Ruth Keranen


HOUSTON – Ruth Ann Stafford Keranen, 67, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 27, 1945, in Houston, to Lemuel Hackney Stafford and Ruth Pannell Stafford. She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with Dr. Randy Rinehart officiating.

Survivors include her son, Stacy Shawn Keranen (Michelle) of Houston; stepdaughter, Kathy Keranen of Okla.; stepson, Emil Keranen Jr. of Okla.; grandchildren, Preston Keranen and Brittnee Jaggars Keranen, both of Houston; sisters, Barbara (John) Carley of Redding, Calif., and Linda Ferguson of Gulf Port; and her brother, Frankie Stafford of Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Ann Marie Cole and Eugene Cole; husband, Emil E. Keranen; sister, Darlene Kellum; and brother, Eddie Dale Blansett.

Honorary pallbearers are Preston Keranen, Chris Blansett, Charles Stafford, Scott Kellum, Cyrus Carney and Shane Stafford.

Visitation is noon until service Sunday at the funeral home.

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