Ruthie Lacey, the daughter of the late James Franklin and Margaret Howard Ross, was born in Dardnelle, Ark. on March 8, 1945 and died at the Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on April 8, 2002, at the age of 57. Mrs. Lacey had been a resident of Essex most of her life, was a retired sewing machine operator with Brown Shoe Company in Bernie and a member of the Olive Branch General Baptist Church near Essex. On Dec. 30, 1968, she was united in marriage to Jim Lacey and he survives of the home in Essex. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Eddie Blackwell of Houston, Texas; by two daughters, Susan Coleman of Greenville and Rebakah Williams of Essex; by one step-son, Tim Lacey of Bloomfield; by one step-daughter, Karen Auner of Ironton; by 14 grandchildren; by three brothers, Charlie Robert Ross of Malden, James Ross of Matthews and Ray Ross of Brandon, Miss.; and by six sisters, Ruby Taylor of Fulton, Carolyn Holyfield of Bell City, Jewell Tankersley of Campbell, Margaret Jenkins of Indianola, Miss., Linda McClain of Malden and Betty Kerley of Puxico. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Visitation will be held at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter on Tuesday, April 9 from 5 - 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, April 10 at 1 p.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel with Rev. Doyle Corlew of Dexter and Rev. Dennis Ward of Essex officiating. Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.