Published 12:00 am Monday, February 8, 2010

Ruth Nessmith Cavanaugh, 80, of Leesville, passed away on February 6,
2010. She was a life-long resident of Leesville and was born on July 16, 1929 to the union of Hardy and Mable Nessmith.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 8, 2010 at Hixson Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at East Leesville Baptist Church from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Gill Arthur officiating. Burial will be at Castor Cemetery in Leesville under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home of
Ruth worked for the Vernon Parish School Board as a cafeteria manager at Leesville High School for 30 years. After retirement, she joined the Senior Circle as a volunteer at Byrd Regional Hospital. She was a life-long
member of East Leesville Baptist Church. Very rarely were the doors to her beloved church open when she was not present. In times of need, Ruth was always there giving of herself to her many friends. She was one of the most caring, kind and
compassionate women you would ever meet.
Ruth took so much pride in her three sons, Wayne, Jerry and Mike. How she loved her “boys”! They were so devoted to their very special mother.One of her greatest joys in her life was her twin
granddaughters, Jessica and Cortney. She was so blessed to be their grandmother. Ruth’s granddaughters could have searched the world over and never found a more loving and giving Maw Maw. She taught them love, humility and caring. They were truly the
light of her life.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; Hardy Nessmith and Mable Doolittle Nessmith; her loving husband of 38 years, Quinten; and her brothers, Edward “Sonny-Boy” Nessmith and James “Buddy” Nessmith.

Survivors include her sons, Wayne, Jerry and Mike Cavanaugh, all of Leesville; granddaughters Cortney and Jessica Cavanaugh of Leesville; sisters, Margaret Arthur and Mary Potts, both of Ferriday and Martha McClure and husband Sonny of
Wildsville; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the East Leesville Baptist Church at 266 Alexandria Hwy, Leesville, La 71446. Words of comfort may be shared with the
family at