Ruth Todd Nowell

Ruth Todd Nowell

September 7, 1928 – August 28, 2020

Wendell, Ruth Todd Nowell, 91, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday. She was born on September 7, 1928 to Willie Dowell & Mamie Baker Todd. Ruth was a godly influence in her home, her church and her community. She loved talking to others about Jesus, being with & cooking for her family, attending the Todd Christmas party, attending Wendell Baptist Church, being a member of the Faith Sunday School class which she taught for 50 plus years and sitting on her porch. She taught many children at her Humpty Dumpty Kindergarten and was a teacher assistant at Carver School until she retired. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Royce Nowell, who was the love of her life, her sisters: Leona Kelly, Kathleen Nowell, Lula Bailey, Mamie Ramsey, & brothers: R. B., Willie, Furney, Joe, Cedric, and Leslie Todd.

She is survived by her children: Kay (Robin) Vann, Connie Greene & Al (Margaret) Nowell; grandchildren: Amos (Kim) Greene, Elizabeth (Clint) Vaughan, Ryan (Shannon) Vann, Benjamin (Mary Margaret) Vann, Mary Todd (Jon) Moseley, Mary Allison (Chester) Allen, Bert (Austen) Nowell, Annie Nowell, 15 great grandchildren, Many nieces & nephews.

The family would like to thank her loving caregivers: Gwen Powell, Carrie Rivers, Judith Perry, Bridgett Judd, Shirley Scott, Elizabeth Cook, Kelly’s Family Care Home & Transitions Lifecare.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wendell Baptist Church.

The family will have a private graveside service at Greenmount Cemetery. She will lie in state from 1- 3 pm, Saturday, at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Gina White Posted August 28, 2020 9:21 pm

    Grandma Ruth will be missed so much, however we know she is up in Heaven smiling, laughing, and visiting all her loved ones. You all are in our prayers ❤️ Gina Vaughan

  • Susan Spivey Posted August 29, 2020 9:13 am

    Pat and I send our love and prayers to the whole family. Mrs. Ruth and Mr. Royce were very special people.

  • Johnny Jones Posted August 30, 2020 9:06 am

    Connie, so sorry for your loss. My prayers and condolences to you and your family.

  • David Holifield Posted August 30, 2020 1:34 pm

    Remember Mrs Ruth with always a smiling face. Generations were influenced by her love and service to Christ. How fitting as the ‘baby’ of her family she now joins Mr Royce, parents, brothers and sisters to rejoice in heaven all together again. To Mrs Ruth’s children and extended family what a legacy you have in Mrs Ruth’s life.

  • Sonny & Sandy Trippe Posted August 30, 2020 1:58 pm

    So sorry to hear of Miss Ruth’s passing. Such a sweet lady. We love her dearly. Last time we stopped in, we’re unable to see her. Knew that would be the last time. In our hearts forever.

  • Scott Sanderford Posted August 31, 2020 9:11 am

    I had the pleasure of attending Mrs. Nowell’s kindergarten in 1967.. What a wonderful lady!

  • ElaineSumnerRay Posted August 31, 2020 11:26 am

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ruth. She was a lovely lady and will be missed by many. I always enjoyed talking to her and visited her last year. Thoughts and prayers being sent!

  • Tom & Vickie Vaughan Posted August 31, 2020 3:15 pm

    Liz & Family, We are sadden to hear about Ms. Ruth’s homegoing! I know she will be greatly missed! She was a teacher assistant when Wayne was at Carver School. She was so kind & loving to him. This world has lost a truly great lady! We pray God’s blessings & comfort to help you through this sad time.

  • Cathy Maynard Posted September 5, 2020 1:25 pm

    Ruth was a very, very special person. I loved seeing her when she would come in to Chick-fil-A. There was always a nice hug and a beautiful smile. I know the family and friends are going to miss her greatly.

  • Fantasie Bunn Posted September 18, 2020 6:50 pm

    Mrs. Nowell was my kindergarten teachers”Aid” and was such an amazing person! She will truly be missed she has touched so many lives in her years….my sincerest condolences goes out to her entire family. 👼 😢

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