Ruth Austin Denney of Canton died Saturday at the age of 95 after a short illness.
Mrs. Denney was an honorary member and past active member of the Service League of Cherokee County and served as president in 1960-61.
She was a member of Trayletaah Garden Club, the Women’s Missions Union Circle and the Hightower Trail Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ruth Denney, along with her husband, W.W. Denney who died in 1996, actively participated in the Canton Rotary Club where she served as a Rotary Ann.
During the time they were active with the organization, the couple hosted a foreign exchange student from Finland, with whom they maintained their relationship for over 40 years.
Ruth Denney was also active in the PTA, her children’s scouting programs, and a member of two local bridge clubs
“Mrs. Denney was always involved in community activities. She was always very gracious and always the kind of person who would alllow others to take credit even if the ideas were hers,” said Rev. Nathan Brandon, director of Senior Services in Cherokee County.
Brandon first met Mrs. Denney when he was assistant minister at First Baptist Church of Canton.
“Of course, I met her in the 1980s when she was on the counting committee, they counted the offering. They would go to the bank and process the Sunday offering on Monday mornings. There was certainly a sense of responsibility and confidentiality for those who served in that role,” Brandon said.
Brandon, a member of Heritage Baptist Church where Mrs. Denney was later a member, said he admired her as he got to know her.
“I got to know her better through the death of her husband, and realized what a part of the community they both had been,” he said. “She had an internal compass about what is right and wrong. I see that in her children and family. I admire that.”
Mrs. Denney was born to the late Dr. William H. Austin and Daisy Maynard Austin on Feb. 5, 1917, in Griffin.
She graduated from Griffin High School in 1933, and attended the University of Georgia.
After her father’s death she returned home to help support her family.
She and Denney were married in 1938, and they were married for 57 years, until he passed away in 1996.
The couple moved to Canton in 1950, where she lived for the last 62 years. The couple had four children, Wilson Denney of Athens, Jack Denney of North Carolina, Joan Denney of Canton and Ann Denney Benzel of Waleska.
She was an active member of Canton First Baptist Church for over 40 years, where she assisted the treasurer for 30 years. After Denney died, she joined Heritage Baptist Fellowship Church and was an involved member there for 16 years.
Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Heritage Baptist Fellowship with Rev. Jake Hall, Rev. Nathan Brandon, Rev. Charles Davis and Rev. J.R. Huddlestun officiating, and a reception will follow. Burial will follow at Cherokee Memorial Park.