TATE, Ruth R. 98, of Mechanicsville, VA went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, October 12, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence, and Eugenia Rigsby; her beloved husband of 65 years, Welford Tate; two brothers, Wilson, and Leslie Rigsby; and a sister, Joyce Soghoian. Ruth is survived by her children, Don Tate (Anne), Ricky Tate (Teresa), and Karen Stanley (Ray); six grandchildren, Nathan Tate (Sally), Kirby Striano (Jimmy), Megan Stanley, Brandon Tate, Travis Stanley, and Adam Tate; five great-grandchildren, Rachel, Haylie, and Evan Striano, and William and Greyson Tate; her brother, Bill Rigsby; and sister, Edna Jones. Ruth was born in Louisa County. After settling in Richmond, she worked for American Tobacco Company for 39 years. She was a charter member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church where she especially enjoyed her Sunday School class. The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 pm, Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Monaghan Funeral Home, 7300 Creighton Pkwy., Mechanicsville, VA 23111. A graveside celebration of life will be held, 3:00 pm, Monday, October 18, 2021, at Washington Memorial Park, 6217 Memorial Drive, Sandston, VA 23150. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dementia Society of America or Mechanicsville Baptist Church. The family would like to extend a debt of gratitude to Ruth’s devoted team of caregivers, Keisha Francis, Vanessa Francis, Natika Francis, Shamari Jefferson, Sherissa Valazquez, and Kaymesha Francis, who not only handled her basic needs, but demonstrated sincere love, kindness, and friendship throughout her long battle with dementia.
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