Ruth Lucille (Callahan) Tuter, 75 of Deepwater, MO was born June 16, 1944 and entered into eternal rest on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Visitation will be Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2 pm with service beginning at 3 pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Z Hwy, Deepwater, MO. Interment will be at Harris Bend Cemetery, Deepwater, MO. Arrangements by Sheldon-Goodrich Funereal Home, Osceola, MO.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas (Clyde) & Florence (Merry) Callahan; husband Billy M. Tuter; brothers: Charles Callahan, Patrick Callahan; sisters: Vera Schoor, & Anna Corwin.
She is survived by her brother, Thomas Callahan & wife Karen Callahan of Green Ridge, MO; sisters: Sylvia Sumner & husband Bill Sumner of Stover, MO; Bessie Thomas of Clinton, MO; 6 children – son, Thomas & wife Anita (Diane) Courtney of Marshfield, MO; son, Christopher Courtney of Springfield, MO; son, Bryan & wife Jamie Courtney of Springfield, MO; daughter, Janice & husband Richard Dills of Independence, MO; son, Freddie Tuter of Deepwater, MO; daughter, Karla Dodson of Deepwater, MO; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family & friends dearly. Active in her church and the Faith & Hope Club and took joy in making and giving to others their special projects. She worked very hard sewing for this and she smiled each time there was a new project. Enjoyed gardening and maintaining all her many types of flowers, and was always giving others some of her own flowers to plant. Loved all the get-togethers & family reunions, and could be counted on to greet you with a hug & smile. Always made time to write letters or send a special card (most of the time hand-made) to all her family & friends, and kept a list of who the recipient was and when it was sent. If you were on her list you were blessed.
Some of Mom’s personal memories…
~Sleeping upstairs ~ Learning to sew at age 6 ~ working in the garden ~ doing chores ~ country school house ~ going bare foot ~ climbing trees ~ wormy mulberries ~ tying up Lena Baxter ~ baseball w/board & hedge apple ~ first grade “sweetie” ~ locking Reva in coal house ~ “downed tree” club house ~ Halloween pranks ~ reversing names (messie baxine) ~ catching catfish in pond w/cane pole & corn cob float ~ making mud pies and brother Tom ate one! ~ “Annie Annie” over game ~ writing on the house ~ reading catalogs in the outhouse ~ got bit by a mouse & horse ~ learning to whistle ~ playing “hide & seek” in the hay stack ~ cutting off my braids & got spanked ~ teacher brought lunch ~ let the air out of tires ~ little Marion Parker record on Victrola ~ going squirrel hunting w/Tom ~ Vera combing my hair behind the wood stove ~ Kenny & the basket of kittens, Barb later got me a new one! ~ Tom made a honey cake, not even the dog would eat it! ~ spending a week at Max’s, we played in the tar! ~ Tom got into a yellow jacket nest while picking popcorn that Mom put on a “mud” poltice.
She will be missed dearly, but forever be in our hearts.