Thursday, November 19 2020
Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes AT 04:43 pm | Permalink | 6 Comments | Email
Ruth Hilda Slaughter Hendrick, 97, passed peacefully at her home on Nov.19, 2020 after a brief illness surrounded by her loving family.
Born April 6, 1923 to Clyde Oakley Slaughter and Herbert Mavins Slaughter in Kenbridge Va. She is survived by her children Ruth Renee Hendrick, Joel Mavins Hendrick, Shaun Lawson Hendrick, and her grandchildren Nicolle C. Ackley, Aurelie M. Hardell, Jenna M. Hendrick, and Jason D. Hendrick. She is predeceased by her husband Joseph Lawson Hendrick, her sister Louise Ragsdale, and brothers Roy Slaughter, Richard Slaughter, Jerry Slaughter, and James Slaughter.
Ruth was a life long talented artist who began her work at Wendell Powell Studio in Richmond as a photographic retouch artist. While developing her creative training under a notable artist, Ann Bell Eubank, she went on to develop her gift as a painter, to include commissioned portraits and painted for the joy of it until the end of her life. Her artwork remains a treasure to her family and friends and reflects the beauty of her inspired perceptions of those she loved, nature, and the world around her.
She continued working while her husband received his doctorate from Harvard University and moved extensively with her family settling in the Annapolis MD. area for many years before returning to her beloved family farm where she lived the last 20 years of her life.
She has left us with the blessings of her unwavering love and memories of the beauty she spun from her passion to create. She never failed to remind us to be thankful for the gifts of the life we were lucky enough to have shared with her. Her passing is of the deepest loss for our family and friends as we remember how extremely fortunate we are to have benefitted from her loving and comforting presence.
A small private interment at Kenbridge Heights Cemetery is planned due to concerns of the Covid pandemic. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Amedisys-Hospice of Midlothian Va.
There will be a memorial celebration of her life in spring of 2021 at the family farm in Kenbridge, that will be announced through this website. Hopefully by spring it will be safer to gather together to celebrate her life.