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Ruth Mullins Cato

After a long illness which she faced with strength and courage, Ruth Cato, loving wife and wonderful mother passed away July 13, 2020, at her home.

Ruth Mullins Cato was born July 17, 1935, at Taft, TN daughter of the late Coleman F. and Iola McCown Mullins.  She is survived by her husband of sixty-five years, Jack R. Cato of Lebanon; son, Michael A. Cato; daughter, Cynthia R. Cato, both of Lebanon; grandson, Cameron Cato, Murfreesboro; granddaughter, Laura (Tom) Cato Leahy, Philadelphia, PA; brother, Bobby S. Mullins and wife Mildred Clayton Mullins, Nashville; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by brothers:  Copelon (Carrie) Mullins, Horace (Frances) Mullins; sister, Ruby Mullins (Everette) Moore.

She graduated from Blanche High School, Blanche, TN, attended Nashville Business College and moved with her husband to Lebanon in 1956.  She was secretary and bookkeeper for their family business until her death.  She was baptized at the age of fourteen in Fayetteville, TN.  She was a member of Maple Hill Church of Christ.

Ruth joined the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 2008, the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2017, and was a longtime member of the local AARP chapter.  She held several offices within these organizations.

Known by friends as someone always ready to help in any way she could, Ruth and her special talents will be missed by many.

A private graveside service was held Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Bro. Jonas Taylor officiating.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME, in charge of arrangements.


Messages for the Family

  1. John M. Clemmons says:
    Mr. Jack,

    I am very saddened to hear about the loss of you loving wife. I know you will always think of her. You are a good and very smart fellow that I respect very much!
    May GOD Bless you and yours always

  2. Odell & Linda Bain says:
    Jack I am so sorry to hear about Ruth. Praying God will send you comfort during this time. Hugs & Prayers for you and your family.
  3. Marion Sloan says:
    Jack & family, So sorry to read of Ruth’s passing, may she RIP. God bless her family.
  4. Shirley Bramlett says:
    Cytheia, So sorry to hear about your Mom. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Randy & Shirley
  5. Ken Dun Rebels Rest Farm, Lebanon says:
    Cindy and family: Just today (/////////thursday) learned of Miss Ruths passing. So very very sorry and sad , but just remem,ber she does not suffer any more.; Love to all and Jack.
  6. Deborah and John Baugh says:
    Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. She was a kind beautiful soul to everyone. Prayers and Love to Mr Jack and family
  7. Jerry Franklin says:
    Dear Jack, Cynthia, and Michael:
    You have been troopers and very supportive of Ruth during this very difficult time.
    I am so sorry that y’all lost a mate and Mom and as a friend I am very sad for the family. You are loved and well thought of in this community. I count it an honor to be considered your friend and wish you God’s love at this special time in your lives.
  8. Anne Tomlinson says:
    Mike, so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you; especially your sweet dad. God bless you.