Ruby Mae Brister Dalton, 86, of Monticello, died on February 15, 2014. A celebration of her life was held on February 18th at Providence Baptist Church in Jayess with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Ronnie Burch of Trinity Baptist Church in Vicksburg officiated the service.
Mrs. Dalton was born in 1927 in Lincoln County to Robert Milton Brister and Carrie Amanda Boyd Brister. She graduated from Ruth High School. She was married in 1947 to Marcus M. Dalton. A life-long resident of Lincoln and Lawrence Counties, she was actively involved in development of the family cattle farm with her husband and in the rearing and education of her beloved children. An avid gardener, cook, seamstress and homemaker, she also enjoyed Gospel music, assembling jigsaw puzzles and fishing. Her family was the joy of her life. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church.
Survivors include her six children, Wyman Dalton of Kokomo, Brenna Smith of Brookhaven, Janie DiVentura (Brian) of Jensen Beach, Fla., Danita Dalton of Brandon, Jan Jenkins of Fair Hope, Ala. and Vonda McCullar of Southaven. She is also survived by and was extremely proud of her many grandchildren, Shannon Dalton (Marinda), Keri Dalton Armstrong (Devon), Lance Falvey, Michelle Falvey Trigg (Richard), Gabrielle Falvey Blair, Jimmie Jenkins, Shelley Jenkins, Roxanne Sanders, and Benjamin Sanders; as well as great-grandchildren, Jarrett Todd, Nicholas Hawker, Kaelyn Trigg, Riley Falvey, Duncan Falvey, Ellison Falvey, Tristen Dalton, McKinsey Dalton, Ethan Armstrong and Ainsley Armstrong. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Ideva Alexander (James) of Ruth; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Johnnie Brister of Ruth; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends.
She was predeceased by her parents and husband; seven sisters, Della Beard of Jayess, Annie Lee of Tylertown, Dorothy Calmes of Baton Rouge, La., Genevieve Dalton, Melba Alexander, Laurie Brister of Monticello, and Daphne Sumrall of Foxworth; five brothers, Donnie Brister of Baton Rouge, La., Emil Brister and Brenell Brister of Ruth, Edrodean (Edo) Brister of Themopolis, Wyo. and James Brister of Slidell, La. She was also predeceased by two infant grandchildren, Marcus Dewitt Falvey and Sally Amanda Jenkins.
The family wishes to express their gratitude and sincere appreciation to their Mother’s devoted caregivers and to the extraordinary staffs of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson and Hospice Ministries of Brookhaven.
In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to honor Mrs. Dalton’s memory may send memorial contributions to Providence Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 75 Providence Rd, Jayess, MS, 39641.