Ruth Van Gann Strain, age 87, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 6:35 a.m. at The Medical Center in Franklin.

Arrangements were under the direction of Gilbert Funeral Home where services were held Tuesday, April 16 with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Ruth was born July 2, 1931 in Simpson County to the late Jesse James Gann and the late Neil Van Brawner Gann. She was the wife of the late Robert Earl Strain. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert William Strain and two grandchildren, Phillip Strain and David Edward “Bubba” Fleming.

She is survived by six children, Larry Earl Strain (Gail) of Orlinda, Tennessee, James “Jim" Barton Strain (Patricia Flowers) of Scottsville, Cyndia Leevan Tarrence (Larry) of Bowling Green, Robbie Ruth Fleming of Franklin, Jonell Spivey (Delmar) of Russellville, and Alice Mae Cook (Jimmy) of Franklin; 12 grandchildren, Brian William “Pete” Strain, Joshua Alan Strain, Paul Strain, Christopher Strain (Melissa), Grace Evelyn Strain (Aaron Wilson), Cathy Dawn Cavanaugh (Alan), Jamie Renee Wallace (Eddie), Pamela Nichole Roberts (Tyler), Justin Cook (Sami Gann), Joey Cook, Rachel Tarrence, and Faith Spivey; two step-grandchildren, Isaiah Spivey and Heather Spivey; 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Ruth was a member of Franklin First Church of Nazarene and was a homemaker.

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