Ruth Naomi Freeman Morton departed this life on Monday, June 26,2023, at St Francis Medical Center. She was born on January 3, 1942 in Sussex County, VA to the late Alphaeus Freeman and Mable Greene Freeman. Ruth was the 7th of seven children. \n\n \n\nProceeding her to glory were her parents, Alphaeus and Mable, brothers Lewis Maye Sr and Howard Freeman Jr, and sister Emma Greene. \n\n \n\nRuth received her early education in the Sussex County school system until her family moved to Richmond, VA where she attended and graduated from Armstrong High School (class of 1959). She then attended and graduated from the Smith Madden Business School. \n\n \n\nRuth accepted Christ and was baptized at St. John’s Baptist Church in Sussex County at a young age. Upon moving to Richmond, she joined the Morning Star Baptist Church and was very active. She served as church clerk and secretary for many years as well as sang in the Senior Choir and Easter Sunrise Choir. At Morning Star, Ruth also served as a girl scout leader and was active with the senior group. She later joined Emmanuel Restoration Church and also sang in the choir there and participated in the Seniors Young at Heart Ministry, which she enjoyed. \n\n \n\nRuth worked in the Richmond Public School system for over 30 years and loved helping people. She touched the lives of many people at Mosby Middle and John F. Kennedy High Schools (just two of the schools that she worked at). \n\n \n\nRuth loved to travel and her favorite way to travel was by cruise ship. She traveled to the Bahamas, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, and many other destinations. More than traveling, she loved her family, especially her granddaughter Skylar Ruth. Skylar was the apple of Ruth’s eye. Ruth would light up whenever she talked to her or about her. \n\n \n\nShe leaves to cherish her memories: her loving and devoted daughter, Natalie Ruth Smith, son in love, Keith V. Smith, granddaughters Skylar Smith and Kayla Smith, grandson Jordan Smith, granddogs Rocket and Brody Smith, a loving and encouraging sister, Mable Mason, and a bonus son, Nathaniel (Trey) Morton III, six nephews, five nieces, 22 great nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends, including Bryantie Smith. Ruth was loved by many and will truly be missed.