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Ruth O'Mell, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Baptist Hospital. She was 96. Ruth was born in Memphis in 1916, the fourth of five children of Flora and Solomon Meyer. After graduating from Central High School, Ruth worked as a bookkeeper at the old Bry's Department store in downtown Memphis where, as chance would have it, she was spotted on an elevator by the soon-to-be love of her life, Max O'Mell. Max, who worked at Bry's as an optician, followed Ruth throughout the store until she accepted their first date. They were married in Memphis in 1937. In 1950, Ruth and Max moved to Meridian, Mississippi, where Max continued his career and Ruth took care of her growing children. Ruth's love for her family came first in her life, followed by her love for crossword puzzles and needlework and her passion for bowling. She often traveled the state participating in bowling tournaments as a champion bowler.

Ruth carried out a precept of her faith by combining her hobby with an act of loving kindness, and spent years teaching special children with learning disabilities how to bowl. A soft-spoken and kind woman, Ruth returned to Memphis in 1998 and lived with her devoted son and daughter-in-law in Olive Branch for the past 11 years. She was a member of the Memphis Jewish Community Center. Ruth leaves her adoring children, Myrna Levy (Dr. Joe) of Memphis, Fred O'Mell (Kay) of Olive Branch, and Alvin O'Mell of Dallas; two grandchildren, Dr. Beth Levy Goldfeder and Dr. Alan Levy, both of Memphis; and four great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Jonathan Goldfeder, and Rex and Max Levy. She also leaves her cherished caretakers, Tremisa Cox, Annie Pryor and Lisa Humes.

Graveside services for Ruth will be held at 1 p.m. today, April 9, at Anshei Sphard Cemetery on Airways Boulevard. The family requests that you remember Ruth with a donation to Anshei Sphard Beth El Emeth Congregation, where Ruth was a member, or to a charity of your choice.

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