JONESBORO — Ruth Helen Holden, 80, of Jonesboro passed from this life Sunday, May 2, 2021, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

She was born in St. Paul, Minn., to the late John and Ruth Zechmeister on Dec. 17, 1940.

Ruth worked for NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital for 42 years before retiring on April 15, 2021.

She loved shopping and traveling. Ruth loved her family and enjoyed her special trips with them to Canada, Minnesota or whichever new location they would visit together.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her son, Brad Holden, and daughter, Ruth Helen “Tudy” Holden.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 50 years, Larry Holden of Jonesboro; daughter, Tracy Smothermon (Carey) of Jonesboro; and grandchildren, Brittney Holden, Sydney Smothermon and Jackson Smothermon.

Ruth also leaves behind two great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis 38105.