Sue Terhune (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ruth Virginia Burnett was born 17 March 1922 in Paducah, McCracken Co., KY, the 6th. child of James Washington and Ora Atwood (Elliott) Burnett.
This photo of the youngest Burnett children was taken about 1926. The children from left to right: Kathryn Anita, Milton Ray, and Ruth Virginia.
Ruth in 1938 at age 18
Ewing Wilton Egner and niece, Juanita Johnson, in 1938.
At the age of 18 she married Ewing Wilton Egner Sr., born 29 Nov 1917 in Marshall Co., KY. He died suddenly 16 July 1940, leaving Ruth with two sons, Ewing Wilton Egner Jr. and Phillip Dean Egner.
Ewing Wilton "Will" Egner Jr. - 1940 Ruth and Will - 1941
In the 1940s, photographers used to walk through the Detroit neighborhoods with a pony and their cameras, stopping at homes to take pictures of the children. The 1941 photo above was evidently one of the hundreds taken that year.
Will Egner - about 1944
(Left to right) Phillip "Dean", Will and Ruth about 1952 enjoying a dinner at the home of Dorothy and Jim Johns.
This photo was also taken at the home of Jim and Dorothy Johns in about 1952.
Left to right: Will, Dean, Mama Burnett, and Ruth.
Dean's 7th grade school picture
Ruth and Henry "Hank" Rusalla were married in about 1956 in Detroit, MI and later divorced. Ruth and Hank Rusalla taken in August 1966.
Ruth married Fredrick Karl "Fred" Purkey on 29 August 1974. Fred was born 5 August 1921 in St. Joseph, MO. She was given in marriage by her brother Ray in the picture on the left.
Ruth, Fred and Jim Johns - July 1976
Fred and Ruth - December 1980
Fred and Ruth - 1992
Fred passed away on August 21, 1995 and Ruth followed on March 23, 1998.
(For more pictures of Ruth and her family, see the photo album in Jim and Ora Burnett's pages.)