Ruth Mae Baswell, 73, of Monette, widow of James Baswell, died Sunday, July 20, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Manila, she was the daughter of the late Benton and Mary Lou Pasley and was a lifelong area resident. Mrs. Baswell was a homemaker and member of the Childress Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Robert Lee VanDiver, of Jonesboro; three daughters, Linda Barrett of Jonesboro, Kathy Clayton of Greenbrier, and Patsy Primm of Leachville; a brother, Henry Pasley of Manila; a half-sister, Lois Lambert of Manila; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Howard Funeral Chapel in Leachville with Rev. Waymon Holt officiating. Burial was in the Macey Cemetery at Monette.