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“Please know that God is the Father of tender mercies and He is you helper and your comforter at this time of grief, Psalms 86:17. ”
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“I have fought a good fight and have finished my course. I have kept the faith; I am at peace with my soul.” Ms. Ruth Ann Durante ascended to our creator’s side on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the McLeod Hospice House after a long illness. Born on April 9, 1922 in Florence, South Carolina, she was the 3rd child born to the late Henry and Chaney Durante. There she spent her primary years, attended local schools and graduated from Wilson High School. Ruth was a renaissance woman for her time holding down two professions; Registered Nurse and Teacher both at Wilson and West Florence HS from where she retired in the late eighties. She was reknown for her fierce teaching style which many of her students can attest to. With Ruth as your teacher you were not going to leave her classroom without learning and knowing your lesson. Education was key to Ruth, which was evidenced by the multitude of schools she attended. Aside from her initial occupation as a Registered Nurse from Good Samaritan Waverly Nursing School she also had degrees from Columbia University (MA), Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (BA), Paine College, and Oxford University in England.. Ruth was a seasoned traveler and was able to experience many places both at home and abroad. Highlights of her world travels included Africa, Russia, Canada, Greece, Mexico, China, Japan and South America. One of her most notable and memorable ventures involved a humanitarian trip to Mali in 1994 where she accomplished her ultimate goal to feed the underfed children. (see insert). Her love for children was always dear to her heart and there wasn’t anything she would not do for a child in need.. Additionally, Ruth was an active member of various social organizations. During her years as President of a Florence Women’s Club she was instrumental in sponsoring The Ebony Fashion Fair Show for the south-eastern region. She also held a Lifetime Membership with the National Association of Colored People (NAACP). She maintained a long time membership with Trinity Baptist Church where she worshiped and fellowshipped for many years until her health declined. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Frances “Sadie” Wallace, Dorothy Durant, Robert “Bobby” Durant, Reese Durant and Cecil Durante; and her grand-nephews, Reese N. Durant, II and Welton Roberts. Left to cherish her with loving memories are her nieces, Victoria, Sana, Regina, Dorothy, Bonnie, and Ruthie. Grand nieces and nephews; Aldric, Regan, Shalamar, Sept, Maurice, Jamal, Warren and Keshawna; great- grands: Aaliyah, Welton Jr., Derrick, and a host of relatives and friends. “We will all miss her but her spirit will live through us all.” The memory of this loving woman will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew her. She rests now from her labor, but her words do follow. God rest her noble soul.

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