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Farris, Ruth Beard



  • Existence: 1917-1990


Ruth Beard Farris was born in Rich Valley, Virginia, on May 19, 1917 to Samuel Clemons Beard and Mattie Carson Duncan. Her father’s job as a Methodist minister required the family to move around the region, and she lived in Emory and Big Stone Gap in Virginia, and Rogersville in Tennessee. She attended Emory and Henry College, where she studied French, English, and education. She graduated in 1937. After graduation, she taught school, worked as a secretary in St. Louis, and then went to work in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on the atomic bomb project.

She married Clarence Kelly Farris on May 19, 1945. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born on July 8, 1946. Ruth remained at home for a few years and then returned to teaching. She retired from the Sullivan County School System in 1980. Mrs. Farris died November 4, 1990.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Ruth Beard Farris Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0507
Scope and Contents

The Ruth Beard Farris Papers consist of one file folder containing the genealogy and family history of Ruth Beard Farris and the Beard family and one VHS videotape of Joyce Harvill’s discussion of Appalachian quilts.

Dates: 1997, undated