Annie “Ruth” (Wheeler) Mitchell, age 70, of Buford, GA, passed away on June 7, 2006. Ruth was born into this life on September 7, 1935 to J. T. and Alma (Milligan) Wheeler in Oconee County, GA. She grew up in Oconee and Clarke Counties. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Gene Mitchell. She proudly raised 5 children, whom she is survived by, 3 sons, 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah & Larry Plott, Dacula, Donald Mitchell, Buford, Gerry Mitchell, Buford, Lisa & Bill Johnsa, Flowery Branch, Ken Mitchell, Buford; 10 grandchildren, Kimberly (Plott) Swanson, Lorie (Plott) Park, Michael Plott, Amanda (Mitchell) White, Allison Mitchell, Eric Mitchell, Brandon Mitchell, Jeremy Mitchell, Mitch Johnsa, Patrick Mitchell Johnsa. Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren. She is lovingly known as “Memaw” to these and countless other children she has had in her care over the years. Ruth is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Floyd Wheeler, Augusta. She is also survived by 4 loving siblings, Gene & Mary Ann Wheeler, Lexington, Ann (Wheeler) & Don Pass, Athens, David & Ann Wheeler, Oakwood, Ronnie Wheeler, Athens; sisters-in-law, Dean (Wheeler) McCurry, Augusta, Christine Adams, Buford. Surviving as well are 16 nieces and nephews, and several cousins. Ruth has been a member of Hog Mountain Baptist Church and the Hog Mountain Community for over 50 years, since moving to Gwinnett from Athens. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, with a warm gift of hospitality. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Hog Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. James Clayton, Rev. Chris Gaddis and Rev. Barney Williams officiating. The body will be placed in state at 1:30 p.m. Interment in Hog Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery. The following will serve as pallbearers: Mickey Wheeler, Barry Wheeler, Tony Wheeler, Bryan Wheeler, Kevin Wheeler, Greg Wheeler, Rodney Pass and Jeff Pass. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.