Ruth Ann Collake, age 87, of Madisonville, Tennessee, passed away at 8:37 a.m. Sunday, September 15, 2019, at Life Care Center of Copper Basin. She retired from the Monroe County Board of Education after 41 years of service and was a member of Liberality Baptist Church. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was an avid gardener and dearly loved all the children she taught in school.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Collake; parents, Amos and Lucille Hicks Duncan; and sister-in-law, Darlene Duncan.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and David Cook of Copperhill; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Connie Collake and Jeff and Tracey Collake, all of Madisonville; grandchildren and spouses, Andrea and Shaun Crump, Andrew Cook all of Copperhill, Justin and Amy Jo Collake, Brandon and Brittany Collake, and Ellie Ann Collake, all of Madisonville; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Brett Davis, of McCaysville, Kelsey Crump, of Copperhill and Connor Collake, of Madisonville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold and Violet Duncan and Austin and Joyce Duncan, all of Etowah; special nephew and niece, Dean and Vivian Collake, of Sweetwater; and beloved pet Rosie.
Special thanks to the devoted and loving staff of Life Care Center of Copper Basin. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 17, at Biereley-Hale Chapel with the Rev. B.J. Wall and the Rev. Niles Dockery officiating.
Interment was held Wednesday, September 18, at Haven Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Liberality Baptist Church, c/o Hubert Kinser, 102 County Road 404, Madisonville, TN 37354 or The Alzheimer’s Association, at Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc., 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919-6340.