Mary Ruth (McKenzie) Gulledge

Born: Mon., Mar. 23, 1959
Died: Thu., Jun. 9, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 10, 2016
Location: Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Sat., Jun. 11, 2016
Location: Peebles Curry Memorial Chapel


Location: Bithynia Church Cemetery

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mrs. Mary Ruth Gulledge, age 57, of Swainsboro, GA on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Emanuel Medical Center.


Funeral services will be Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 4 PM in the Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel with Rev. Lamar Kersey officiating.


Interment will follow in the Bithynia Church Cemetery.


The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6-8 PM.


Pallbearers are Tyler Dawkins, Chuck Dawkins, Tim Harrell, Ray McKenzie, and Glenn McKenzie


Mrs. Gulledge was born in Swainsboro, GA, on March 23, 1959. Mary Ruth was a Corrections Officer for two years at the Women’s Youth Detention Center (YDC) in Emanuel County was in charge of Animal Control for 10 years at the Emanuel County Animal Shelter, loved to hunt, fish, read her bible, and spend time with her family. She was a loving and wonderful wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and friend.


Survivors include:


Her Husband of 37 years: Wayne Gulledge of Swainsboro, GA


One Daughter: Melissa Gulledge (Jeff Farmer) of Swainsboro, GA


Parents: Clifford and Ruth McKenzie of Swainsboro, GA


Two Brothers: Ricky Robertson of Swainsboro, GA and Bo McKenzie (Connie) of Dublin, GA


One Grandchild: Jenna Rae Farmer, nieces, nephews, and extended family


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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Mary Ruth Gulledge of Swainsboro, GA.

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Patsy Kersey
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
Wayne, Melissa, so sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet person and I know that you both are going to miss her so much. May God give you peace and comfort as you both try to
move forward. May God bless you both and know that she is now at peace with God

Patsy Kersey

Jenene Donaldson
   Posted Fri June 10, 2016
Melissa, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mother! I hope the Lord will give you peace. I did not know her but I did know your Grandmother, Ruth. God be with you.

Dianna McKenzie Dobson
   Posted Fri June 10, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with Mary Ruth's family during this time. Although I haven't seen Mary Ruth in years she was my favorite girl cousin growing up as we are only three days apart in age and had so much in common. My daddy (Rudolph) brought us to Swainsboro every summer to visit family and Mary Ruth and I had so much fun exploring the farm (at least it was fun for us city girls), swimming at Browns Spring, riding mini-bikes, going to the family reunion, jumping in the corn in the barn and just hanging out. We wrote letters back and forth to each other all year until we would see each other again the next summer. You'll be missed for sure by your loved ones.

Mary Ann Godbee
   Posted Fri June 10, 2016
Wayne Melissa and Family;

I am so sorry for your loss. Ms Mary was one of a kind. She has always been kind to me and was always laughing when I saw her. May God Bless all of you in your loss.

May Edsall arts sister
   Posted Sat June 11, 2016
Iam so sorry to hear about Mary i know art and everybody will miss Mary.