Ruth DeBrunner

Hamilton County

Ruth Marion Hayslip DeBrunner died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 at the home of her daughter. Ruth moved to Chattanooga in 2007 from Simpsonville, S.C. While in Chattanooga, she became active with the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served as a volunteer with Memorial Hospital for the Cancer Resource Center.Born in Fresno, Calif., to Margaret Anthony and John Warren Hayslip, she grew up in Cincinnati. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1957 with a BS in Nursing, and her first job in nursing was with the Public Health Department in Cincinnati. Ruth was a part of the first certificate class for Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In the 1980s she obtained two masters degrees: a master of Science in Nursing at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. and a master of counseling psychology from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She continued her career as a Nurse Practitioner until her retirement in the late 1990s.Throughout her life, she was a healer of body, mind, and spirit. She gracefully combined her medical, mental health, and spiritual talents into a ministry of healing.She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ralph DeBrunner.Ruth is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Bruce Hagemeyer; her son, Stephen (Candy) DeBrunner; stepmother, Marie Hayslip; and brothers, David Hayslip and J. Randall Hayslip; niece, Karla DeBrunner; nephew, Victor (Linda) DeBrunner; grandchildren, great-nieces and a great-nephew, and cousins.A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 650 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Christian Church, the Joe and Virginia Schmissrauter Centers for Cancer Support at Memorial Hospital, or a charity of your choice.Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN, 37343. Please share your thoughts and Memories at

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