passed. They were very special neighbors to Mom and Dad.. My Prayers and Love to each of you............................Ruby Lee Shipman Crumpler.
Ruby Crumpler
This lady was always so kind to me, she always had a smile on her face. Love this family and the memories I have with them.
Tami Steppleton Alvarez
Dear Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of Ruth. May the Lord bless you and comfort you with His love and grace.
Randy and Janie Wood
So very sorry to hear of my friends passing. She was one of those rare souls that had a great capacity for love. A sweet,gentle and kind person who made this world a better place. I will miss you.
Sandra Crowe
My prayers of comfort to all who loved this beautiful christian woman... God always carries us through , speaks to us the words only His Sweet Holy Spirit can convey , such peace He provides His children...o what comfort to know Ruth is in His presence ...
Linda Queen Roberts
It was truly a blessing to have known Ruth. She was a gentle, sweet and godly lady. Our prayers are with all the family. May God hold you close and give the comfort that only He can give. Love and prayers, Bro. Bob & Patsy Green
On & Patsy Green
So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was always eager to share a smile and a sweet hello. Prayers for the family in the coming days.
James and Sherrie Griffith
Jerry and family, We are praying for God’s peace for your family. We are sorry for your loss. With love, Tom, Travis and Thomas
Tom Tatham
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jerry, Christy, Jeremy and all of the family during this time. Ruth was a wonderful person and a truly great friend over all the years. We can rejoice in knowing she is in a better place and we'll get to join her there one day!
R.J. & Doris McCall and Fannie Wells
We want to pass along our condolences to Jerry, Christy, Jeremy and all of Ruth's family. She will always be remembered for being such a kind and caring lady who was friendly to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. May you find comfort now that she is in a better place with no sickness.
Richard, Amy and Haley McCall
Jerry, Christy, and Jeremy: I was so saddened to see that Ruth has passed away. I loved running into her at the drug store or grocery store, We would block the aisle for some time just catching up. She was the epitome of a gentle soul. May God be especially close to you in the days to come as you deal with missing her. Cathy and Harold
Cathy Walsh
Praying for you Ruth was a good friend will miss her
Louise conard
We send our condolences for the family.
Kim and Laura DeWeese
Dear Jerry & Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Ruth was a very special lady. She was a soft spoken,gentle & loving person who we loved very much. May God be with your family at this time & comfort you with his love.She will definitely be missed at our reunion but we will reunite with her again one day.Sincerely, Darlene & Roger Hannah.
roger hannah
Yes, truly a gentle and beautiful person and l loved her the most.
Pat Pope
My sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one.
Sharon Byers Conner
To Jerry and family, We are so sorry about the passing of Ruth. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary &Barbara Miller
Jerry, Christy and Jeremy and family, I am praying that God wrap you in His loving arms and comfort you as only He can. Ruth was a meek gentle lady and she will be greatly missed. She was a big influence in my life and I loved her dearly.
Sandra Epley