Nancy Sue (Ruffin) McIntosh
On March 3, 1942, James Floyd and Mamie Ethel (Decker) Ruffin welcomed their fourth and final baby, Nancy Sue, into their lives. On May 30, 2021, they welcomed her back into their heavenly arms.
Nancy Sue (Ruffin) McIntosh answered to many names: Mama, Mother, Mom, Sue, Aunt Susie, Nanner Sue, Nasty Sue (her least favorite which was given to her by her brother Joe), and (her favorite) MeMaw.
Nancy spent all of her seventy-nine years in the Hugo area. She attended Hugo Public Schools. During her life, she worked at Wells-Lamont Glove Factory, owned and operated the Stardust Beauty Salon, and worked at City Drug Store. Following the birth of her grandson Garrett in 2002, she retired from the drug store to watch him while his Dad was at work.
In her spare time, Nancy enjoyed working in her yard, reading, working jigsaw puzzles (There was always a puzzle in progress on the coffee table when you walked through her door.), and spending time with family.
Nancy was also a handywoman extraordinaire, very proficient with a hammer, nails and other tools. As an avid reader, she enjoyed sharing her books with others once she had finished reading them. Her favorite book series, by far, was Harry Potter, but she also enjoyed the “Sisterhood” series by Fern Michaels. You would often find her watching Harry Potter movies when you came to visit; that is, of course, unless Judge Judy was on the T.V.
She loved easily and fiercely and was a strong believer that the word family meant both blood relatives and people you heart chose for you. If you walked through her door, you walked into her heart. If her kids loved someone, Nancy loved that person, too.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, LaDonna Sue Harris.
Nancy will be missed by all those who loved her and were loved by her: her sisters and brothers Gwen Thomson (the “Manatee” of the family), Joe Richard and Pat Ruffin, Rusty and Betty Ruffin, and her honorary brother Burl Wilson; her children Doug Harris, Denene Johnson, Gina Harris, and Vashina Butler; her grandchildren Kaitlyn Harris Reed, James Garrett Harris, Joe Reed, Zach and Ashley Harvey; her great granddaughter Ryver Kate Harvey, and the two additional blessings on the way.
Nancy touched the lives of far too many people to name individually, but she leaves behind many sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of the heart whom she loved and who loved her just as much. We hope they know how important they are and how much they blessed our mother’s life and ours. We know you share our grief.
A memorial service is pending; the family or funeral home will announce the date and time when scheduled.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book or send private condolences to the family at www.praterlampton.com