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Ardean Bluite Ruffin was born to the late Willie and Ida Mae Bluite on July 7,
1926 in Sylvania, GA. She received her education through the Screven County
Ardean met and fell in love and married Jesse Lamar Ruffin from Jenkins County in
Rocky Ford, Georgia on April 26,1941. Over their fifty-years of marriage, nine
children were born to this union, of which two preceded them in death, Jessie Mae
and Cecil Ruffin.
She was affectionately called “Mother Ruffin” by her family and the community at
large. She was a mother to many children other than her own and she loved and
raised many through out the years including, Janie Mae, Pauline and Andrew
Robbins. Mother was a faithful friend to many and often volunteered her children to
assist the elderly in the community, especially Larry, the youngest child. Mother
Ruffin assisted many people in need even when she did not have much herself. Her
unselfish love for others was always her driving force. Along with her husband,
Deacon Jesse L. Ruffin (Nukum) and their children they served faithfully at Parker
Grove Missionary Baptist Church for many years.
She worked on the Missionary Board; she was the Youth Mother as well as the
Church Mother. She sang in the Choir and was a talented singer requested by many
surrounding Churches to sing in worshipping the Lord. She functioned in many other
capacities when called upon by her Church and her Community.
Mother worked as a departmental shift supervisor at BASF Textile Plant, she retired from BASF many
years ago. She loved her children and grandchildren passionately and always spoke
fondly of her sons as her “Golden Boys”. She also made it known to them that their
sister Alberta was the Queen.
Towards the latter years of Mother’s life, her passion for travel and adventure led her
to South Florida where she spent time with a few of her sons and extended family.
Mother had the opportunity to travel thought out the United States and abroad
extensively and enjoy it immensely. She lived a long and happy life and voiced that
she was ready to go home to be with the Lord. Mother attended Sunday Services on
March 26 th and after which she decided it was time to go. She passed peacefully at
home in Fort Lauderdale with some of her children and grandchildren at her bedside
on Friday, March 31 st at 8:30 p.m.
Mother leaves to cherish her memory seven children and their spouses, one daughter, Alberta Ruffin-
Griffin, six sons, Sidney (Mary) Ruffin, John W. (Sharon) Ruffin, Curtis L. (Jackie)
Ruffin, Charles E. Ruffin (Patrice), Hubert W. (Blossom) Ruffin, and Larry (FaLinda)
Ruffin and twenty-four grandchildren, fifty-five great grands, five great, great grands,
and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members, too many to name, as well
as her Church Families in Georgia and Florida.
Mother was cherished and adored by Dorothy Ruffin, Estelle Anderson, Marion
Brock, Patricia Bandy and Josie Cutter-Gordon.
In lieu of flowers, the Family request donations be made in honor of Ardean Bluite
Ruffin, to Parker Grove Baptist Church Building Fund by way of Cash App -