Helen E. Ruffin, 85, of Marshall, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at First Baptist Church in Marshall. Rev. N. Paul Callahan will officiate. Pallbearers will be Louis Eddy, Jack Lane, Thomas A. Smith, Darrell Jackson, Jack Siler and Don Kercher. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in Laurel Oak Cemetery in Windsor. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church.
Born Sept. 15, 1917, in Henry County, she was the daughter of the late Wilford I. Brownfield and Floy Goodin Brownfield. On Aug. 16, 1942, near Grand Pass, she married John D. Ruffin, who preceded her in death June 27, 1996. She had lived in Saline County since 1950 and was a member of First Baptist Church in Marshall, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a retired school teacher, having taught in public schools in Henry, Lafayette and Saline counties. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of Marshall Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of America and the Society of University Women Association. She was a graduate of Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg and did post-graduate work at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Survivors include one brother, Cameron W. Brownfield of Marshall.