Janet Ruth Southard (1942-2009)
Janet Ruth Southard, age 66, of Ashland, Ky., passed away surrounded by her loving family on Feb. 1, 2009, in Cornerstone Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. following a brief illness.
Mrs. Southard was born July 2, 1942, in Evansville, Ind., a daughter of the late Kenneth and Helen Holsapple Willis.
In addition, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Southard in 2003; and a son, Ronnie David Southard.
She taught math and Latin at Rose Hill Christian School and formerly taught at Booneville High School in Indiana and Boyd County High School. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lloyd, Ky., and was loved very much by her grandchildren and her students and will be sadly missed.
Surviving are a daughter, Joyce Gambill and husband, Richard of Ashland; a brother, Kenneth Wayne Willis and wife, Carol of Lynchburg, Va.; grandchildren, Scott and Kaylyn Gambill; a niece, Kim Ewers and two nephews, Kelley and Kirk Willis.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 at Steen Funeral Home-13th Street Chapel in Ashland by Pastor Jim Yates and Dr. Ronnie Mayes. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 at the funeral home.
Friends may make contributions to Rose Hill Christian School, 1001 Winslow Road, Ashland, KY 41102.
Online condolences may be made to www.steenfuneralhomes.com.